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Visit this site: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~quake/

Author:The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University; and the University of Southern California's Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC)
Description: An NSF and DARPA-funded project developing the capability for predicting, by computer simulation, the ground motion of large basins during strong earthquakes, and using this capability to study the seismic response of the Greater Los Angeles Basin. Research questions include: If a large earthquake strikes Los Angeles, which regions will be worst stricken? Which seismic frequencies will be amplified most by the soil? Answers to these questions will help city planners set building codes, and will help architects design buildings the resonant frequencies of which are not those most strongly excited during an earthquake. News; simulations, such as aftershock 3D volume animations; resources, such as sparse matrix kernels (Spark98) for shared memory and message passing and partitioned San Fernando meshes available for downloading; software developed specifically for the project, such as Archimedes, a tool chain for parallel finite element algorithm (FEM) simulations, and Triangle, a robust 2D quality mesh generator and Delaunay triangulator; computational aspects; earlier results; and project documentation. Also available from http://almond.srv.cs.cmu.edu/afs/cs/project/quake/public/www/.

Levels: College, Research
Languages: English
Resource Types: Simulations, Research Centers, Articles, Topic Tools Miscellaneous
Math Topics: Matrices, Algorithms, Computational Geometry, Geology, Acoustics, Mechanics of Solids

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