Earthquake Science

, Volume 26, Issue 5, pp 321–329

A cloud-based synthetic seismogram generator implemented using Windows Azure

Research Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s11589-013-0038-8

Cite this article as:
Chen, P., Lee, EJ. & Wang, L. Earthq Sci (2013) 26: 321. doi:10.1007/s11589-013-0038-8


Synthetic seismograms generated by solving the seismic wave equation using numerical methods are being widely used in seismology. For fully three-dimensional seismic structure models, the generation of these synthetic seismograms may require large amount of computing resources. Conventional high-performance computer clusters may not provide a cost-effective solution to this type of applications. The newly emerging cloud-computing platform provides an alternative solution. In this paper, we describe our implementation of a synthetic seismogram generator based on the reciprocity principle using the Windows Azure cloud application framework. Our preliminary experiment shows that our cloud-based synthetic seismogram generator provides a cost-effective and numerically efficient approach for computing synthetic seismograms based on the reciprocity principle.


Reciprocity Synthetic seismogram Cloud computing Windows Azure 

Copyright information

© The Seismological Society of China, Institute of Geophysics, China Earthquake Administration and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of WyomingLaramieUSA
  2. 2.Department of Geology and GeophysicsUniversity of WyomingLaramieUSA

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