Earthquake Science

, Volume 26, Issue 5, pp 321–329 | Cite as

A cloud-based synthetic seismogram generator implemented using Windows Azure

Research Paper


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 


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© 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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