• Version 2.6, 1994
  • Method for organizing data


SUDS is a new method for organizing data that promotes efficient storage, exchange, and use of both data and computer programs by seismologists with widely varying needs and interests. SUDS is compact, modular, and self-documenting. SUDS is machine independent, working well in both files and relational database systems mounted on different types of storage devices and on different types of computers that stand alone or are interconnected by networks. SUDS is scalable to meet efficiently the needs of individuals with one seismograph, the needs of operators of major seismograph networks, the needs of seismologists merging data from all over the world, and even the widely varying needs of researchers. SUDS is described in a manual that is compiled to run table-driven, general-purpose software for such tasks as editing, plotting, and filtering, as well as phase picking and earthquake locating. While developed for seismology, SUDS applies to all types of data.

SUDS, Version 1, was developed on SUN3 workstations, was adopted as the format for the IASPEI Seismological Library for personal computers, and is in widespread use. Version 1.41 is currently maintained and supported by Robert Banfill, Small Systems Support, 2 Boston Harbor Place, Big Water, Utah 84741-0205, 801-675-5827 or Fax 801-675-3780.

SUDS, Version 2, is a major rewrite to make SUDS machine independent and relational. Version 2 integrates a relational database (RDM formerly known as db_vista).

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    SUDS, data, organization, storage, exchange

  • Citation:

    Peter Ward et al., U.S. Geological Survey, Mail Stop 977, 345 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park, Ca 94025