John K. Costain: Professor Emeritus of Geophysics

Computing Facility Dedication

The following was published in the Fall, 2001, Newsletter of the Department of Geological Sciences.

"The John K. Costain Graduate Geophysics Endowed Scholarship Fund" was established by Mr. David W. Worthington to rethe impact of Dr. John K. Costain, Emeritus Professor of Geophysics, on his students and his long-term contributions to Geophysics Programs and commitment to the Department of Geological Sciences at Virginia Tech. After receiving his degree at Marietta College in Geology with minors in Physics and Mathematics, David started graduate work at the University of Utah and accompanied John when John moved to Virginia Tech. Mr. Worthington received his M.S. in Geophysics from Virginia Tech in 1969, as John's first graduate student from Virginia Tech.

On February 21, 2001, the reflection seismology computing facility was named the "John K. Costain Geophysics Computing Facility" to recognize and thank John for his past and continuing contributions. The scholarship will support research at the facility.

"The John K. Costain Geophysics Computing Facility" provides the Geophysics group at Virginia Tech with the hardware and software needed for research and education. The facility is sponsored by alumni, BP, Chevron, Exxon, Geographix, Landmark Graphics Corporation, Marathon, Rock Solid Images, Sun Microsystems, Texaco, the Department of Geological Sciences, and the College of Arts and Sciences at Virginia Tech. The facility now includes state-of-the-art hardware and software obtained by grants to Dr. Matthias Imhof, Assistant Professor of Geophysics, who also supervises the facility.

Software now includes packages of Landmark Graphics Corporation (ProMAX 3D, EarthCube, SeisWorks, petrophysical/stratigraphic modeling tools), Geograpppphix (GMAplus: STRUCT, LogM, AVO, and WavX), Paradigm Geophysical (2D and 3D Disco and Focus), Rock Solid Images (Petrotools and Petrosolutions), Roxar (IRAP RMS), GOCAD, Hampson-Russell (AVO, STRATA, GEOSTAT, EMERGE) VoxelGeo.

Hardware now includes a SGI Power Challenge/Felix, Sun workstations (four Sun Blade 1000 UltraSPARC-III and one Sun Ulta 60), and access to an on-campus Beowulf cluster built from 80 PCs. Various Sun, SGI, and Linux workstations complement the facility and are used as multipurpose computers.

Dedication Ceremony

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