Domain decomposition and multigrid solvers for flow simulation in porous media on distributed memory parallel processors Academic Article uri icon


  • Realistic simulations of fluid flow in oil reservoirs have been proven to be computationally intensive. In this work, techniques for solving large sparse systems of linear equations that arise in simulating these processes are developed for parallel computers such as INTEL hypercubes iPSC/2 and iPSC/860. This solver is based on a combined multigrid and domain decomposition approach. The Algorithm uses line corrections solved using a multigrid method, line Jacobi and block incomplete domain decomposition as an overall preconditioner for a conjugate gradient-like acceleration method, ORTHOMIN (k). This is shown to be a factor of ten times faster on a 32-processor hypercube compared to widely used sequential solvers. Three test problems are used to validate the results which include implicit wells and faults: The first is based on highly heterogeneous two-phase flow, the second on the SPE Third Comparative Solution and the third on real production compositional data. 1992 Plenum Publishing Corporation.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Scientific Computing

author list (cited authors)

  • Bhogeswara, R., & Killough, J. E.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Bhogeswara, R||Killough, JE

publication date

  • June 1992