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The High Performance GeoComputing Lab (HPGeoC) at San Diego Supercomputer Center, University of California at San Diego, is conducting research and development in high performance computing, data intensive computing, and grid computing to support geoscience applications, with particular emphasis on computational seismology. HPGeoC is in collaboration with Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) and other academic, industrial, and national lab partners to develop state-of-the-art techniques and applications supporting petascale earthquake computing.

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Recent News Coverage


Novel Seismic Software Sheds Light on Earthquake Paths - Earthquakes threaten lives and property all around the globe. Southern California, for example, is a very active region with a high probability of seismic hazards. To better understand the probabilities and paths of earthquakes, scientists experiment in virtual laboratories. A key component of such a virtual laboratory is using sophisticated software to perform earthquake simulations. These simulations mimic possible seismic activity, and their accuracy is determined by a variety of factors. R&D, June 6, 2017.

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SDSC Achieves Record Performance in Seismic Simulations With Intel - A new seismic modeling software system called EDGE, for Extreme-Scale Discontinuous Galerkin Environment, achieves ground-breaking performance of 10.4 Pflop/s, surpassed the previous seismic record of 8.6 PFLOPS conducted on China’s Tianhe-2 supercomputer. HPCWire, March 7, 2017.


SDSC and Intel open second Intel Parallel Computing Center at SDSC - Intel has opened a second parallel computing center at SDSC with a focus on earthquake research. SDSC, February 9, 2016.


SDSC Researchers Awarded NVIDIA 2015 Global Impact Award - NVIDIA's Global Impact Award is an annual award of $150,000 to researchers who use NVIDIA technology for groundbreaking work that addresses social, humanitarian, and environmental problems. NVIDIA presented Cui and his team at SDSC with the award at the GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, HPCWire, April 9, 2015.