Integrated Parallel Accurate Reservoir Simulators (IPARS), developed under the directorship of Mary Wheeler at the
Center for Subsurface Modeling,
at the University of Texas' Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics,
TICAM, is a framework for developing parallel models
of subsurface flow and transport through porous media.
It currently can simulate single phase (water only),
two phase (water and oil) or three phase (water, oil and gas) flow through a multi-block
3D porous medium. IPARS can be applied to model water table decline due to overproduction
near urban areas, or enhanced oil and gas recovery in industrial applications.
We have built a NetSolve interface to the IPARS system that allows users to
access the full functionality of IPARS. Accessing the system via either the
MATLAB, C, Mathematica, or FORTRAN interfaces, automatically executes simulations
on a cluster of dual-node workstations that allow for much quicker execution
than would be possible on a single local machine. The NetSolve system also does
the post-processing of the output to use the third party software,
to render the 3D output images.
Among other things, NetSolve provides a gateway
to the IPARS system without downloading and installing IPARS code. This means
it can even be used on platforms that it has not yet been ported to. We further
facilitate this interface by embedding it in html form within a web browser
so that with just access to a web browser, one can enter input parameters and
submit a request for execution of the IPARS simulator to a NetSolve system.
The output images are then brought back and displayed to the web browser. This
interaction shows how the NetSolve system can be used to create a robust grid
computing environment in which powerful modeling software, like IPARS, becomes
both easier to use and to administer.
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