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CIC Seminar May 2018

Date: May 23, 2018

Time: 2pm - 3pm

Location: B216:204 - Innovation Central Perth

CIC Seminar May 2018

The Fast Multipole Boundary Element Method for Large-Scale Modelling in Computational Acoustics

Dr Daniel Wilkes

 

Abstract:

The Fast Multipole Boundary Element Method (FMBEM) is a numerical method which allows for the computational modelling of large-scale wave scattering or radiation problems (acoustics, elastodynamics, and electromagnetics) with significantly reduced computational resources.

This presentation will provide a general overview of the FMBEM algorithm and present numerical results for large-scale modelling problems in underwater acoustics, elastodynamics, and acoustic coupled fluid-structure interaction problems.

A simple algorithm for small-scale parallelisation (<64 cores) of the FMBEM will also be discussed

 

Bio:

Daniel Wilkes is a research fellow at the Centre of Marine Science and Technology (CMST) at Curtin University’s Department of Applied Physics. Daniel’s research work focuses on the development of fast algorithms for computational modelling in underwater acoustics for a range of applications including large-scale or high frequency acoustic scattering/sound radiation, target strength modelling, sound radiation from pile driving and modal analysis of vibrating structures.

Hacky Hour

Date: May 23, 2018

Time: 3pm - 4pm

Location: Library Makerspace, Level 5

Hacky Hour

Hacky Hour is a weekly meetup designed to help build a community around data and/or computing driven research. Everyone is welcome to drop-in to work on problems related to code, data, or digital tools in a social environment.

We have weekly lightning talks about various topics and regular guest visits from Pawsey and to sweeten the deal we will provide biscuits as well.

Follow @CUHackyHour for updates and info on guests and talk topics.

No RSVP necessary, just rock up!

Hacky Hour

Date: May 16, 2018

Time: 3pm - 4pm

Location: Library Makerspace, Level 5

Hacky Hour

Hacky Hour is a weekly meetup designed to help build a community around data and/or computing driven research. Everyone is welcome to drop-in to work on problems related to code, data, or digital tools in a social environment.

We have weekly lightning talks about various topics and regular guest visits from Pawsey and to sweeten the deal we will provide biscuits as well.

Follow @CUHackyHour for updates and info on guests and talk topics.

No RSVP necessary, just rock up!

Hacky Hour

Date: May 9, 2018

Time: 3pm - 4pm

Location: Library Makerspace, Level 5

Hacky Hour

Hacky Hour is a weekly meetup designed to help build a community around data and/or computing driven research. Everyone is welcome to drop-in to work on problems related to code, data, or digital tools in a social environment.

We have weekly lightning talks about various topics and regular guest visits from Pawsey and to sweeten the deal we will provide biscuits as well.

Follow @CUHackyHour for updates and info on guests and talk topics.

No RSVP necessary, just rock up!

RMT May 2018

Date: May 8, 2018

Time: 2pm - 3pm

Location: B216:204 - Innovation Central Perth

RMT May 2018

Note, the May RMT will be held as an afternoon tea on Tuesday May 8.
For this afternoon tea we will be joined by the Innovation Central Perth (ICP) staff as our special guests. So if you want to know more about what the ICP does and how you could engage with them please come along.

To foster collaborations and interdisciplinary research the CIC holds a regular research morning tea (RMT), where researchers from across the faculties can mingle and discuss their research.

Coffee, cake and healthy snack alternatives are provided while you can hear about CIC updates and talk to the CIC computational specialists and other researchers across all faculties.

RVSP: Please send any news items and confirm your attendance by Friday 4 May

Contact:  Email or call Rebecca on extension 2074

Hacky Hour

Date: May 2, 2018

Time: 3pm - 4pm

Location: Library Makerspace, Level 5

Hacky Hour

Hacky Hour is a weekly meetup designed to help build a community around data and/or computing driven research. Everyone is welcome to drop-in to work on problems related to code, data, or digital tools in a social environment.

We have weekly lightning talks about various topics and regular guest visits from Pawsey and to sweeten the deal we will provide biscuits as well.

Follow @CUHackyHour for updates and info on guests and talk topics.

 

No RSVP necessary, just rock up!

April SWC workshop – R

Start date: April 23, 2018

End date: April 24, 2018

Time: 9am-5pm

Location: B216:201

April SWC workshop – R

Software Carpentry‘s (SWC) mission is to help scientists and engineers get more research done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic lab skills for scientific computing. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems. For more information on what we teach and why, please see our paper “Best Practices for Scientific Computing“.

Who: The course is aimed at graduate students and researchers. You don’t need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

Content: We will be teaching introductions to the Unix shell, version control with Git as well as programming with R. For the syllabus and schedule see the workshop webpage.

When: Monday 23 & Tuesday 24 April 2018, 9am – 5pm

Where: B216:201, Curtin University, Bentley Campus
RVSP: You can register via Eventbrite, there is a registration fee which will cover morning and afternoon tea.
Contact: Please email rebecca.lange@curtin.edu.au for more information.

CIC Special Guest Seminar March 2018

Date: March 28, 2018

Time: 12 pm - 1pm, followed by afternoon tea

Location: B216:204 - Innovation Central Perth

CIC Special Guest Seminar March 2018

Caches all the way down: Infrastructure for Data Science

Prof David Abramson

 

Abstract:
The rise of big data science has created new demands for modern computer systems. While floating performance has driven computer architecture and system design for the past few decades, there is renewed interest in the speed at which data can be ingested and processed. Early exemplars such as Gordon, the NSF funded system at the San Diego Supercomputing Centre, shifted the focus from pure floating-point performance to memory and IO rates.

At the University of Queensland we have continued this trend with the design of FlashLite, a parallel cluster equipped with large amounts of main memory, flash disk, and a distributed shared memory system (ScaleMP’s vSMP). This allows applications to place data “close” to the processor, enhancing processing speeds. Further, we have built a geographically distributed multi-tier hierarchical data fabric called MeDiCI, which provides an abstraction of very large data stores across the metropolitan area. MeDiCI leverages industry solutions such as IBM’s Spectrum Scale and SGI’s DMF platforms.

Caching underpins both FlashLite and MeDiCI. In this presentation I will describe the design decisions and illustrate some early application studies that benefit from the approach. I will also highlight some of the challenges that need to be solved for this approach to become mainstream.

Bio:
David Abramsonhas been involved in computer architecture and high performance computing research since 1979. He has held appointments at Griffith University, CSIRO, RMIT and Monash University and prior to joining University of Queensland, he was the Director of the Monash e-Education Centre, Science Director of the Monash e-Research Centre, and a Professor of Computer Science in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash. From 2007 to 2011 he was an Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow.

David has expertise in High Performance Computing, distributed and parallel computing, computer architecture and software engineering. He has produced in excess of 200 research publications, and some of his work has also been integrated in commercial products. One of these, Nimrod, has been used widely in research and academia globally, and is also available as a commercial product, called EnFuzion, from Axceleon. His world-leading work in parallel debugging is sold and marketed by Cray Inc, one of the world’s leading supercomputing vendors, as a product called ccdb. David is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), and the Australian Computer Society (ACS). He is currently a visiting Professor in the Oxford e-Research Centre at the University of Oxford.

March SWC workshop – Python

Start date: March 19, 2018

End date: March 20, 2018

Time: 9am-5pm

Location: 216:202 (tentative)

March SWC workshop – Python

Software Carpentry‘s (SWC) mission is to help scientists and engineers get more research done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic lab skills for scientific computing. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems. For more information on what we teach and why, please see our paper “Best Practices for Scientific Computing“.

Who: The course is aimed at graduate students and researchers. You don’t need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

Content: We will be teaching introductions to the Unix shell, version control with Git as well as programming with Python. For the syllabus and schedule see the workshop webpage.

When: Monday 19 & Tuesday 20 March 2018, 9am – 5pm

Where: B216:202 (room tentative), Curtin University, Bentley Campus
RVSP: You can register via Eventbrite, there is a registration fee which will cover morning and afternoon tea.
Contact: Please email rebecca.lange@curtin.edu.au for more information.

CIC Seminar March 2018

Date: March 14, 2018

Time: 9am - 10am

Location: B211:230

CIC Seminar March 2018

Recent Splitting Schemes for the Incompressible Navier-Stokes Equations

Professor Peter Minev

Abstract:
Two different approaches to the time discretization of the incompressible Navier-Stokes equation will be discussed in this talk. The first approach relies on a particular perturbation of the continuity equation and results in a technique for incompressible flow that requires the solution of one dimensional problems only. These problems can be solved with a tridiagonal direct solver on a massive parallel cluster with a Schur complement technique. The accuracy of this class of schemes is fully comparable to the accuracy of the classical projection methods for incompressible flow.
In the second approach the artificial compressibility method for approximation of the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations is generalized. It allows for the construction of schemes of any order in time that require the solution of a fixed number of vectorial parabolic problems, depending only on the desired order of the scheme. This approach has several advantages in comparison to the traditional projection schemes widely used for the unsteady Navier-Stokes equations. The accuracy and stability of the resulting schemes will be demonstrated on examples with manufactured solutions.

Bio:
Peter Minev received his PhD degree in applied mathematics from the University of Sofia in 1991. Since 2004 he has been a full professor in applied mathematics at the University of Alberta, Canada.
He has authored or co-authored more than seventy papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings and is the advisor of twenty six graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. His general areas of interest include numerical analysis of PDEs, computational fluid dynamics and MHD, fluid mechanics and multiscale methods. Peter is a member of the Advisory Board of International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, and a member of the Editorial Board of International Journal for Numerical Analysis and Modelling.

When: 14 March 2018, 9am
Where: B211:230, Curtin University
RSVP: Registration will be via Eventbrite