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Wave Server (OWS)


SeisComP SDS Compatible

  • The Wave Server (OWS) is a simpler system than the Winston Wave Server (WWS) so is easier to maintain
  • Using the Wave Server (OWS) you no longer have to implement the memory-hungry Java-based WWS
  • Swarm is no longer tied to Earthworm and can work with SeisComP or a stand-alone SeedLink server
  • The Wave Server (OWS) serves waveforms faster than the WWS
  • Using the Wave Server (OWS) there is only one waveform database to maintain
  • The miniSEED waveform database is Linux friendly (e.g., cat a group a miniSEED files to create a super miniSEED file)
  • The Wave Server (OWS) is not only well documented and rigorously maintained but comes with a guarantee of customer satisfaction, full support and continued development


The Wave Server (OWS) bridges the gap between your Earthworm and SeisComP Systems.

At Raspberry Shake we encourage users to send all data, regardless of flavor, to a centralized Seedlink wave server for archival in a SeisComP Data Structure (SDS) waveform database as daily miniSEED records. Streams can then be imported into Earthworm and Earlybird systems with slink2ew. This greatly simplifies acquisition protocols and allows for redundant data processing systems (e.g., Earthworm, Earlybird and/ or SeisComP) to all feed off a single data acquisition and archival system (Seedlink + slarchive).

In 2012, we introduced a new product in C++ called the Wave Server (OWS), which essentially makes the SDS look like a wave server. The user points their OWS at their Seedlink server(s) and SDS miniSEED database. Then everything is transparent to Earthworm: getmenu, waveman2disk, heli_ewII, localmag, gmew, ew2mseed, Swarm and anything else that requires a wave server all work as normal. The Wave Server (OWS) streams data directly from the Seedlink server. Older data is instantly queued up from the SDS miniSEED database. The Wave Server (OWS) drives Swarm and other tools as fast (often faster) as the Winston Wave Server (WWS).

Earthworm modules known to work with the Wave Server (OWS):

  • ew2mseed
  • getmenu
  • gmew
  • heli_ewII
  • localmag
  • Theoretically, everything is transparent to Earthworm and anything else that requires a wave server should work.

Other programs known to work with the Wave Server (OWS):

  • Swarm
  • Obspy’s obspy.earthworm

Additional Information

Operating System Required Linux
Data Input Accepted miniSEED from SeedLink and/ or SeisComP SDS archive
Data Input miniSEED

Software Delivery

Delivery of software happens using Docker technology. Upon receipt of payment, complete instructions for download and installation of software will follow in an email, including complete details to satisfy licensing requirements.


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