HPC4E at ICE Barcelona 2016

Barcelona hosted the AAPG’s International Conference and Exhibition 2016 (ICE) from 3 to 6 April 2016. ICE Barcelona's conference curriculum featured a high-quality, diverse technical program, plus various short courses and field trips designed to provide a comprehensive learning experience for attendees.

HPC4E not only attended the event but also took an active role presenting some Oral and Poster Sessions as well as chairing some of the sessions. 

The Oral sessions presented by BSC researchers at HPC4E project focused on: 

  • Steel casing effect on land CSEM monitoring and Edge-based parallel framework for the simulation of 3D CSEM surveys, both in the EM Exploration: CSEM session
  • Mixed precision iterative solver for the solution of large systems of linear equations in electromagnetic exploration, EM Exploration: MT and Joint Methods session
  • Roofline-model-driven optimizations for elastic wave propagation on modern processors and Towards an efficient and reliable HPC software platform for 3D geophysical inversion, both in the HPC Geophysical Exploration session
  • Accurate 3D bathymetry representation in low-dispersion finite differences and Exploiting a priori model reduction methods to accelerate seismic simulations, both in Seismic Modeling 1 session
  • A comparative study of different time integration schemes applied to finite difference elastic wave simulations in Seismic Modeling 2
  • Optimization strategies for implementing elastic wave propagators in Intel Xeon phi coprocessors in Innovation session
  • 3D elastic inversion in presence of smooth topography: Application to real data in Full Waveform and Anisotropy session

Researcher in HPC4E project and Geosciences applications BSC group manager, Josep de la Puente, also chaired the session Seismic Modeling 2 and HPC Geophysical Exploration, this last one together with Mauricio Hanzich, also researcher in HPC4E project and at CASE department at BSC.

The poster Multi azimuth survey design for a complex carbonate reservoir in offshore Spain, presented during the Poster Sessions, was contributed by HPC4E researchers. Most contributions were in collaboration between BSC and Repsol. BSC's contribution had very good feedback from the attending experts, and showed important advances in the fields of geophysical simulations and optimization, but also on fundamental issues of applied mathematics related to geophysical exploration. Repsol showed their progress in fault orientation identification by means of HPC modelling tools.