GPU-accelerated Modeling and Element-free Reverse-time Migration with Gauss Points Partition

Thursday, 18 December 2014
Zhou Zhen, USTC University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China and Xiaofeng Jia, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China
Element-free method (EFM) has been applied to seismic modeling and migration. Compared with finite element method (FEM) and finite difference method (FDM), it is much cheaper and more flexible because only the information of the nodes and the boundary of the study area are required in computation. In the EFM, the number of Gauss points should be consistent with the number of model nodes; otherwise the accuracy of the intermediate coefficient matrices would be harmed. Thus when we increase the nodes of velocity model in order to obtain higher resolution, we find that the size of the computer's memory will be a bottleneck. The original EFM can deal with at most 81×81 nodes in the case of 2G memory, as tested by Jia and Hu (2006).

In order to solve the problem of storage and computation efficiency, we propose a concept of Gauss points partition (GPP), and utilize the GPUs to improve the computation efficiency. Considering the characteristics of the Gaussian points, the GPP method doesn’t influence the propagation of seismic wave in the velocity model. To overcome the time-consuming computation of the stiffness matrix (K) and the mass matrix (M), we also use the GPUs in our computation program. We employ the compressed sparse row (CSR) format to compress the intermediate sparse matrices and try to simplify the operations by solving the linear equations with the CULA Sparse’s Conjugate Gradient (CG) solver instead of the linear sparse solver ‘PARDISO’. It is observed that our strategy can significantly reduce the computational time of K and Mcompared with the algorithm based on CPU.

The model tested is Marmousi model. The length of the model is 7425m and the depth is 2990m. We discretize the model with 595x298 nodes, 300x300 Gauss cells and 3x3 Gauss points in each cell. In contrast to the computational time of the conventional EFM, the GPUs-GPP approach can substantially improve the efficiency. The speedup ratio of time consumption of computing K, M is 120 and the speedup ratio time consumption of RTM is 11.5. At the same time, the accuracy of imaging is not harmed. Another advantage of the GPUs-GPP method is its easy applications in other numerical methods such as the FEM. Finally, in the GPUs-GPP method, the arrays require quite limited memory storage, which makes the method promising in dealing with large-scale 3D problems.