Autumn School in Core Algorithms for High Performance Scientific Computing

28/09/2009 - 15:00 - 02/10/2009 - 15:00

There will be a residential autumn school on “Core Algorithms for High Performance Scientific Computing” in Warwick from 28 September-2 October 2009 which MPAGS students can attend free of charge.

Registration for this module (CY902N) must be made using the Hector page , as they pay the fees. MPAGS will reimburse the costs of accommodation and travel.

Completion of CY902N will count as equivalent to 2 MPAGS modules.

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Many scientific calculations can be cast as problems in computational linear algebra and optimisation. Powerful algorithms for such problems form a common core of most scientific software. This school will develop a solid grounding in the mathematics of these algorithms; discuss the efficient implementation in a range of standard libraries and demonstrate effective use in real, high-performance scientific applications. This school is ideal for beginning PhD students or Postdocs in all scientific disciplines moving onto projects requiring substantial computational resources.


* Core algorithms underlying most of numerical computation.
* Libraries - BLAS, LAPACK, SCALAPACK, ARPACK, and more.
* Methods for dense and sparse matrices; preconditioners.
* Krylov methods such as Lanzos, Arnoldi, and GMRES.
* Cache performance and optimization.
* Fast Fourier Transforms.
* Error analysis.

Case Studies

* Computational fluid dynamics
* Molecular dynamics
* Atomic/electronic structure optimisation