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Tutorial Information

About 60% of the time will be devoted to tutorial lectures with instructors providing background information and running examples in hands-on demonstrations. The other 40% of the time will be devoted to "tinker time" during which participants can run the examples at their own pace, develop their own simulations, and get help from the instructors.

PyLith

Instructors

  • Brad Aagaard (USGS)
  • Charles Williams (GNS Science)
  • Matthew Knepley (Rice University)

Pre-Workshop

  1. Install PyLith, ParaView and CUBIT/Trelis. See Software Requirements below for more information.
  2. Read the software manuals.
  3. View last year's tutorial videos and work through the examples.
  4. Prepare a small 2-D model of something you wish to play with during the workshop. This is a great way to get help on your research problem.

Software Requirements

All participants should download and install PyLith, CUBIT/Trelis, and ParaView on your computer before the workshop. See workflow diagram for a general description of the typical workflow used in numerical modeling of crustal dynamics
  • PyLith - static, quasi-static, and dynamic crustal deformation

    Binary packages and the PyLith manual are available on the PyLith webpage. The manual has a troubleshooting section, and there are links to the cig-short mailing list where users can get assistance. We will be releasing PyLith v3.0.0 shortly before the workshop. We strongly recommend getting familiar with PyLith v2.1.5; there will be significant changes v2.1.4 and v3.0.0, but the workflow and most of the parameters are very similar.

  • CUBIT/Trelis - finite-element meshing

    csimsoft has created their own version of CUBIT, called Trelis. Sandia National Laboratories continues to provide CUBIT releases to US government agencies.

    Users can download a 30-day free trial version of Trelis from csimsoft. Registering for the free trial version can take several hours to a day before you can download the software. We will be using the CUBIT 15.x and Trelis 16.x for the tutorials.

  • ParaView - visualization

    ParaView is a GUI visualization tool discussed in the PyLith examples. Binaries are available for a wide variety of platforms on the ParaView website. Click on Download. Use version 5.x.x.

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