Category: Funding

Research seed grant from MGHPCC

February 6th, 2012 in Funding

Prof. Barba led a multi-institution bid to success in the call for research seed grants of the Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center, MGHPCC.

The project is a collaboration among investigators in BU, Harvard and UMass aimed at creating an open and high-performance software infrastructure for  hierarchical N-body algorithms. The award amounts to $130,487 for the duration of one year, and will fund a graduate student in each institution to develop extensions to the ExaFMM code base, and a workshop to exchange ideas with other researchers in the field.

The team funded by this seed grant will develop capability to solve diverse problems, including biophysics, acoustics and fluid dynamics. The joint effort will build from the software framework in ExaFMM, which was released by Barba’s team at the Supercomputing Conference in Seattle, Nov. 2011.

The research team is formed by:

  • Lorena Barba, Boston University
  • Cris Cecka, Institute for Applied Computational Science, Harvard University
  • Hans Johnston, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Massachusetts Amherst

In addition, IBM T.J. Watson Research (Cambridge, MA) is an industrial partner in this effort, and Dr Rio Yokota (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology) is an external collaborator. Yokota was a postdoctoral researcher with Prof Barba for nearly three years, during which time he developed the ExaFMM code. He joined KAUST in September 2011 and continues collaborating with Barba’s group.

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