The Quake Project
The Quake project
is a joint effort by the
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. The project
is supported by the National Science
Foundation and the
Community Modeling Environment Project at the Southern California Earthquake Center.
Our goal is to develop the capability for predicting, by computer
simulation, the ground motion of large basins during strong
earthquakes, and to use this capability to study the seismic response
of the Greater Los Angeles Basin. Note that we're not trying to
predict earthquakes; rather, we are interested in other questions: 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 whose resonant
frequencies are not those most strongly excited during an earthquake.
- Dec 2006:
Jacobo Bielak and Dave O'Hallaron are featured in a Pittsburg Post Gazette article.
- Nov 2006:
A joint team from Carnegie Mellon University
(Tiankai Tu, Jacobo Bielak, Julio Lopez, David O'Hallaron, Leonardo
Ramirez-Guzman, and Ricardo Taborda-Rios), University of California at
Davis (Hongfeng Yu and Kwan-Liu Ma), The University of Texas at Austin
(Omar Ghattas) and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (Nathan Stone
and John Urbanic) won the
SC06 HPC Analytics Challenge.
- Nov 2006:
Tiankai Tu's paper From Mesh Generation to Scientific Visualization: An End-to-End Approach to Parallel Supercomputing was a Best Student Paper Finalist of SC06.
- Dec 2005:
Read about our earthquake modeling work in the
December 27, 2005 LinuxWorld Magazine.
- Apr 2005:
Jacobo Bielak, Omar Ghattas, David O'Hallaron, and
Volkan Akcelik received the
CIT Outstanding Research Award
from the Carnegie Mellon School of Engineering.
- May 2004: David O'Hallaron received the 2004 Herbert
A. Simon Award for Teaching Excellence in Computer Science.
- Apr 2004: Jacobo Bielak, Omar Ghattas, David O'Hallaron, and
the PSC were selected as Finalists for the
Computerworld Honors 21st Century Achievement Awards
- Nov 2003:
The Quake Project was awarded the
2003 Gordon Bell Award for Special Achievment.
See CMU SCS article,
- Nov 2003:
The Quake Project was featured in the
Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center's 2003 Annual Report.
- Jul 2003:
Jonathan Shewchuk received the
2003 Wilkinson Prize for Numerical Software
Triangle: A Two-Dimensional Mesh Generator and
- June 2001:
Parallelized versions of 183.equake,
called 320.equake_m and 321.equake_l were selected
for inclusion in the
SPEC OMPM2001 and OMPL2001 benchmark suites for evaluating shared-memory multiprocessor system performance.
- Jan 2000:
A sequential version of the San Fernando simulation by David
O'Hallaron and Loukas Kallivokas has been accepted for inclusion in
the SPEC CPU2000 benchmark
suite. The benchmark, called 183.equake, is one of 14
floating point programs in CPU2000. SPEC publishes up-to-date performance results
from the major computer manufacturers.
- Feb 1998:
Jonathan Shewchuk was a co-winner (along with X. Zhao) of the CMU
School of Computer Science (SCS) Doctoral Dissertation Award for the
best thesis of 1997. Jonathan presented his thesis research on
"Delaunay Refinement Mesh Generation" February 12, 1998, as part of
the SCS Distinguished Lecture Series.
- Jan 1998:
The members of the Quake project were awarded the
Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence
by the CMU School of Computer Science.
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