Tsunami Simulation - Winter 15

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WS 15
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Bader
Sebastian Rettenberger
Time and Place
Preliminary meeting: Wednesday 8.7.15 17:00, room 02.07.023
Tuesday 11:00, room 02.07.023
Bachelor-Praktikum (Modul IN0012) Studenten der Informatik (Bachelor)
Semesterwochenstunden / ECTS Credits
10 Credits


In this lab course we systematically address modern software engineering approaches in an application driven context: Tsunami simulations. Starting from implementation of a solver in a one dimensional setting, the complete process over integration in an existing framework to optimization and parallelization is covered. During this process key issues of software engineering are dealt with: versioning, documentation, unit testing, file I/O, ..

During the course, assignments are to be solved by groups of three participants each followed by presentations in regular meetings. A project phase with individual study projects chosen by the groups completes the lab course.


  • Knowledge of object oriented programming
  • Interest in a challenging but exciting topic

The spoken language in the meetings is German, slides and assignments are in English.


  • Tuesday, 26.1.16 11:00, room 02.07.023; presentation project
  • Tuesday, 12.1.16 11:00, room 02.07.023; intermediate project report
  • Tuesday, 15.12.15 11:00, room 02.07.023; presentation forth assignment
  • Tuesday, 1.12.15 11:00, room 02.07.023; project kickoff
  • Tuesday, 24.11.15 11:00, room 02.07.023; presentation third assignment
  • Tuesday, 10.11.15 11:00, room 02.07.023; presentation second assignment
  • Tuesday, 27.10.15 11:00, room 02.07.023; presentation first assignment
  • Kickoff: Tuesday, 13.10.15 11:00, room 00.13.054
  • Preliminary meeting: Wednesday 8.7.15 17:00, room 02.07.023 (attend for guaranteed registration)
  • questions in advance? -> Sebastian Rettenberger


Exercise Sheets


Lab swe.png

Live visualization of the February 2010 Chilean tsunami using OpenGL.

Lab tohoko overview.png

Propagation of the 2011 Tohoku tsunami.

Lab tohoko coast.png

Run-up of the 2011 Tohoku tsunami.

Lab tohoku field.png

Dart station comparison of the 2011 Tohoku tsunami.

Lab godunov step.png

Sketch of the Finite Volume method with shock waves arising in the Riemann solutions.