The U.S.' energy giant ExxonMobil will use simulation software to work on complex oil and gas reservoir models to improve exploration and production results, the company announced Thursday.
According to the company's press release, ExxonMobil and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), have achieved a breakthrough with proprietary software using more than four times the previous number of processors.
This proprietary software demonstrates record performance using 716,800 computer processors and reservoir development scenarios that can be examined thousands of times faster, the press release said.
The company's geoscientists and engineers can now make better investment decisions by more efficiently predicting reservoir performance under geological uncertainty to assess a higher volume of alternative development plans in less time, according to the press release.
“This breakthrough has unlocked new potential for ExxonMobil’s geoscientists and engineers to make more informed and timely decisions on the development and management of oil and gas reservoirs,” said Tom Schuessler, president of ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company.
“As our industry looks for cost-effective and environmentally responsible ways to find and develop oil and gas fields, we rely on this type of technology to model the complex processes that govern the flow of oil, water and gas in various reservoirs,” Schuessler added.
The NCSA at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides supercomputing and advanced digital resources for the nation’s science enterprise. In the NCSA at the University of Illinois, staff, students, and collaborators from around the globe use advanced digital resources to address and research challenges for the benefit of science and society.
By Muhsin Baris Tiryakioglu