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Hosts announce local student support

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, campus overlooking the ocean.

Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, campus overlooking the ocean.

The host institution, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (UTSFM), has announced local student support, to help fray accommodation costs in a local bed & breakfast, and lunches during the institute.  This will help students from other cities in Chile to be able to participate in this unique educational event.

The Center for Technological Innovation in High-Performance Computing, CTI-HPC, based at UTFSM, is receiving online registrations, with requests for support.

There are only 10 supported spaces, so act soon!

The support will consist of $48.000 CLP (chilean pesos) for lodging (12 nights at a local B&B or pensión), and $24.000 CLP for lunches.

For additional information, please contact the local organizers on

Additional funding for this PASI

The Scientific and Technological Center of Valparaíso, CCTVal, has awarded supplementary funding of almost US$10,000 to offer hosting (labs, AV equipment and staff, coffee breaks, speaker recognition dinner) and local student support.

Travel grants for LA students announced

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

At this time, we are able to announce the applicants from Latin America that we are able to fund to attend this PASI, thanks to NSF award OISE-1036435.  We would like to extend to all the interested students who cannot be offered support at this time our sincerest expression of regret.  Hopefully, some of you may be able to find support from another source to attend. If this were the case, we will be able to offer a waiver of the registration fees for these students/postdocs.

The selected applicants for a travel grant are listed below. The travel grant consists of US$1000 towards air fare from Mexico and US$300 towards air fare from Argentina, plus a per-diem allowance of $120 capped at $1200.  Please note that these travel grants are capped, which means that if your travel cost were to be higher than the grant amount, you are expected to obtain supplementary funding from your supervisor or another source.

Name and position Supervisor and institution Background
Bursztyn, Gabriel
PhD student

Comp Sc (2009)

Alejandro Otero

Universidad de Buenos Aires

He has experience with a variety of programming languages including C++, parallel programming with OpenMP and knowledge of Ccomputational Fluid Dynamics, currently using finite element and spectral methods. He has taken courses on OpenMP and MPI and will extend his research codes to a parallel version during the PhD.
Cosimo, Alejandro
PhD student

Informatics Eng (2009)

Alberto Cardona

International Center for Computational Methods in Engineering (CIMEC), Universidad Nacional del Litoral, AR

He is well-versed in various programming languages including Python, and is now working on modeling the mechanical behavior of welded unions in nuclear power plants.  He did a 3-month culturale exchange program in South Africa.
García-Cano, Edgar
MSc student

Comp Eng (2005)

Katya Rodríguez

Research Institute in Applied Mathematics and Systems (IIMAS), UNAM

He is well-versed in a variety of programming languages and also has experience as Unix system administrator. Previously, he worked in several computing projects involving finacial processes and web systems. His MSc research involves evolutionary computing, in which large amounts of data is searched, which could be amenable to acceleration on GPUs.
Garelli Luciano
PhD student

Aero & Mech Eng (2005)

Mario A. Storti

International Center for Computational Methods in Engineering (CIMEC), Universidad Nacional del Litoral, AR

Worked for a year at Lockheed Martin Argentina, before starting his PhD in Engineering Sciences, specializing in computational mechanics.  His research is focused on fluid-structure interactions in supersonic and hypersonic conditions. He has taken several courses on numerical methods, algorithms and data structures in C++ and HPC, and has two published journal papers on Comp. Fluids and several conference presentations.
Kler, Pablo A.
PhD student

Bio Eng (2006)

Fabio A. Guarnieri

International Center for Computational Methods in Engineering (CIMEC), Universidad Nacional del Litoral, AR

His research is centered on developing techniques for design of Lab-on-a-Chip devices, by multi-physics modeling (fluid and mass transport, electric fields and chemical reactions).  He uses the finite element method, FEM, with parallel applications using MPI and PETSc, and wishes to improve his skills, including MPI, OpenMP and GPU computing.
Miranda, Natalia Carolina
PhD student

Comp Sc (2005)

Edgar Leonel Chavez

Universidad Nacional de San Luis

Her current PhD topic is “Getting robust signature for multimedia objects in real-time using a parallel GPU-CPU architecture”.  It involves developing tools with the ability to pair audio signals of the same perceptual nature, by extracting audio fingerprints. Has taken several courses in parallel computing, digital media, graphics, machine learning and others.
Monsivais Velazquez, Daniel
MSc student

Physics (2006)

Luis Miguel De la Cruz Salas


He is following two Master’s programs, one in non-linear dynamics and complex systems and one in computer science, for which he is writing the thesis. It is focused on evaluating various architectures and methods for porous media. He knows a variety of programming languages, including C/C++, fortrana and Python, and also dMPI, OpenMP, and some self-taught CUDA
Muñoz Flores, Antonio
MSc student

Chem Eng (1993)

Suemi Rodriguez Romo

Research Institute in Applied Mathematics and Systems (IIMAS), UNAM

He worked as process engineer, technical advisor, and manager consultatnt at various stages before starting graduate study.  He is currently a student working on lattice Boltzmann method for multiphase flows, with GPUs as part of his MSc thesis project. His application of interest is the behavior of gas-liquid mixtures flowing through membrane micropores, with focus on app;lications in hydrogen cells.
Piedra, Saul
MSc student

ElecMech Eng (2009)

Eduardo Ramos

Center for Energy Research, UNAM

He is working on computational fluid dynamics with immersed boundary methods and is a C/C++ programmer. His research is focused on bubbly flows, using front-tracking methods and he is extending an existing 2D code to 3D, realizing in this case the computational time will be too long; this has brought him to consider GPUs to accelerate the codes.
Ribero Vairo, Melisa
PhD student

Civil Eng (2005)

Anibal Mirasso

Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza, AR

At the Institute of Structural Mechanics and Seismic Risk, she is currently working on FEA and wishes to extend the codes to parallel systems. She is also interested in biomechanics, especially mechanical properties of living tissue.  She is mostly a Matlab programmer, but has some knowledge of Fortran and C. Her lab is planning to add GPUs to an existing cluster.
Rivero Corona, Michel Alejandro
PhD student

MSc Mech Eng 2008

Sergio Cuevas Garcia


Is working on magnetohydrodynamics, MHD, including experimental work, and electromagnetic processing of materials. Has several conference presentations, mainly in Mexico, but two abroad:  APS 2010 and IUTAM Enmark 2008. In his MSc thesis, he developed an MHD pump, and is now studying mixing and stirring of liquid metal.
Ruestes, Carlos
PhD student

Aero Eng (2005)

Eduardo Bringa

Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza, AR

His interests include molecular dynamics, multi-scale simulation; currently uses LAMMPS including the GPU version and thus wishes to learn coding for the GPU.
Tago Pacheco, Josue
PhD student

MSc Comp Sc (2007)

Victor Cruz Atienza

Institute of Geophysics, UNAM

As PhD research, he is working on earthquake modeling, wave attenuation and dynamic rupture, using discontinuous Galerkin methods.  He programs in C++, Java and fortran and knows MPI and OpenMP. He has developed code solving 3D elastodynamics with DGM, and in 2D with spectral methods. He is familiar with domain decomposition and finite element methods, and has presented his work at conferences both in Mexico and abroad.
Zavala, Emilio
MSc student

Geoph. Eng. (2007)

Ismael Herrera


Ample programming experience, including C++, fortran and Matlab, OpenMP and MPI. He worked for 3 years in airborne geophysics operations, processing magnetrometry, electromagenetic data. He is currently working on multiphase flow in porous media for enhanced oil recovery, but also has a deep interest in sustainable energy sources.

Travel grants for US students announced

Friday, October 15th, 2010

We received 68 eligible applications for travel grants from students and postdocs from the US and Canada.  This made the exercise of selecting the awardees for these travel grants epecially difficult, and unfortunately means that many highly qualified applicants will not receive a grant.  We would like to extend to all the interested students who cannot be offered support at this time our sincerest expression of regret.  Hopefully, some of you may be able to find support from another source to attend. If this were the case, we will be able to offer a waiver of the registration fees for these students/postdocs.

The selected applicants for a travel grant are listed below. The travel grant consists of US$1000 towards air fare, and a per-diem allowance of $120 capped at $1200 (in other words, the value of the grant is $2200).

Name and position Supervisor and institution Background
Arya, Anshu
PhD student(2009–) 

BE ChemE BS Comp Sc UDelaware

Laxmikant Kale 

Dept. Computer Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Improving the massively parallel quantum chemistry package, OpenAtom, to operate efficiently on petaFLOP machines, in collaboration with IBM Watson.  Research goals: improving the efficiency and utilization of heterogeneous (accelerated) clusters, e.g., using an an adaptive run-time system capable of load- balancing during program execution, although currently has limited first-hand experience with GPUs.
Bhagatwala, Ankit
PhD student (2005–) 

BSc / MSc Ocean Engrg. IIT Madras

Sanjiva, Lele 

Dept. Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford University

Working on shock-turbulence and shock-interface interactions in spherical geometry for inertial confinement fusion. Did internship at Max-Planck on helioseismology. Author of a 3D massively parallel Navier-Stokes solver scaling up to 32k cores on the Blue Gene/P supercomputer at the Argonne National Laboratories. Attended GPU course at Stanford Spring 2010.
Corona, Eduardo
PhD student 3rd yr 

BSc Applied Math Mexico 2007

Denis Zorin 

Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU

In his undergraduate, worked with Finite Element Methods.  Has been working on kernel-independent FMM since summer 2008, now developing fast direct solver for boundary-integral equations on surfaces (application is vesicles in Stokes flow).  Currently attending HPC course by Berger and Klockner; knows C/C++ but no parallel experience on CV. Research very much in line with topics of PASI courses.
Espinosa, Allan
PhD student (2008–) 

BSc ECEng (Philippines)

Ian Foster 

Dept. Computer Science
University of Chicago

Has designed scientific workflows to support bioinformatics, earthquake/geoinformatics and molecular dynamics simulations as loosely-coupled and tightly-coupled applications in petascale systems (Argonne IBM BlueGene/P and TACC Ranger SUN Constellation). Current work consists in running several 30,000 CPU-hour earthquake simulations on distributed resources like the Open Science Grid.
Fierst, Janna
Postdoctoral researcher 

PhD 2010 FSU
MSc 2004 CalState Biology

Patrick Phillips 

Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Oregon

NSF-funded postoctoral fellow in biology, working on bioinformatics and evolutionary genetics. Using computational modeling and data on genetic interactions in yeast to integrate current evolutionary theory with a modern, mechanistic understanding of biological networks. Four publications: Evolution, Phycologia. Would like to attend PASI to learn about modern approaches to large-scale computing and how these can be implemented in biological research.  Learned to program in a “Programming for Biologists” class, C/C++, Java, Python,and Unix shell but no parallel experience.
Ho, Kenneth
PhD student (2007–) 

BSc 2007  Applied Comp. Math. Caltech

Leslie Greengard 

Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
New York University

As an undergraduate, did research on synthetic DNA switches. Caltech Bioengineering Bootcamp 2008. Two journal publications: PLoS Comp. Biol. and Theor. Biol. Med. Model. Now working on fast direct methods for molecular electrostatics, using boundary integral formulation and wishes to learn about parallelization of these methods. Additional interests in systems biology and neuroscience.
Karpenko, Oleksiy
PhD student (2008–) 

MSc Comp. Sci. 2001 (Ukraine)

Yang Dai 

Bioinformatics, University of Illinois at Chicago

His interest is massively parallel approaches to processing epigenomic data. Worked as software engineer before starting PhD; extensive programming experience in C++ and OOP and many languages and environments.  Publications in Bioinformatics, Immunogentics, Methods in Molecular Biology.
Layton, Simon
PhD student (2008–) 

BSc Math/CS Bristol

Lorena Barba 

Mechanical Engr. Dept., Boston University

Ample programming experience in Python, C/C++ and other languages. Has experience with CUDA and is working on the shallow water equation model for storm surges with high-order (WENO) methods; has knowledge of vortex methods and FMM.
Li, Ying-Wai
PhD student (2007–) 

BSc / MSc Physics Univ. Hong Kong

David P. Landau, 

Dept. Physics & Astronomy, University of Georgia

Research focuses on Monte Carlo simulations of simplified lattice protein models, with focus on  interaction of proteins with attractive substrates.  Three journal papers: Phys Rev E, Comp Phys Comp. Has attended two summer schools on GPU, so some experience with CUDA. Python programmer, also C++
McKenzie, Amber
PhD student 

MSc linguistics

Manton Matthews 

Computer Science, University of South Carolina

Her research is in parallel natural language processing (NLP), including efforts to improve performance by shortcuts in data processing; identifying areas for parallelization within different NLP applications. Some limited experience with CUDA
Payne, Benjamin
PhD student (2009–) 

MSc Physics MST

Alexey Yamilov 

Dept. Physics, Missouri University of Science and Technology

Worked as system administrator (100 users) at UWi-Madison. Air Force National Guard. Teragrid experience up to 1000 procs. Four journal publications: Phys. Rev. B, Physica B, J. Mod. Opt. PhD research focused on light propagation through media with randomly-placed scatterers. Has parallel prog. experience with MPI
Perilla, Juan
PhD student (2005–) 

BSc Physics (Colombia)

Thomas Woolf 

Dept. of Biophysics and Physical Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University

Has developed and published new methods that tackle the problem of transition states for large biological systems reducing the computational cost compared to other alternatives. Has mainly focused on large parallel architectures (Kraken, Steele). Researcher at the Epilepsy Center, doing volumetric reconstructions from MRI and CT scans for accurately locating electrodes in patients with epilepsy that have to undergo brain surgery.
Peters, Amanda
PhD student (2008–) 

BA Physics/CS 2005 Duke U

Efthimios Kaxiras 

Applied Physics, Harvard University

She has extensive programming experience, mainly MPI. Was software engineer for Blue Gene, 4 years working for IBM before starting PhD, in various roles. Multiple conference (CS) publications. Now working on large-scale simulation of cardiovascular hemodynamics. Has worked scaling CFD application to 294k procs. and is a finalist for Gordon Bell prize 2010. Starting to get involved with CUDA.
Stuart, Jeffery
PhD student 

BB/MS Univ NV both in CS

John Owens 

Computer Science, University of California, Davis

Internships in Nvidia and Google; multiple computing conference presentations. Focusing almost exclusively on GPUs in his PhD research. Part of the SciDAC UltraViz institute. MapReduce implementation on a GPU cluster.

Applications for funding now open

Sunday, September 19th, 2010


Thanks to NSF award OISE-1036435 (with joint funding from DOE), we have available 30 travel grants for graduate students or postdoctoral fellows, to attend this PASI.

We expect to award 15 of these travel grants to students from the US, for which support consists of $1000 for air travel and $120 per day, for a maximum of 10 days, for expenses.  The other 15 grants are expected to be awarded to students from other countries in Latin America, for which the support consists of $600 for air travel and $120 per day, for a maximum of 10 days, for expenses.  If your travel were to be more expensive than the amount of the grant, you should ask your supervisor for supplementary support.  If this is not possible, you may contact the PASI lead organizer, who will work with you to obtain a solution.

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