Virtual Purdue: Future City Animation

Istanbul is at such high risk for a devastating earthquake that engineers at Purdue University and the Republic of Turkey have come up with a bold new proposal: build a second city.

A second, satellite city would provide immediate refuge to inhabitants of the old city in the event of a catastrophic earthquake and soften such an event's effects on the nation's economy.

The animation of the future Turkish city was created in two months by using the TeraGrid, a National Science Foundation-funded research computing grid.

Purdue is one of 11 research institutions that comprise TeraGrid, which is the world's largest open science computing grid. The movie is embedded below:

The animation was rendered using the TeraGrid Distributed Rendering Environment, or TeraDRE, developed by research scientists in Information Technology at Purdue.

See Purdue University News for more info.

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