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Seismic Reverse-Time Migration Using Efficient Numerical Algorithm for Modeling First-Arrival Waveforms
Alexandr Sergeevich Serdyukov, Anton Albertovich Duchkov, Artem Sergeevich Smelov

A. A. Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics SB RAS
Novosibirsk State University

UDC code: 004.021:550.34

We suggest a new algorithm for numerical modeling of seismic wavefields. Finite-difference solution of the wave equation occurs only in a strip (further called «window») following the front of first arrivals. The «window» position is determined from the numerical eikonal solver by computing first-arrival fronts. The proposed approach of the windowed modeling can significantly speed up calculation (since the finite-difference calculations are carried out in a moving «window» instead of computing in the whole domain) and reduce the amount of memory required for storing the field. The tests showed the possibility of the calculation accelerating up to 40 times and memory usage reduction up to 50 times. This approach allows us to model only the waveforms of the first arrivals, but this is enough for many seismic migration procedures. In particular, the article discusses the case of the reverse-time migration because it requires large amounts of computations. Tests show that in addition to accelerating the migration this approach allows us to avoid the appearance of artifacts, i.e. false images of non-existent seismic boundaries.

Key Words
numerical algorithms, finite-difference scheme, wave equation, eikonal equation, reversetime seismic migration, parallel computing

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Serdyukov A. S., Duchkov A. A., Smelov A. S. Seismic Reverse-Time Migration Using Efficient Numerical Algorithm for Modeling First-Arrival Waveforms // Vestnik NSU Series: Information Technologies. - 2016. - Volume 14, Issue No 4. - P. 68-79. - ISSN 1818-7900. (in Russian).

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Publication information
Main title Vestnik NSU Series: Information Technologies, Volume 14, Issue No 4 (2016).
Parallel title: Novosibirsk State University Journal of Information Technologies Volume 14, Issue No 4 (2016).

Key title: Vestnik Novosibirskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta. Seriâ: Informacionnye tehnologii
Abbreviated key title: Vestn. Novosib. Gos. Univ., Ser.: Inf. Tehnol.
Variant title: Vestnik NGU. Seriâ: Informacionnye tehnologii

Year of Publication: 2016
ISSN: 1818-7900 (Print), ISSN 2410-0420 (Online)
Publisher: Novosibirsk State University Press
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