Efficient algorithm for the forest fire model

Gunnar Pruessner and Henrik Jeldtoft Jensen
Phys. Rev. E 70, 066707 – Published 22 December 2004
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The Drossel-Schwabl forest fire model is one of the best studied models of nonconservative self-organized criticality. However, using an alternative algorithm, which allows us to study the model on large statistical and spatial scales, it has been shown to lack simple scaling. We thereby show that the considered model is not critical. This paper presents the algorithm and its parallel implementation in detail, together with large-scale numerical results for several observables. The algorithm can easily be adapted to related problems such as percolation.

  • Received 7 September 2003


©2004 American Physical Society

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Gunnar Pruessner* and Henrik Jeldtoft Jensen

  • Department of Mathematics, Imperial College London, 180 Queen’s Gate, London SW7 2BZ, United Kingdom

  • *Email address: gunnar.pruessner@physics.org
  • Email address: h.jensen@ic.ac.uk

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Vol. 70, Iss. 6 — December 2004

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