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Thursday, February 28 • 2:45pm - 3:00pm
Applications and Programming Models: "From Equations to Simulators: FEniCS in Reservoir Simulation," Yaakoub El Khamra, Texas Advanced Computing Center, The University of Texas at Austin


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There are many applicable adjectives to the process of reservoir simulator development. Quick and easy are not typically among them.

However, with the advent of automated scientific computing tools, namely the FEniCS project, it is possible to rapidly solve the coupled, nonlinear partial differential equations we encounter in reservoir simulation. The FEniCS project is a collaborative project that spans a problem-solving environment, a form compiler, finite element tabulator, a code generation interface, high performance solver/preconditioner packages, visualization packages, mesh generation and partitioning etc... . Using FEniCS it is possible to solve a system of coupled PDE's with only a variational form, a mesh and a boundary specification. We show the efficiency of using FEniCS by demonstrating a black oil reservoir simulator written in Python, using FEniCS, running in parallel on HPC infrastructure in under two hundred lines of code. We discuss lessons learned during development and possible future directions for automated scientific computing.



Henri Calandra

Henri Calandra obtained his M.Sc. in mathematics in 1984 and a Ph.D. in mathematics in 1987 from the Universite des Pays de l’Adour in Pau, France. He joined Cray Research France in 1987 and worked on seismic applications. In 1989 he joined the applied mathematics department of the French Atomic Agency. In 1990 he started working for Total SA. After 12 years of work in high performance computing and as project leader for Pre-stack Depth... Read More →

Olav Lindtjorn

HPC and Innovation Manager, Schlumberger
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Jan Odegard

Executive Director, Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology, Rice University
Jan E. Odegard joined the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology (formerly Computer and Information Technology Institute) at Rice University as Executive Director in 2002. In this role he led the development and deployment of large scale competing resources in support of research. Today, the computational resources deployed at Rice supports the research of over 100 faculty members and close to 500 users. The majority of users are... Read More →


Yaakoub El Khamra

Research Engineer, Texas Advanced Computing Center, The University of Texas at Austin
Yaakoub is a research engineer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center with a background in petroleum and mechanical engineering. He is part of the performance and architecture high performance computing group.

Thursday February 28, 2013 2:45pm - 3:00pm
DH 1064 Duncan Hall