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NVIDIA solution architect to attend PASI

December 23rd, 2012 in People

TomReed-cropTom Reed, a senior solution architect for NVIDIA, will attend PASI on the invitation of lead organizer Prof. Lorena Barba. His role at NVIDIA is supporting the US Department of Defense and Intelligence Community, and he is focused on awareness and understanding of how GPU technologies are changing what is possible in that realm. Prior to joining NVIDIA, Mr. Reed spent 20 years with Silicon Graphics where his tenure included roles in systems engineering, benchmarking & performance engineering, software development, and professional services.

Mr. Reed is looking forward to learning more about the needs of the atmospheric- and ocean-modeling fields, and about the community codes that are used there. He will interact with PASI participants as they develop their group projects, and answer any questions about using GPUs in their work.

We look forward to discussing with him about the latest developments in high-performance computing hardware and the role that GPUs could play for improving performance of ocean-modeling codes.

Final group of participants announced

December 12th, 2012 in People, Uncategorized

We are happy to announce the final group of participants selected to attend the PASI, with travel grants. We made previous announcements on November 13 and November 26.

Milton Alves Gonçalves

Research Associate, High-Performance Computing Center, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Milton is currently a research associate in Professor Alvaro Coutinho’s research group at the High-Performance Computing Center at UFRJ. He works in a project supported by Petrobras on the simulation of green water effects on ships. His role is to simulate the waves and sea conditions using a two-fluid finite element solver (VOF).

Dmitry Brazhnikov

School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Dmitry is a PhD student at the SFOS at UAF and his main topic of research is coastal effects of tsunami waves. To investigate such problems he intends to use 3D Volume-of-Fluid modesl. Dmitry is proficient in C and Fortran and has strong experience in data processing with such scripting languages as GNU R, Matlab and Python.

Luis Guarracino

Research scientist, CONICET, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina

Luis is an assistant professor and research scientist at CONICET (National Council for Scientific and Technological Research in Argentina). His research activities are mainly focused on numerical modeling of groundwater flow and he is interested in studying head fluctuations in coastal aquifers induced by ocean tides.

Josue Labaki

Postdoctoral fellow, Dept. of Computational Mechanics, University of Campinas, Brazil

Josue has been working with the boundary element method since his MSc studies in 2006. In his PhD, he moved to modeling of soil-foundation interactions. In his postdoctoral research, he is using these models to understand the influence of incoming waves on nano-facilities and synchrotron light source laboratories.

Sadid Latandret

Faculty, Department of Engineering, Fundación Universitaria Católica del Norte, Colombia

Sadid is a Specialist in Management Coastal Zone from the petty officer naval school “ENSB” in Colombia. He is a technologist in physical oceanography. He has worked for six years in the Colombian Navy’s oceanographic and hydrographic research center. He published a paper on “Observations of atmospheric tides in Cartagena de Indias”, and has another paper under review on the “Variations of physics and chemical parameters in the coastal station No. 5 in Tumaco – Nariño”

Nabilt Jill Moggiano

MSc student, Faculty of Physical Sciences, National University of San Marcos, Peru

Nabilt is a research physicist at the Peruvian Tsunami Warning Center and she is working, together with professional staff of the Peruvian Navy, on developing tsunami flood maps for her country through numerical modeling. She is familiar with open source packages such as TUNAMI-N2 and NEOWAVE, has  developed in codes Fortran, Matlab, and Generic Mapping Tools programming.

Kobi Mosquera

(from Peru) currently, a PhD student at University Paul Sabatier, France

Kobi Mosquera is a physicist and is part of the staff of the IGP (Instituto Geofisíco del Perú). His work deals with the role of long equatorial waves (Kelvin and Rossby) in the Pacific Ocean, specifically, the El Niño phenomenon. To achieme this goal, he develops simple ocean models (shallow water type) in the FORTRAN language and also uses in-situ, remote or reanalysis data for the analysis.

Prapti Neupane

PhD student, Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, University of Texas at Austin

Prapti is currently working in the computational hydraulics group at the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences under Professor Clint Dawson. She is interested in modeling flooding in coastal lowlands and watersheds due to inland storm surge and torrential rain and studying the solutions to these problems in the context of Runge-Kutta discontinuous Galerkin methods.

Willington Rentería

Researcher in the Ecuador National Tsunami Warning Center

Willington has worked for the Ecuador National Tsunami Warning Center since 2006. Currently, he is the head of the Galapagos Research Marine Center. He is an active researcher in tsunami phenomena, focusing on applying science to the tsunami warning process.

Angel Ruiz-Angulo

Research Professor, Centro de Ciencias de la Atmósfera, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Angel is currently a research professor in the Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions group, in the “Centro de Ciencias de la Atmósfera” at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, UNAM. His research interests are mainly on geophysical fluid dynamics. He collaborates in a pilot project with the objective of forecasting storm surges originated from tropical storms using ADCIRC.

Emmanuel Soliman García

PhD student, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego

Emmanuel has been a graduate student in the Geophysics PhD program at the Scripps Institution of Oceangraphy since September 2010, and currently works for Prof. David T. Sandwell on developing marine gravity field models from satellite altimetry data. His interest in tsunami modeling lies primarily with the possible effects of rough seafloor topography on the propagation of tsunamis, and how this might need to be taken into account for coastal hazard assessments.

Rosa María Vargas

PhD student, Department of Mathematics and Mechanics, IIMAS, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Rosa Vargas is a first year PhD student. Her main research interests are numerical modeling and the study of a non-local model for water-waves with variable bottom. She is interested in developing a good model that can predict the behavior of traveling-wave solutions, solitons, under the influence of variable bathymetry.

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Second group of participants announced

November 26th, 2012 in Funding, People

We are happy to announce the second group of participants selected to attend the PASI, with travel grants. The first group was announced November 13.

There will be a new announcement soon with more participants from Latin American countries.

Kendra Dresback

Research Assistant Professor, School of Civil Engineering & Environmental Science, University of Oklahoma.

Dr. Dresback received an MS and PHD in Civil Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. Her research includes the use of computational models to help in the prediction of hurricane storm surge and flooding in coastal areas and the incorporation of transport effects in coastal seas and oceans in ADCIRC.

M. Chase Dwelle

PhD Student, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan

Chase is a first-year PhD student whose research interests include particle methods and numerical modeling of free-surface and multiphase flow. He received his BSE in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan. Chase is currently working on the downscaling of global climate models to regional scales to asses potential changes in future flooding, and is interested in integrating the use of GPU computing to his research.

Dmitriy Leykekhman

Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Connecticut

Prof. Leykekhman received a PhD in mathematics from Cornell University in 2004, after which he was a postdoc in applied mathematics at Rice University. Presently, he is an assistant professor at University of Connecticut in the department of Mathematics with a joint appointment in the Marine Sciences department. His main research interest is in numerical solutions to partial differential equation specializing in mathematical theory of finite element methods. He is interested in learning about mathematical theory and computational aspects of storm and tidal phenomena and in applying the techniques to Long Island Sound.

Jessica A. Lodewyk

PhD student, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Northwestern University

Jessica earned her BA in Earth and Planetary Science from Washington University in St. Louis in 2010. She is currently a PhD student at Northwestern University working on understanding the historical seismicity of southern Chile and modeling wave propagation through the interior of the earth.

Jason Mak

PhD student, Computer Science Department, University of California, Davis

Jason has an BS degree in Computer Science from California Polytechnic State University. He is currently a PhD student working in a GPU Computing research group under Professor John Owens at the University of California, Davis. His research interests include GPU computing, parallel algorithms and architectures, and scientific computing. He was an intern at Intel Corporation in 2012, where he analyzed the performance of a compressible fluid dynamics code on Intel architectures.

Lillian Soto-Cordero (Cancelled, with regrets)

Staff scientist, Puerto Rico Seismic Network

Lillian Soto-Cordero is a research project manager for (1) the Seismic and geodetic instrumentation and seismological study of South-Eastern Puerto Rico (FEMA Grant) and (2) the Regional Moment Tensor Study of Deep Earthquakes in the PR/VI region.

Andy Terrel

Research Associate, Texas Advanced Computing Center / Adjunct Professor, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Terrel is a High Performance Computing researcher at the Texas Advanced Computing Center. In this role, Andy helps users utilize supercomputers with Python and studies methods for speeding up computational fluid dynamics. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a PhD in Computer Science in 2010 and has been programming in Python for the last decade. He is a contributor to numerous open source projects including FEniCS Project and Sympy


First group of funded participants announced

November 13th, 2012 in Funding, People

We are happy to announce the first group of participants selected to attend the PASI, with travel grants. They are an accomplished group of scholars, including staff researchers at national labs and doctoral students from across the United States.

This group of seven young scientists includes some with a background in physical oceanography, others with training in seismology and yet others with experience in applied mathematics and high-performance computing. It is a multi-disciplinary set of talented people with an interest in applying their talents to the science of modeling tsunamis and storm surges.

For those applicants still waiting to hear from us, please note that final decisions have not been made, and the second group of selected participants will be announced very soon.

Kemal Cambazoglu

Research Scientist, Department of Marine Science, University of Southern Mississippi

Dr Cambazoglu is an early-career researcher working in the field of physical oceanography and coastal engineering. His main research interests are numerical modeling of coastal ocean and nearshore environments in order to understand physical processes and to improve the predictive capabilities of forecast models.

Min Ding

PhD candidate, Marine Geology & Geophysics, MIT/WHOI Joint Program

Min is a fourth-year PhD student of Geophysics at the MIT/WHOI Joint Program. She is interested in using numerical modeling methods to investigate lithosphere dynamics and earthquake mechanisms. She is also interested in investigating the long-term tectonics in Chile and its relationship with the short-term seismic and tsunami processes.

Brian McFall

PhD Student, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Brian is a second-year PhD student working on the physical modeling of subaerial landslide-generated tsunamis in various topographic scenarios based on real-world events. He uses physical models with a landslide tsunami generator using large amounts of natural river gravel accelerated with pneumatic pistons. Before starting the PhD, he worked for five years as a project manager and commercial diver for an engineering firm in Texas, helping design storm drainage systems and inspect waterfront structures.

David Medina

PhD student, Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics, Rice University

David is a first-year PhD student. He double-majored in mathematics and computer science at The University of Texas-Pan American. His research involves high-performance numerical simulations of fluid flow using high-order spectral element methods in scalable GPU frameworks. He is an experienced programmer, proficient in C/C++, Java, and Python and has experience in parallel computing using OpenMP and MPI for traditional CPU-based clusters and GPGPU programming languages (CUDA, OpenCL).

Diego Melgar

PhD Candidate Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Diego obtained his BEng in Geophysics from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in 2009. He works  in real-time geodesy and seismology and is concerned with rapid modeling of large earthquakes and their associated phenomena.

Wei-Cheng Wu

Ph.D. student, Civil Engineering, Coastal and Ocean Program, Oregon State University

Wei-Cheng has an MS degree from National Taiwan University and worked as a professional engineer in the Water Resources Agency of Taiwan helping build regulation for flood management in flood-prone areas. He is now a second-year PhD student doing research in wave attenuation caused by heterogeneous vegetation, using both laboratory observation and numerical simulations. He is familiar with many codes of the field, including ADCIRC, GeoClaw, FUNWAVE and others.

Yulong Xing

Research staff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory / Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee

Yulong obtained his PhD in Mathematics from Brown University, working with high-order numerical methods for hyperbolic conservation laws. He then spent three years at Courant Institute, New York University, working in multiscale modeling and computation for complex geophysical flows. He is a staff scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and an assistant professor at the Department of Mathematics, University of Tennessee. His research interest is mainly in scientific computing and numerical analysis, specifically, efficient/accurate numerical methods for partial differential equations arising from geophysical flows and other applications.


New speaker and keynote talk announcement

October 24th, 2012 in Course Announcement, People

We are delighted to announce that Professor Timothy Warburton (Rice University) will be joining the PASI team of instructors. Prof. Warburton will offer a module on discontinuous Galerkin models of shallow-water phenomena (originally scheduled to be covered by Prof. Frank Giraldo of the Naval Postgraduate School, who had to cancel his participation, with regrets).

Prof. Warburton will also discuss the use of GPU hardware for shallow-water and tsunami simulations. This is a “hot topic”, without any doubt: harnessing the performance of on-chip parallelism for such time-sensitive simulations is an exciting and recent development. We are fortunate to have the unique experience of Warburton to lead this module at the PASI.

We also can now announce the keynote lecture by Dr Sergio Barrientos (University of Chile), titled: “Crustal Deformations Associated with Earthquakes”. This lecture will provide context to the rest of the summer school, focusing on the origin of most tsunami waves: the displacement of the terrain in the sea floor due to a seismic event.