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October 2016

Presentations at 2016 AGU Fall Meeting

There will be several presentations by ASCETE members at this year's AGU fall meeting, which takes place from 12-16 December in San Francisco. There will be talks by Thomas Ulrich on dynamic ruptures on faults of complex geometry, by Iris van Zelst on studying the influence of megathrust and splay faults on tsunami-earthquakes and by Jörn Behrens, who will talk on dispersive tsunami modeling. Furthermore we have posters on examples of high-resolution earthquake scenarios, identifying tectonic parameters that affect tsunamigenesis, and on using new constraints on stress and strength in modeling the 2004 Sumatra-Andaman earthquake.

August 2016

Minisymposium on modeling of natural disasters at SIAM MPE16

Together with Simone Marras and Jenny Suckale from Stanford University, Stefan Vater will organize a minisymposium on multi-scale modeling of natural disasters at the 2016 edition of the SIAM Conference on Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE16), which will be held from September 30 to October 2 in Philadelphia.

March 2016

Presentations at EGU General Assembly in Vienna

The ASCETE project presents again its recent findings at EGU General Assembly, which will be held from 17 to 22 April 2016 in Vienna. The currently developed coupled framework is presented as a poster. Other contributions are on coupling geodynamic earthquake cycles and dynamic ruptures, studying earthquake-tsunami coupling using SPECFEM3D, validations for the Tohoku 2011 earthquake and a large scale dynamic rupture scenario of the 2004 Sumatra-Andaman earthquake.

December 2015

Successful defense of PhD thesis

Alexander Breuer, PhD candidate for ASCETE-I at TU Munich, successfully
defended his PhD thesis on December 21 2015. His thesis was entitled
"High Performance Earthquake Simulations". Alexander contributed greatly to
the performance re-engineering undertaken within ASCETE, and developed a
high-performance clustered local time stepping for SeisSol.

June 2015
Participants of the ASCETE meeting in Zürich

Kick-Off meeting for the second project phase ASCETE-II in Zürich

With 10 participants of all four groups involved in ASCETE the Kick-off meeting for the second project phase took place at ETH Zürich.

June 2015

Minisymposium on earthquake and tsunami simulation at 2015 SIAM Conference on Mathematical and Computational Issues in the Geosciences (SIAMGS15)

Members of the ASCETE project have organized a minisymposium at the 2015 SIAM Conference on Mathematical and Computational Issues in the Geosciences (SIAMGS15) which takes place at Stanford University from June 29th to July 2nd. The minisymposium strives to review current development in the field of complex rupture mechanics and hydrodynamic wave behavior. The program can be viewed online: first session, second session.

March 2015

ASCETE at EGU General Assembly in Vienna

The ASCETE project will present its recent findings at EGU General Assembly, which will be held from 12 to 17 April 2015 in Vienna. Jörn Behrens will give an overview of the achievements from the first project phase and will talk about the goals of the second phase. Stefan Vater will have a poster presenting the current state of the tsunami simulation model.

December 2014

Successful defense of PhD thesis about ASCETE project

Percy Galvez, PhD student for ASCETE-I at ETH Zurich, successfully defended his PhD thesis on November 3 2014. His thesis was entitled “3D dynamic rupture modeling in geometrically complex fault systems: The 2011 Mw 9.0 Tohoku earthquake”. Percy developed a dynamic earthquake rupture modeling module for SPECFEM-3D. This state-of-the-art methodology was applied to study the 2011 Mw 9.0 Tohoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

November 2014

SC14 - Gordon Bell Final and George Michael Fellowship

The recent optimizations of the earthquake simulation code SeisSol were highly acclaimed at SC14, the ACM/IEEE Supercomputing conference in New Orleans:

October 2014
ASCETE poster prize winners (l.t.r.): A. Breuer, A.-A. Gabriel, K. Rahnema, S. Vater

Poster Prize for two scientists of the ASCETE project


Alice-Agnes Gabriel and Stefan Vater, two post-doctoral research scientists in the ASCETE project, recieved a prize for the best poster presentation at the  international symposium "Extreme Events: Modeling, Analysis, and Prediction", October 6 and 7, 2014 in Hanover (Germany).

Two out of the four prize winners at the symposium were members of ASCETE, a wonderful success for the project, which is funded for a second period (2015-2018).

September 2014

PostDoc Position: Advanced Simulation of Coupled Earthquake & Tsunami Events

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (Geophysics Section, Seismology Group) at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany, is seeking applications from enthusiastic young researchers for a postdoctoral fellowship in computational seismology in the ASCETE project.

July 2014

Big Success: Second project phase ASCETE-II Approved

We are happy to announce the approval of a research proposal that will allow the four research partners at ETH Zürich, Ludwigs-Maximilians University Munich, Technische Universität München (Munich) and Universität Hamburg to continue research on coupled earthquake-tsunami event simulation. The project ASCETE-II is funded for three years with a total amount of 844,000 EUR and will be coordinated by Jörn Behrens from Universität Hamburg.

June 2014

PRACE ISC Award 2014 - First Petascale Seismic Simulation with SeisSol

Using the simulation software SeisSol, the ASCETE team performed a
large-scale simulation of seismic wave propagation in the stratovolcano Mount Merapi. The simulation achieved a sustained performance of 1.08 PetaFlop/s computing a problem on 100 million grid cells with over 1012 degrees of freedom. See the respective press release for further details.

The respective work was awarded with the PRACE ISC Award at the International Supercomputing Conference, ISC'14, in Leipzig.

February 2014

1st ASCETE Sudelfeld Summit

The ASCETE project organizes a workshop on advanced numerical methods for
earthquake and tsunami simulation on modern HPC systems
, which will be held
from 20th to 23rd May 2014 in Bayrischzell, Germany.  The workshop is
dedicated to all-level researchers interested in the proposed topics and in
particular in the combined simulation of earthquakes and tsunamis.

January 2014

Keynote lecture at the "Conference on Computational Methods in Water Resources"

Jörn Behrens, one of the Principal investigators of the ASCETE project, is invited to give a keynote lecture at the XX. International Conference on Computational Methods in Water Resources (CMWR 2014), which will be held from
10th – 13th June, 2014, at the University of Stuttgart, Germany.

August 2013

Invited plenary talk at "SIAM Conference on Parallel Processing and Scientific Computing"

Michael Bader, one of the Principal investigators of the ASCETE project, is invited to give a plenary presentation at the "SIAM Conference on Parallel Processing and Scientific Computing", which takes place in Portland, Oregon, from February 18th to 21st 2014. A video of the talk can be viewed here.

April 2013

Minisymposium on earthquake and tsunami simulation at 2013 SIAM Conference on Mathematical and Computational Issues in the Geosciences (SIAMGS13)

The principal investigators of the ASCETE project have organized a minisymposium at the 2013 SIAM Conference on Mathematical and Computational Issues in the Geosciences (SIAMGS13), the latter takes place at Padova/Italy from June 17th to 20th. The minisymposium strives to review current development in the field of complex rupture mechanics and hydrodynamic wave behavior. Furthermore, the synthesis of both - the complex source modeling and the coupled tsunami modeling - will be covered.

February 2013

ASCETE contributes to VW-Symposium "Extreme Events: Modeling, Analysis, and Prediction"

From February 13th to 15th the symposium "Extreme Events: Modeling, Analysis, and Prediction", organized by the Volkswagen foundation, took place in Hanover/Germany. The ASCETE project contributed to this event with one talk and three posters (see below). See also an interview with Prof. Dr. Jörn Behrens on Springer (in german).

February 2012
Ascete Kick-Off Group

ASCETE Kick-Off meeting in Munich

With 9 Participants of all four groups involved in ASCETE the Kick-off meeting in Garching near Munich successfully launched the project officially.

June 2011

PIs of ASCETE organize Gene Golub SIAM Summer School 2012

Two of the principal partners in ASCETE are part of the consortium that was awarded to organize the Gene Golub SIAM Summer School 2012, which will take place in Monterey, CA, USA from July 29 to August 10, 2012. Applications from MSc level or PhD students are accepted soon.

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