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Possibilities of high-performance computing (HPC) technologies for oil and gas fields development and operation in context of extreme scale data flows

Authors: Boris A. NIKITIN graduated from the oilfield Department of Gubkin Moscow Institute of Petrochemical and Gas Industry in 1964. He is Doctor of Technical Sciences, full professor, head of the Department of Offshore Oil and Gas fields Development of Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas. He is author of more than 250 scientific papers. E-mail: oversea@gubkin.ru
Oleg V. ZAKHAROV graduated from the Department of Oil Technology of Samara State Technical University in 2010. He is postgraduate student of the Department of Offshore Oil and Gas fields Development of Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas. His research interests are oil and gas fields simulations. He is author of 2 scientific publications, patent for geomechanical software MLGeomechanics. E-mail: oleg_zv@list.ru
Igor V. ZAKHAROV graduated from the Department of Oil Technology of Samara State Technical University in 2010. He is postgraduate student of the Department of Offshore Oil and Gas fields Development of Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas. His research interests are subsea production systems. He is author of 1 scientific publication. E-mail: z_iv26@mail.ru

Abstract: The current fuel and energy complex development trend is characterized by agile and rapid innovation of information technologies for different oil and gas field lifecycle. Technological advances in computation speed and data extraction have encouraged the use of high-performance (supercomputer) computation technologies in the upstream business. The use of such technologies allows to boost competitiveness, technological and software self-sufficiency, as well as operational activities efficiency of the upstream and field service companies. Data package handling with concurrent processing and interpretation, as well as parallel (simultaneous) linked problem solving can only be efficient when high-performance (supercomputer) technologies with appropriate software are used. The article presents the main principles of supercomputer operation, computation capacity evolution and evaluation of software packages as a result of computation capacity advances. Special focus in the article is given to the new high-performance software technologies for hydrodynamic simulation, geomechanical and seismic modelling and its visualization, as well as for upstream subsea operations modelling as the most information-intensive business segments requiring the HPC software. Such technologies have been implemented by all leading international upstream operators and field service companies because of its effectiveness and opportunities. The article examines the first Russian project on the use of import-substituting HPC integrated hydrodynamic and geomechanical modeling technologies. The use of HPC technologies and entry of new software developers provides an opportunity for the Russian upstream and field service companies to significantly diminish their dependence on traditional software vendors and technologies, to gain clear competitive advantages and to open new markets and means of market entry. Taking into consideration very limited information on the subject, the article summarizes and gives analysis of the fragmented information on the most current development trends for upstream and field service companies, including the Russian ones

Index UDK: 532.5.032

Keywords: offshore fields, high-performance computing, supercomputer, extreme scale computing, big data, grid network, software, flow simulation, seismic survey, geomechanical modeling, subsea production system

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