Investigating Quantum Computing Enhanced Reservoir Simulation Workflows

Steven Samoil


This work shows that current quantum hardware still suffers from decoherence issues, quantum circuits need to be short.  Quantum computers cannot be used purely for the subroutine of solving linear systems Ax=b. Chances for advantage lie in the physical properties at grid cells being populated by a physical model that takes in fewer empirical data points than number of grid cells being used in simulations. Theoretical work of reducing complexity within reservoir simulation prepares further work to design purpose-built hardware, not exclusive to quantum computers. Quantum annealing shows promise, it could be a good method for solving differential equations or history matching