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Development, verification, and maintenance of computational software in geodynamics

Gurnis, Michael and Landry, Walter and Tan, Eh and Armendariz, Luis and Strand, Leif and Aivazis, Michael (2011) Development, verification, and maintenance of computational software in geodynamics. In: Geoinformatics: cyberinfrastructure for the solid Earth sciences. Cambridge University Press , Cambridge, pp. 49-67. ISBN 9780521897150.

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Research on dynamical processes within the Earth and planets increasingly relies upon sophisticated, large-scale computational models. Improved understanding of fundamental physical processes such as mantle convection and the geodynamo, magma dynamics, crustal and lithospheric deformation, earthquake nucleation, and seismic wave propagation, are heavily dependent upon better numerical modeling. Surprisingly, the rate-limiting factor for progress in these areas is not just computing hardware, as was once the case. Rather, advances in software are not keeping pace with the recent improvements in hardware. Modeling tools in geophysics are usually developed and maintained by individual scientists, or by small groups. But it is difficult for any individual, or even a small group, to keep up with sweeping advances in computing hardware, parallel processing software, and numerical modeling methodology.

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