Under the title “HPC numerical tools in Hydrocarbon Exploration and Development”, the ENERXICO project organised a minisymposium within the SIAM Conference GS21 which took place from 21 to 24 June 2021.
The forum focused on HPC high accurate modelling codes to assist industrial-scale operations for hydrocarbon exploration and development and it was divided into two sessions. The first one consisted in five different talks given by ENERXICO partners: Taoufik Ait-Ettajer from Repsol, Jian Cao from the Université Grenoble Alpes, Otilio Rojas from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Sebastian Wolf from the Technical University of Munich and Humberto Hinojosa from ININ. All presentations were based on different topics related to HPC such us the main advanced material models for seismic simulations using ADER-DG, the usage of a Fluid-Solid Coupled SEM Solver for Full Waveform Inversion of Ocean-Bottom Seismic data, and the expansion-based time integrations for pseudospectral modelling of acoustic wave propagation.
In the second session four more talks were given by Octavio Castillo from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Cassiane Numes from Repsol-Sinopec, Carlos Santos from Repsol, and Ursula Iturraran from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM). All of them presented particular cases related to HPC and its applications in reservoir and earth subsurface characterisation as well as seismic processing.
In summary, the workshop covered very interesting topics about HPC in the hydrocarbon industry and served as a springboard for discussions about the next generation of Exascale modelling tools for upstream operations in this area.