GRADUATE COURSE OFFERING - Spring 1999

MEG 777 - Application of High-Performance Computing Methods in Science and Engineering

    The Department of Mechanical Engineering is pleased to offer a multidisciplinary graduate course.

General Description (3 credits): Applications of high-performance computing systems to science and engineering, programing models for computational science and engineering, high-performance numerical algorithms, programming in FORTRAN 90 and High Performance FORTRAN

Prerequisites: Knowledge of Unix, FORTRAN and previous course on numerical methods or equivalent.

Format: Lectures (based on text, class notes, and recent publications), invited speakers, and world wide web reference materials.

Text: Lloyd D. Fosdick, et. al, "An Introduction to High-Performance Scientific Computing," The MIT Press, 1996.

Motivation: In science and engineering, high performance computing techniques are used to simulate physical events and to process large quantities of experimental data. The use of simulation in research is now established as a method of conducting science in cooperation with theory and experimentation.
    Computational science and engineering have been continually evolving as disciplines over the past two decades. A growing number of universities have introduced new courses and degree programs in these areas.
    This class is an advanced multidisciplinary graduate course that provides a broad overview of the state-of-the-art methods and problems in computational science and engineering. Our numerical laboratory for this course will use the newly acquired SGI/Cray Origin 2000 system at the National Supercomputing Center for Energy and the Environment. The Origin 2000 system is a scalable parallel high-performance computing platform based on the SGI/MIPS R10000 RISC processor.
    Students will learn and employe software tools including FORTRAN 90, High-Performance FORTRAN, as well as MPI and PVM environments. The main motivation for the subject matter is derived from real applications in science and engineering. We attempt to cover the entire process of problem solving from the point of mathematical modeling to actual implementation and analysis of results. The course focuses on numerical methods for solution of partial differential equations, problem solving techniques, performance measurement, and optimization for scientific and engineering problems on high-performance computing systems. The scientific and engineering application areas will be topical, depending on student interests and disciplines.

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