Network-Centric Earthquake Engineering Simulations
This chapter shows a Grid application for the seismic community and specifically for earthquake engineering. The high complexity, cost and wide geographical dispersion of testing facilities, together with the extreme complexity of actuator control systems, concur to make seismic tests a very scarce resource for interested researchers. Moreover, the high computational burden of the simulation software developed for the same task calls for distributed processing. As a consequence, network-based simulations, as well as the possibility to share and remotely control resources in different locations are all the el dorado for earthquake engineers.
The recent development of Grid elements able to connect physical instruments and tools to a system already capable of distributed processing and storage opened the field for the development of a first pilot application, able to demonstrate the Grid potentialities. This chapter shows the Grid and network requirements of this pilot application, the elements that have been developed for its definition, with stress on the connection of the Grid to earthquake engineering test instrumentation.
KeywordsInstrumentation Pseudo-dynamic simulations Grid Earthquakes
The authors want to thank Angelo Stramieri for the work in implementing part of the IM and the useful discussion about the IE. The help of Alessandro Galasco and Andrea Penna for the implementation of the pilot application and the original software to achieve it is gratefully acknowledged. Finally, they want to thank the people at TREESLab in EUCENTRE for the support with the actual instrumentation.
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