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lithosphere/asthenosphere flow figure
lithosphere/asthenosphere flow figure from: Höink, T. and A. Lenardic,
Long wavelength convection, Poiseuille-Couette flow in the low-viscosity
asthenosphere and the strength of plate margins

Geophys. J. Int. 180, 23-33, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2009.04404.x, 2010

The Center for Computational Geophysics was established in 1998 to promote cross-disciplinary studies of the Earth requiring High Performance Computing (HPC). Comprised of a dozen faculty members, research scientists, post-docs, and four staff members from the Earth Science and Computational & Applied Mathematics Departments, the Center has research in exploration, environmental, and academic seismology, lithosphere and whole mantle geodynamics, fault mechanics, and physical volcanology. The Rice Inversion Project (TRIP) is an industrially sponsored consortium under the direction of Professor W.W. Symes ( that is part of the CCG.

The Center is supported by Rice University, and has received funding, equipment, and software from NSF, DoE, SUN Microsystems, Chevron Corporation, British Petroleum, Schlumberger, and Landmark Graphics.

The Center has received several NSF Major Research Infrastructure (MRI) and NSF EAR Instrument and Facilities equipment awards. We operate a SUN SMP macine, number of linux machines and clusters including a 14 node, 114 core, 24 GB memory/node cluster, and are partners in several larger clusters at Rice. We have over 100 TB of disk storage.

In 2010 CCG investigators with other Rice faculty were awarded a $3M NSF MRI grant for the DAVinCI project, which includes a 192 node, 2304 core, 36 GB memory/node linux cluster, designed to provide HPC for the Rice Science and Engineering faculty. The CCG is involved in development of the DAVinCI Visualization Center, funded by NSF and Chevron Corporation, which will be online in spring 2012.

The Center also provides large bed plotting facilities for the entire Rice campus.

A number of our Ph.D. students have enrolled in the cross-disciplinary Computational Science & Engineering Graduate Degree Program1 administered by the Computational and Applied Mathematics Department. The program allows students the opportunity to develop unique course and research programs that focus on HPC research.

Affiliated faculty: Gonnerman, Gordon, Lenardic, Levander, Morgan, Niu, Sawyer, Symes, Zelt

Staff: Mary Cochran (System Administrator), Erik Engquist (DAVinCI Project Manager), Bonnie Hoffman (Web applications), Denise Mayberry (Center Coordinator)

1Catalogue listing for the Computational Science and Engineering PhD Program: Emphasizes modern computational techniques and use of powerful, new computers in research, development, and design involving the following departments: computational and applied mathematics, biochemistry and cell biology, earth sciences, computer science, chemical and biomolecular engineering, electrical and computer engineering, civil and environmental engineering, and statistics.