Virtualization Guided Tsunami and Storm Surge Simulations for Low Power Architectures

  • Dominik Schoenwetter
  • Alexander Ditter
  • Bruno Kleinert
  • Arne Hendricks
  • Vadym Aizinger
  • Dietmar Fey
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 442)


Performing a tsunami or storm surge simulation in real time on low power computation devices is a highly challenging research topic with a big impact on the lives of many people. In order to advance this topic further a tight collaboration between mathematics and computer science is needed. Mathematical models must be combined with numerical methods which, in turn, directly determine the computational performance and efficiency of the solution. Also, code parallelization is required in order to obtain accurate and fast simulation results. Traditional approaches in high performance computing require a lot of computational power and significant amounts of electrical energy; they are also highly dependent on uninterrupted access to a reliable network and power supply. We present a concept how to develop solutions for suitable low power hardware architectures for tsunami and storm surge simulations based on cooperative software and hardware simulation. The main goal is to enable in situ simulations on potentially battery-powered device on site. Flood warning systems in regions with weak or unreliable power, network and computing infrastructure could largely benefit from our approach as it would significantly decrease the risk of network or power failure during the computation.


Multiscale simulation Environmental modeling Crisis modeling and simulation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dominik Schoenwetter
    • 1
  • Alexander Ditter
    • 1
  • Bruno Kleinert
    • 1
  • Arne Hendricks
    • 1
  • Vadym Aizinger
    • 2
  • Dietmar Fey
    • 1
  1. 1.Chair of Computer Science 3 (Computer Architecture)Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)ErlangenGermany
  2. 2.Chair of Applied Mathematics (AM1)Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)ErlangenGermany

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