Harnessing the Power of MemComputing to Tackle Natural Gas Distribution Challenges



As the global demand for natural gas continues to grow, the complexities and challenges of managing gas distribution networks are becoming increasingly prominent. These challenges range from predicting usage patterns to optimizing pipeline pressures and maintaining an intricate network of pipelines.

In this blog post, we will explore how MemComputing’s MEMCPU™ Platform, a state-of-the-art decision support system powered by a novel computational technology, could revolutionize the natural gas industry by providing fully optimized solutions for these previously considered intractable problems.

 Tackling Predictive Challenges

One of the key challenges in managing a natural gas pipeline network is predicting demand. Usage patterns can vary dramatically depending on the time of day, the season, and other factors. Accurately forecasting these patterns is crucial for ensuring a reliable supply of gas without overloading the system.

The MEMCPU Platform, with its powerful processing capabilities and inherent parallelism, is uniquely suited to analyze complex data sets and produce accurate predictions. By ingesting historical usage data and considering relevant environmental and socioeconomic factors, the MEMCPU Platform can create reliable predictive models for gas demand. This capability greatly reduces the risk of supply shortfalls or costly system overloads, providing gas distribution companies with enhanced confidence in meeting customer needs.

Regulating Pressure Optimally

Determining the optimal pressure required to transport natural gas through pipelines is a complex calculation that needs to account for numerous factors, such as the distance the gas is traveling, the elevation changes along the route, and current demand levels. Maintaining the right pressure is essential for efficient gas delivery and to minimize the risk of pipeline damage due to over or under-pressurization.

Using its innovative computational approach, the MEMCPU Platform can monitor and process these multifaceted inputs simultaneously, allowing for real-time optimization of gas pressures. Also, any anomalies are quickly flagged, enabling preventative maintenance and averting potential disruptions, reducing the risk of leaks, ruptures, and other malfunctions. By continuously adjusting and fine-tuning the pressure in response to changing conditions, the MEMCPU Platform ensures efficient gas delivery while safeguarding the integrity of the pipeline infrastructure.

 Network Optimization and Safety

Managing the complex network of natural gas pipelines is a significant computational challenge. Gas pipelines have multiple inputs and outputs, and determining the most efficient distribution strategy can be complex, particularly during peak demand periods or supply limitations.

The MEMCPU Platform can tackle this challenge head-on. By treating the pipeline network as an optimization problem, it can identify the most efficient distribution strategy that minimizes costs and maximizes reliability. Its computational power allows it to analyze vast amounts of data and rapidly identify the optimal routes for gas transportation, optimizing the overall network performance. Furthermore, the MEMCPU Platform can help identify potential maintenance issues before they lead to failures, enhancing the safety of the network and minimizing downtime.

Economic Considerations

Pricing, contracts, and market demands can influence how much gas is moved and where it is distributed. These economic factors can change rapidly, requiring flexible and adaptable models to respond.

The MEMCPU Platform’s capability to rapidly process input parameter changes allows for real-time distribution strategy adjustments. By dynamically adapting to changing economic conditions, it ensures that the most economically efficient approach is always employed. This increases profitability for gas distribution companies while maintaining a high level of service for customers.

Integral to this solution is the LNG Engineer, who can fine-tune the system’s parameters and priority settings based on their expertise, current contractual obligations, or any shift in strategic priorities. This human intervention in the decision-making process adds an invaluable layer of customization to the system. Arbitrage stemming from sudden supply or demand disruptions is an area of both challenge and opportunity.


MemComputing’s MEMCPU Platform has the potential to enhance the efficiency and reliability of natural gas distribution significantly. In essence, this decision support solution acts as an advanced, adaptable tool that improves the decision-making prowess of engineers. It synergizes rapid computational processing with human-driven customization, transforming the landscape of distribution pipeline management. While the application of this technology in the gas industry is still emerging, the promise it holds could revolutionize the sector, ultimately delivering a more sustainable, reliable, and efficient natural gas supply.