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EAGE Workshop Friday 8 June, 2012 9:00 – 17:00 hrs

Open-source E+P Software - Six Years Later

Convenors: Joseph Dellinger (BP), Karl Schleicher (University of Texas at Austin), Helene Huck (dGB) & Tariq Alkhalifah (KAUST)

Friday 8 June, 09:00 - 17:00 hrs

In the six years since the 2006 EAGE workshop "Open-source E+P software - putting the pieces together" there has been considerable progress. Although no single "standard" has emerged, there are now several contenders. Far from being an "academic curiosity", commercial processing is now performed using open-source packages. Reproducible research has become routine for many academics. Some exciting new packages have emerged that deserve to be better known. We invite developers and users to present recent progress in open-source E+P software, and to brainstorm how to collaborate and use what's available.

The economic benefits of a collaborative open-source exploration and production processing and research software environment would be enormous. Skilled geophysicists could spend more of their time doing innovative geophysics instead of mediocre computer science. Technical advances could be quickly shared and reproduced instead of laboriously re-invented and reverse-engineered. Oil companies, contractors, academics, and individuals would all benefit. There are now several packages that are comprehensive enough that for some purposes they might fill that bill. Unfortunately, not all of these are as well known as they deserve to be. And as always, there remains a pressing need for better collaboration so that existing efforts may be combined instead of dissipated.

We are seeking presentations from those with a vision of where we need to go, from those who have useful pieces or techniques they would like to show off, and especially from those who believe they can already demonstrate a practical working success (or a glorious failure). The emphasis should be on showing off useful capabilities and good ideas, not technical implementation details. What makes your software interesting? We request lighting talks (5 minutes) with or without a poster presentation. A limited number of presenters will be able to give interactive demonstrations from their laptop onto a screen instead of a poster. There will be a few longer keynote talks and a panel discussion to wrap up the session. The panel will discuss: What pieces are now "ready"? What pieces are yet missing? What are the strengths and weaknesses of the most promising packages discussed? What sorts of collaboration might address those weaknesses?


This is the current agenda for the meeting. Minor changes are expected.

Workshop Introduction
09:00 Joe Dellinger (BP) A short history of E+P open source
09:15 Victoria Stodden (Columbia University) The central role of geophysics in the reproducible research movement Abstract
Poster Introductions
09:45 Bjorn Olofsson (Seabird Exploration) SeaSeis: a simple open-source seismic data processing system Abstract
09:50 Nick Tanushev (Z-Terra) Comparison of open source seismic processing systems Abstract
09:55 Chuck Mosher (ConocoPhillips) Parallel I/O and computing in JavaSeis Abstract
10:00 Ricardo Biloti (UNICAMP) GeBR: a free seismic processing interface Abstract
10:05 German Garabito (UFRN) BotoSeis: an Interactive interface for seismic processing with Seismic Unix Abstract
10:10 Poster Viewing
The Open Source Trend in Geophysics
10:40 Charles Jones (BG) Enhancing geophysical data analysis with open-source software Abstract
11:00 Helene Huck (dGB) The road to open source: sharing a ten years experience in building OpendTect,
the open source seismic interpretation software
11:20 Matt Hall (Agile Geoscience) Open mobile geocomputing Abstract
11:40 Morning Wrap Up
11:45 Lunch
12:50 Sergey Fomel (University of Texas at Austin) Madagascar open-source project -- Six years later
Poster Introductions
13:10 Akshay Gulati (CGGVeritas) Processing and attribute analysis of low-frequency Blackfoot data Abstract
13:15 Karl Schleicher (University of Texas at Austin) Open data library with open software scripts Abstract
13:20 Abdullatif A Al-Shuhail Processing of seismic reflection data using Matlab Abstract
13:25 Thomas Lasseter (GeoCloud Systems) An open-source real time data model and database Abstract
13:30 Joe Dellinger (BP) BP's experience with open-source software and open datasets Abstract
13:35 Poster Viewing
Processing Systems and Frameworks
14:10 John Stockwel (Colorado School of Mines) A course in geophysical imaging processing using Seismic Unix Abstract
14:30 Robert Clapp (Stanford University) SEPlib Abstract
14:50 William Symes (Rice University) Frameworks for modeling and inversion Abstract
15:10 Didrik Pinte (Enthought) Python for Geophysical data processing and Visualization Abstract
Data Blitz
15:30 Lightning talks, open presentations each less than 5 minutes (Karl Schleicher timekeeper)
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16:00 Challenges facing open source software developers and users (Tariq Alkhalifah moderator) Abstract