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JavaSeis Design and Philosophy

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JavaSeis is first and foremost designed to support parallel I/O for large scale parallel seismic applications.  Many other I/O schemes for seismic data exist already, but none of them directly support parallel I/O and computation.  What most people end up doing is:


  • read serially from a standard format
  • create temporary structures in memory and disk
  • do the parallel work
  • write data back in serial fashion to a standard format


JavaSeis aims to provide a framework (in the true object oriented sense) for parallel I/O and computation, with standardized formats for disk files that can be used directly in commercial processing and interpretation packages without the need for re-formatting.


The design for JavaSeis I/O starts from the needs for parallel computing.  See the Leading Edge of Geophysics articles:


Mosher, C. C., Joyner, C. L. and Hassanzadeh, S., 1996, Scalable parallel seismic processing: The Leading Edge, 15, no. 12, 1363-1366. (PDF)

Hassanzadeh, S. and Mosher, C. C., 1996, Java: Object-oriented programming for the Cyber age: The Leading Edge, 15, no. 12, 1379-1381. (PDF)


for details on the parallel data flows that JavaSeis is designed to support.  The first design for JavaSeis dates back to a 1997 SEG meeting abstract and demo:


JavaSeis: Web delivery of seismic processing services: Siamak Hassanzadeh and Charles C. Mosher, SEG Expanded Abstracts 16, 2055 (1997) (PDF)


The current JavaSeis design starts with these concepts, and uses a number of new features in the Java language (Java 5.0) that make it possible to support a “pure Java” implementation of parallel I/O for pre-stack seismic data.

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