AuScope Simulation, Analysis & Modelling (SAM) 2017 @ Monash - Underworld towards GeosciencesVL

  • Quenette, Steve (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Capitanio, Fabio (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Micklethwaite, Steven (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Tomkins, Andrew (Chief Investigator (CI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Through the NCRIS and EIF investments AuScope Simulation Analysis & Modelling (SAM) has developed Open Source software infrastructure that has successfully ensured Australian researchers are at the forefront of the geodynamics research discipline. Underpinned by Modelling and Simulation, over this period SAM has continuously transitioned towards a unified infrastructure for Analysis given the need to assimilate models to vast data. The Underworld software infrastructure leveraging HPC, cloud and storage facilities is increasingly a 21st Century Microscope where researchers can explore geological and geophysical concepts and data by “adjusting filters” to “see what could not be seen before”.
This project is concerned with maintaining and sustaining the Underworld and associated integrated environments for building such “microscopes”, which we will call – the Underworld Virtual Laboratory.
The major initiatives supported are: the NCI Peak Facility users, the Research Cloud and public could users, the services provided by AuScope SAM UoM, various users and collaborators from Australia abroad - the USA, Europe and China.
DevOps / Software Engineers will be employed to provide the necessary support at each node:
• SAM Monash will maintain the Underworld-Virtual Laboratory. ($150k)

Adapting to community demand, in this period we will initiate an on-line catalogue of “notebooks” of prior pipelines and exemplar of emerging pipelines.
Short titleAuScope 2017
Effective start/end date1/07/1730/06/18


  • underworld
  • mantle convection
  • lithosphere deformation
  • basin analysis
  • geothermal
  • slab subduction
  • high performance computing (HPC)
  • cloud computing