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Whether you're simulating the electronic structure of a carbon nanotube or the strain within an automobile part, the calculations usually boil down to a simple matrix equation, Ax = f. The faster you can fill the matrix A with the coefficients for your partial differential equation (PDE), and the faster you can solve for the vector x given a forcing function f, the faster you have your overall solution. Things get interesting when the matrix A is too large to fit in the memory available on one machine, or when the coefficients in A cause the matrix to be ill-conditioned.

Many different algorithms have been developed to map a PDE onto a matrix, to pre-condition the matrix to a better form, and to solve the matrix with blinding speed. Different algorithms usually exploit some property of the matrix, such as symmetry, to reduce either memory requirements or solution speed or both.

Learn more about algorithms from the many resources on this site, listed below.

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  1. 2004 Computational Materials Science Summer School

    29 Aug 2005

    This short course will explore a range of computational approaches relevant for nanotechnology.

  2. How to ensure that the stiffness matrix is square?

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    Every time I run the solver, it stops giving an error that the stiffness matrix is not square (though it is symmetric). What should I do to ensure that the stiffness matrix is square so as to...


  3. A Distributed Algorithm for Computing a Common Fixed Point of a Family of Paracontractions

    21 Jun 2017 | | Contributor(s):: A. Stephen Morse

    In this talk a distributed algorithm is described for finding a common fixed point of a family of m paracontractions assuming that such a common fixed point exists. The common fixed point is simultaneously computed by m agents assuming each agent knows only paracontraction, the current estimates...

  4. A Primer on Semiconductor Device Simulation

    23 Jan 2006 | | Contributor(s):: Mark Lundstrom

    Computer simulation is now an essential tool for the research and development of semiconductor processes and devices, but to use a simulation tool intelligently, one must know what's "under the hood." This talk is a tutorial introduction designed for someone using semiconductor device simulation...

  5. A Scalable Algorithm for Inverse Medium Problems with Multiple Sources

    02 Feb 2016 | | Contributor(s):: Keith Kelly

    We consider the problem of acoustic scattering as described by the free-space, time-harmonic scalar wave equation given by   (0.1)   along with radiation boundary conditions. Here, is a point in , is the source term, and is the wavenumber. Our formulation is based on potential theory....

  6. An Introduction to Quantum Computing

    12 Sep 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Edward Gerjuoy

    Quantum mechanics, as formulated more than 80 years ago by Schrodinger, Heisenberg, Dirac and other greats, is a wholly sufficient foundation for its modern interrelated subfields of quantum computation (qc) and quantum information (qi), which generally are lumped together into a single subfield...

  7. Autonomic Adaptation of Virtual Distributed Environments in a Multi-Domain Infrastructure

    11 Jul 2006 | | Contributor(s):: Ryan Riley, Dongyan Xu

    By federating resources from multiple domains, a shared infrastructure provides aggregated computation resources to a large number of users. With rapid advances in virtualization technologies, we propose the concept of virtual distributed environments as a new sharing paradigm for a multi-domain...

  8. Bandstructure in Nanoelectronics

    01 Nov 2005 | | Contributor(s):: Gerhard Klimeck

    This presentation will highlight, for nanoelectronic device examples, how the effective mass approximation breaks down and why the quantum mechanical nature of the atomically resolved material needs to be included in the device modeling. Atomistic bandstructure effects in resonant tunneling...

  9. BNC Annual Research Review: An Introduction to PRISM and MEMS Simulation

    04 Jun 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Jayathi Murthy

    This presentation is part of a collection of presentations describing the projects, people, and capabilities enhanced by research performed in the Birck Center, and a look at plans for the upcoming year.

  10. Calculating Resonances Using a Complex Absorbing Potential

    13 Mar 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Robin Santra

    The Siegert (or Gamow) wave function associated with a resonance state is exponentially divergent at large distances from the scattering target. A complex absorbing potential (CAP) provides a computationally simple and efficient technique for calculating the complex Siegert energy of a resonance...

  11. Challenges and Strategies for High End Computing

    20 Dec 2007 | | Contributor(s):: Katherine A. Yelick

    This presentation was one of 13 presentations in the one-day forum, "Excellence in Computer Simulation," which brought together a broad set of experts to reflect on the future of computational science and engineering.

  12. Computational Mathematics: Role, Impact, Challenges

    20 Dec 2007 | | Contributor(s):: Juan C. Meza

    This presentation was one of 13 presentations in the one-day forum, "Excellence in Computer Simulation," which brought together a broad set of experts to reflect on the future of computational science and engineering.

  13. Computational Methods for NEMS

    16 Jun 2004 | | Contributor(s):: Narayan Aluru

    Computational Methods for NEMS

  14. Computing Research Institute Seminars

    04 Jan 2007 |

    CRI sponsors a regular seminar series that features local, national and international speakers who are recognized in their fields. CRI seminars cover topics in computational science, computational life science, computer systems technology, and nano-computation.

  15. Computing the Horribleness of Soft Condensed Matter

    19 Oct 2007 | | Contributor(s):: Eric Jakobsson

    A great triumph of computer simulations 40 years ago was to make the liquid state of matter understandable in terms of physical interactions between individual molecules. Prior to the first simulations of liquid argon and liquid water in the 1960's, there was no quantitatively rigorous molecular...

  16. Data-adaptive Filtering and the State of the Art in Image Processing

    15 Apr 2013 | | Contributor(s):: Peyman Milanfar

    In this talk, I will present a practical and unified framework for understanding some common underpinnings of these methods. This leads to new insights and a broad understanding of how these diverse methods interrelate. I will also discuss the statistical performance of the resulting algorithms,...

  17. Data-Centric Models for Multilevel Algorithms

    07 Feb 2016 | | Contributor(s):: Samuel Guiterrez

    Today, computational scientists must contend with a diverse set of supercomputer architectures that are capable of exposing unprecedented levels of parallelism and complexity. Effectively placing, moving, and operating on data residing in complex distributed memory hierarchies is quickly...

  18. Device Physics and Simulation of Silicon Nanowire Transistors

    20 May 2006 |

    As the conventional silicon metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET) approaches its scaling limits, many novel device structures are being extensively explored. Among them, the silicon nanowire transistor (SNWT) has attracted broad attention from both the semiconductor industry...

  19. ECE 595 Course Policy - Spring 2013

    03 Jan 2013 | | Contributor(s):: Peter Bermel

    A description of the key policies that will govern the administration of ECE 595 on "Numerical Methods" in Spring 2013.

  20. ECE 595E Lecture 35: MEEP Tutorial I

    12 Apr 2013 | | Contributor(s):: Peter Bermel

    Outline:MEEP InterfacesMEEP ClassesTutorial examples:WaveguideBent waveguide