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The SPECFEM3D package was first developed by Dimitri Komatitsch and Jean-Pierre Vilotte at Institut de Physique du Globe (IPGP) in Paris, France from 1995 to 1997 and then by Dimitri Komatitsch and Jeroen Tromp at Harvard University and Caltech, USA, starting in 1998. The story started on April 4, 1995, when Prof. Yvon Maday from CNRS and University of Paris, France, gave a lecture to Dimitri Komatitsch and Jean-Pierre Vilotte at IPG about the nice properties of the Legendre spectral-element method with diagonal mass matrix that he had used for other equations. We are deeply indebted and thankful to him for that. That followed a visit by Dimitri Komatitsch to OGS (Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale) in Trieste, Italy, in February 1995 to meet with Géza Seriani and Enrico Priolo, who introduced him to their 2D Chebyshev version of the spectral-element method with a non-diagonal mass matrix. We are deeply indebted and thankful to them for that.

Since then it has been developed and maintained by a development team: in alphabetical order, Michael Afanasiev, Rafael Almada, Jean-Paul (Pablo) Ampuero, Étienne Bachmann, Kangchen Bai, Piero Basini, Stephen Beller, Jordan Bishop, Céline Blitz, Alexis Bottero, Ebru Bozdağ, Emanuele Casarotti, Joseph Charles, Min Chen, Paul Cristini, Clément Durochat, Percy Galvez, Rene Gassmoeller, Hom Nath Gharti, Dominik Göddeke, Leopold Grinberg, Aakash Gupta, Vala Hjörleifsdóttir, Foivos Karakostas, Sue Kientz, Dimitri Komatitsch, Jesús Labarta, Nicolas Le Goff, Pieyre Le Loher, Matthieu Lefebvre, Qinya Liu, Youshan Liu, David Luet, Yang Luo, Alessia Maggi, Federica Magnoni, Roland Martin, René Matzen, Geordie McBain, Dennis McRitchie, Matthias Meschede, Peter Messmer, David Michéa, Ryan Modrak, Vadim Monteiller, Surendra Nadh Somala, Masaru Nagaso, Tarje Nissen-Meyer, Elif Oral, Daniel Peter, Kevin Pouget, Max Rietmann, Elliott Sales de Andrade, Brian Savage, Bernhard Schuberth, Anne Sieminski, James Smith, Leif Strand, Carl Tape, Jeroen Tromp, Eduardo Valero Cano, Brice Videau, Jean-Pierre Vilotte, Huihui Weng, Zhinan Xie, Chang-Hua Zhang, Hejun Zhu.

The cover graphic of the manual was created by Santiago Lombeyda from Caltech’s Center for Advanced Computing Research (CACR), USA, with free satellite clipart pictures from and added to it.

The code is released open-source under the GNU version 3 license, see the license at the end of this manual.

This documentation has been automatically generated by pandoc based on the User manual (LaTeX version) in folder doc/USER_MANUAL/ (Mar 14, 2023)