Challenges in the visualization of a two-dimensional mantle dynamics simulation using one billion tracers

M. L. Rudolph, T. V. Gerya, David A Yuen

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Abstract

We have developed a two-dimensional numerical method to model the process of slab subduction using a marker-cell method together with a conservative finite-difference method that accounts for hydration and partial melting in the thermal, chemical, mechanical, rheological, and petrological domains. The marker-in-cell approach is ideal for this complex geophysical problem [1] because it allows for the resolution of extremely small-scale lithological and thermal structures produced as a result of the intense mechanical mixing of different rocks [2,3]. A two-dimensional simulation employing over one billion tracers with multiple fields presents many visualization hurdles. In this paper we discuss the methods that we have used to interpret the data from this simulation including high-resolution visualization on a display wall and a web-based visualization system that we have developed using an hierarchical data format to achieve sub-second response times when accessing extremely large datasets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication3rd M.I.T. Conference on Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics
Pages459-462
Number of pages4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
Event3rd M.I.T. Conference on Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Jun 14 2005Jun 17 2005

Publication series

Name3rd M.I.T. Conference on Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics

Other

Other3rd M.I.T. Conference on Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBoston, MA
Period6/14/056/17/05

Keywords

  • Convection
  • Display wall
  • Geophysics
  • Multicomponent
  • Visualization
  • Web interface

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