ASPECT Virtual Desktop

By Rene Gassmoeller1, Lorraine Hwang2, Mohamed Gouiza2

1. University of Florida 2. University of California, Davis

A preinstalled ASPECT environment.

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Version 1.0 - published on 27 Jun 2023

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This tool contains an installed version of ASPECT, the Advanced Solver for Problems in Earth's ConvecTion in a Linux environment. ASPECT example models and data are located in directories defined in the environment variables $ASPECT_DIR and $ASPECT_SOURCE_DIR. ASPECT models can be started using the following terminal command:

aspect $ASPECT_SOURCE_DIR/cookbooks/convection-box/convection-box.prm

The executable "aspect" uses a debug version of ASPECT, the executable "aspect-release" uses an optimized version of ASPECT (for an explanation of the difference see https://aspect-documentation.readthedocs.io/en/latest/user/run-aspect/run-faster/debug-vs-optimized.html). All benchmark and cookbook plugins are available and precompiled, however if the path to shared libraries in the parameter file of the model is given as a relative path (e.g. starting with ../) the cookbooks directory needs to be copied to the user directory to be executable:

cp -r $ASPECT_SOURCE_DIR/cookbooks/free-surface-with-crust .
cd free-surface-with-crust
aspect free-surface-with-crust.prm

Models can be visualized using the software ParaView, which is also preinstalled as "paraview".

To exchange data between the tool and any outside system please use the preinstalled Firefox browser to share data via a cloud platform (e.g. Dropbox, Google Drive).

See https://geodynamics.org/resources/aspect for more details about ASPECT.