The simulation of various earth phenomena in earth requires the most
powerful computers and the highly scalable and numerically efficient algorithms
for the solution of the governing systems of partial differential equations.
In order to discuss these issues, GMD-SCAI,
(now Fraunhofer-Institute for Algorithms and Scientific Computing(FhG-SCAI), ( http://www.scai.fraunhofer.de)
and RIST (http://www.tokyo.rist.or.jp)
hosted the first workshop "SSS2000" in February 2000 at St.Augustin, Germany,
bringing together numerical analysts, software developers and experts of
climate simulation and weather forecasting.
In this 2nd workshop "SSS2001", we would like to emphasize solid earth
phenomena. In solid earth simulation, we must consider nonlinear coupled
phenomena for wide range of temporal and spatial scales from global mantle
convection over million years to local seismic wave propagation in seconds.
These types of simulation require intensive cooperation between geophysics
and computer/computational sciences. In Japan, the "Parallel Platform for
Large Scale Solid Earth Simulation" project funded by "Special Promoting
Funds of Science & Technology" of the Ministry of Education, Science
and Technology, Japan has been active since 1998. This project brought
dramatic progress in large-scale solid earth simulation using massively
parallel computers under inter- disciplinary collaboration.
As a part of this project, "GeoFEM (http://geofem.tokyo.rist.
or.jp)" has been developed as a parallel FEM platform for solid earth
simulation. "GeoFEM" is not only a powerful tool for solid earth simulation
but also provided advancement of parallel computing tech- nology in Japan.
In "SSS2001", we intend to bring together numerical analysts, software
developers including GeoFEM users and experts from solid/fluid earth simulation.
50-60 presentations including posters and 80-100 partici- pants are expected.