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A prototype simulator output movie system based on parallel processing technology

Authors: Carmichael, N., Hewson, D., Vorst, J. van der


New parallel processing technologies potentially offer immense computing power at a very reasonable price. However it is not yet clear how best this potential may be realised for the large class of applications of concern to the Shell computing community. Shell U.K. (Expro) Ltd., as one of that company's ninth licensing round initiatives, decided to purchase a parallel processing machine (a member of the "computing surface" range from Meiko Ltd.,a Bristol ,U.K., based company). In order to test the abilities of the machine and its suppliers, dynamic "movie style" display of oil or gas reservoir simulator output (ie. changing fluid distributions within the reservoir) was chosen as an application example. The presentation will give a brief description of the application and of how it is placed on the machine. These devices are now being routinely used by reservoir engineers.Operational usage of the system will be discussed (a video of an interactive session will be available) and some more general remarks about the placement of such technology within an extensive heterogeneous computing environment will be made.


OUG-9: Occam and the Transputer -- Research and Applications, Charlie Askew, 1988, pp 169 - 175 published by IOS Press, Amsterdam

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