Matthew G. Knepley, PhD


About the speaker

Matthew Knepley received his BSc in Physics from Case Western Reserve University in 1994, his MSc in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota in 1996, and his PhD in Computer Science from Purdue University in 2000. He was a Research Scientist at Akamai Technologies and a Computational Mathematician in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). In 2009, he joined the Computation Institute as a Senior Research Associate.

Dr Knepley’s research focuses on scientific computation, including fast methods, parallel computing, software development, numerical analysis, and multicore architectures. He is an author of the widely used PETSc library for scientific computing from ANL, and is a principal software developer of the PetFMM and PetRBF libraries, for the parallel fast multipole method and parallel radial basis function interpolation, respectively. He is a part of the FEniCS collaboration for automated scientific computing. He was a J.T. Oden Faculty Research Fellow at the Institute for Computation Engineering and Sciences, UT Austin, in 2008, and won the R&D 100 Award in 2009 as part of the PETSc team.

Dr Knepley’s areas of research interest include:

  • parallel algorithms for scientific computing
  • large scale finite element simulation
  • classical density functional theory for biomolecules

Sample publications

  • PetFMM—A dynamically load-balancing parallel fast multipole library, Felipe A. Cruz, Matthew G. Knepley, and L.A. Barba, Int. J. Num. Meth. Eng., Vol.85(4): 403–428 (Jan. 2011) []
  • Mesh Algorithms for PDE with Sieve I: Mesh Distribution, Matthew G. Knepley, and Dmitry A. Karpeev, Scientific Programming Vol. 17:3 (2009) [ACM Portal]