6X is a new reservoir simulator.  It has been created with massively parallel systems in mind from day one, on a new software architecture which also gives a degree of portability. 6X is capable of running on various hardware systems: CPUs (Intel & IBM Power), GPUs, MICs  on clusters, workstations and PCs, while retaining integrity of results.

Ridgeway Kite recognizes that speed is not everything, however it is a basic requirement for today’s demanding engineering workflows. Portability, robustness, reliability and consistent results go hand in hand with speed as necessary fundamentals.

Whilst 6X does not yet have the full breadth of functionality of legacy simulators, a set of new, differentiating features are available, identified from a comprehensive and informed review of industry needs. All features that are developed in 6X are able to exploit the massively parallel architecture, and include:

  • Scripting
  • Multiple Realizations – History Matching, Development Optimization, Sensitivities,….
  • Unconventionals
  • Kriging
  • Discretized wells
  • Coarsening workflow

6X was developed with a compositional formulation. However, the current version supports black-oil problems. Support of compositional data is under development.

Input is via Eclipse* keywords – which have been extended to cover the new functionality detailed above. Output is in Eclipse format files such as unified summary and unified restart files. However, 6X has its own html output for summary vectors and Excel output for Multiple Realisation runs.


* Eclipse is a mark of Schlumberger

Keep up to date with Ridgeway Kite

Canadian SPE Booth 1333 / 29th September 2019

Come by and see how we can help you create sensible child well production forecasts, and make sense of their production history. Find a better way to manage your unconventional reservoirs.  

Denver Users workshop / 8th August 2019

Great workshop with a cross section of 6X users in Denver in July. Getting their valuable feedback, insight and priorities on what they need us to be working on in the software to help meet the demands of their projects. Giving our senior developers first hand feedback ensures no dilution of the message. Let us […]

6X Public Training Workshop for Unconventionals / 1st July 2019

Last week saw the first of a well supported program of complimentary public training workshops in Houston. A class for reservoir engineers working on Unconventional resources. If you would be interested in joining a future workshop or to find out more please contact Bill Baksi in our Houston office.

URTec 2019 – Booth 433 / 31st May 2019

We will be exhibiting with our partner, Nitec, at the Unconventional Resources Conference in Denver 22-24 July. Drop by and find out how we can help optimize the placement and performance of your next parent and child wells with our unconventional simulator, 6X . For details contact Bill Baksi, email:  bbaksi@ridgewaykitesoftware.com