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Advanced Solution Methods for Geophysical Simulation of Plate Tectonics

Project coordinator: Prof. Ritske S. Huismans
Project partners: Prof. Klaus Johannsen, Parallab, UiB
Funding: NOTUR
Principal investigator: Prof. Ritske S. Huismans
Project period: 2007-06-01 to 2008-06-01

Computational fluid dynamic techniques have been used extensively to model plate tectonic processes such as the formation of passive continental margins or mountain belts. Solution in two dimensions (2D) is quite common at present but three-dimensional (3D) modelling of these processes still forms a major computational challenge.

The major bottleneck for 3D simulations are the limitations imposed by the (parallel) direct solver for linear equations. The project aims at implementing more efficient solver strategies.