Section: Overall Objectives
Magique-3D is a joint project-team between Inria and the Department of Applied Mathematics (LMA) of the University of Pau in partnership with CNRS. The mission of Magique-3D is to develop and validate efficient solution methodologies for solving complex three-dimensional geophysical problems, with a particular emphasis on problems arising in seismic imaging, in response to the local industrial and community needs. Indeed, as it is well known, the region of Pau has long-standing tradition in the Geosciences activities. However, in spite of the recent significant advances in algorithmic considerations as well as in computing platforms, the solution of most real-world problems in this field remains intractable. Hence, there is a scientific need of pressing importance to design new numerical methods for solving efficiently and accurately wave propagation problems defined in strongly heterogeneous domains.
Magique-3D program possesses an exceptional combination that is a prerequisite for accomplishing its mission: The investigator backgrounds, research interests, and technical skills complement to form a research team with a potential for significant impact on the computational infrastructure of geophysical sciences. The research record of Magique-3D group covers a large spectrum of accomplishments in the field of wave propagation including (a) the design, validation, and performance assessment of a class of DG-methods for solving efficiently high frequency wave problems, (b) the construction, convergence analysis, and performance assessment of various absorbing-type boundary conditions that are key ingredients for solving problems in infinite domains, and (c) the development of asymptotic models that are the primary candidate in the presence of heterogeneities that are small compared to the wave length. Magique-3D has built strong collaborations and partnerships with various institutions including (a) local industry (TOTAL), (b) national research centers (ONERA and CEA), and (c) international academic partnerships (e.g. Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Sciences (IRIS) at California State University, Northridge, USA; University of Pays Basque at Bilbao, Spain; University of Novosibirsk, Russia).