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By Dimitri Komatitsch (primary-developer)1, Jean-Pierre Vilotte, Jeroen Tromp (primary-developer)2, SPECFEM Development Team

1. CNRS, France 2. Princeton University, USA

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SPECFEM3D_GLOBE simulates global and regional (continental-scale) seismic wave propagation.

Effects due to lateral variations in compressional-wave speed, shear-wave speed, density, a 3D crustal model, ellipticity, topography and bathymetry, the oceans, rotation, and self-gravitation are all included.


Release Notes


  • support for new Earth, Moon & Mars models
  • ADIOS2 file I/O support
  • HIP GPU support
  • GLL models for azimuthal anisotropy & Q
  • LDDRK on GPU support
  • Laplacian smoothing
  • monochromatic source time functions, sponge absorbing boundaries, steady-state kernels
  • regional mesh cut-off
  • various updates (documentation, noise simulations, seismogram down-sampling, non-static compilation)

many thanks for all your contributions to this version:
Wolfgang Bangerth, Stephen Beller, Ebru Bozdag, Caio Ciardelli, Congyue Cui, Armando Espindola-Carmona, Rene Gassmoeller, Sunny Gogar, Leopold Grinberg, Quancheng Huang, Elodie Kendall, Wenjie Lei, Amanda McPherson, Yellapragada Meenakshi, Ridvan Orsvuran, Daniel Peter, Norbert Podhorszki, S.T.G. Raghukanth, Eduardo Valero Cano

For latest the version, download the software from the repository.

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This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation under Grants No. EAR-0406751 and EAR-0711177, by the French CNRS, French INRIA Sud-Ouest MAGIQUE-3D, French ANR NUMASIS under Grant No. ANR-05-CIGC-002, and European FP6 Marie Curie International Reintegration Grant No. MIRG-CT-2005-017461. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. National Science Foundation, CNRS, INRIA, ANR or the European Marie Curie program.


The cover graphic of the manual was created by Santiago Lombeyda from Caltech’s Center for Advanced Computing Research (CACR), USA, with free satellite clipart pictures from and http: // added to it.