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Parallel Earthquake Simulation

By George Petropoulos, Shawn Jeffery and Alexandra Meliou


The simulation of structural and geotechnical systems is a critical step in their design and assessment. The purpose of an earthquake simulation is to estimate the performance of the system under seismic excitation or loads that represent the effects of an earthquake. Structural and geotechnical simulation has a long history of development in earthquake engineering. The computation required to perform large scale simulations, however, is not suitable to be handled sequentially. Parallelization is therefore a crucial step in earthquake simulation analysis. Here, we present an analysis of the current state-of-the-art earthquake simulation package, OpenSees, suitably extended for parallel processing.

Year: 2005
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