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2017 , Volume 22, 3, p.16-31

Glinskikh V.N., Dudaev A.R., Nechaev O.V.

High-performance CPU - GPU heterogeneous computing in resistivity logging of oil and gas wells

The work is concerned with the development of numerical algorithms for solving forward problems of borehole geoelectrics by applying high performance GPU computing.

Studying new types of complex hydrocarbon reservoirs demands the improvement of logging tools and software for data processing. The improvement of processing accuracy is feasible with the use of numerical solutions in full mathematical formulations. Computational problems in resistivity logging are known to be resource-intensive and not very effective when used in practice. This research considers one of the ways to speed up calculations, namely through the application of NVIDIA graphics processors.

We have developed and implemented into software an algorithm for the simulation of resistivity logging data from oil and gas wells, by making use of high-performance CPU - GPU heterogeneous computations. The numerical solution of the 2D forward problem is based on the finite-element method and the Cholesky decomposition for solving a system of linear equations. The software implementations of the algorithm are made by means of NVIDIA CUDA technology and computing libraries making it possible to decompose the equation system and find its solution on CPU and GPU. The analysis of computing time as a function of the order of matrix and number of non-zero elements has shown that in the case at hand the computations are the most effective when decomposing on GPU and finding a solution on CPU. We have estimated the operational speed of CPU and GPU computations, including high-performance heterogeneous CPU - GPU ones. It is found that heterogeneous CPU - GPU computations enable speeding up in comparison with similar CPU or GPU calculations. Using the developed algorithm, we have simulated resistivity data in realistic models. The results of our investigation point to a high efficiency of the algorithm in respect to dealing with a wide variety of practical problems

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Keywords: graphics processing units, CPU - GPU heterogeneous computing, parallel algorithm, finite-element method, 2D forward problem, resistivity logging

Author(s):
Glinskikh Viacheslav Nikolaevich
PhD. , Associate Professor
Position: Head of Laboratory
Office: Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics SB RAS
Address: 630090, Russia, Novosibirsk
Phone Office: (383) 3304505
E-mail: GlinskikhVN@ipgg.sbras.ru

Dudaev Alexander Ruslanovich
Position: assistant
Office: Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics SB RAS
Address: 630090, Russia, Novosibirsk
E-mail: DudaevAR@ipgg.sbras.ru

Nechaev Oleg Valentinovich
Office: Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics SB RAS, Novosibirsk State University
Address: 630090, Russia, Novosibirsk, Acad. Koptyug av. 3
E-mail: oleg.v.nechaev@gmail.com

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Glinskikh V.N., Dudaev A.R., Nechaev O.V. High-performance CPU - GPU heterogeneous computing in resistivity logging of oil and gas wells // Computational technologies. 2017. V. 22. 3. P. 16-31
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