Portable HPC Toolbox for simulating and inverting wavefields


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Project duration
February 2016 - January 2019
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Software Parallele Programming


The aim of this project is the development of a HPC Toolbox for simulating and inverting acoustic and elastic waves.

Fields of application are related to geophysical studies but can be transferred to other fields where wave propagation plays a prominent role, for example medical ultrasonics.To simulate (acoustic) waves typically explicit finite difference solvers are used.

Specific goals of the wave project are:

  • porting and further developing established FD algorithms into an C++ library
  • implementing an adaptive grid to increase the spatial sampling for complex structures
  • balancing the load for nodes on (heterogeneous) HPC systems
  • providing a hardware-independent software

The HPC Toolbox will be tested as an example on seismic exploration data provided by TEEC GmbH.


Prof. Dr. Thomas Bohlen

Administrative contact

Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
Fakultät für Physik
Geophysikalisches Institut (GPI)
Hertzstrasse 16
76187 Karlsruhe