SIAM Short Course on the Portable, Extensible Toolkit for Scientific computation (PETSc)
Sunday, March 21, 1999
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Satish Balay, William Gropp, Lois Curfman McInnes, and Barry Smith, Mathematics and Computer Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory
The development of application codes to simulate physical phenomena is complex, time-consuming, and requires specialized expertise. Developing parallel codes from scratch is often beyond the resources of any individual or small team. The PETSc toolkit provides a rich set of data structures and algorithms to ease the development of scalable PDE-based simulation codes. PETSc provides, not only a variety of parallel linear and nonlinear algebraic solvers, but, also much of the software infrastructure to manage the grid data structures without requiring one to program explicitly in MPI.
This course introduces and motivates the organization and use of PETSc for the parallel solution of PDEs.
Attendees will be able to write parallel codes using PETSc.
Scientists, engineers, and mathematicians who are interested in the large-scale solution of PDEs.
The attendee should have experience in programming in Fortran, C, or C++ and knowledge and experience in the numerical solution of PDEs. Experience with MPI or parallel computing is desirable but not necessary.
Satish Balay received his Masters in Computer Science from Old Dominion University in 1995.
William Gropp received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1982.
Lois Curfman McInnes received her Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Virginia in 1993.
Barry Smith received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from New York University in 1990.
All four have extensive experience in parallel programming for numerical computations. PETSc was begun in 1991 by Gropp and Smith, version 2.0 has been continuously supported since June 1995 and has been used in a variety of parallel application codes.
The PETSc software package is freely available from http://www.mcs.anl.gov/petsc.
10:30-12:30 Field and grid data management
4:00-5:30 Putting it all together
5:30 Short course adjourns
The short course on PETSc will take place in Executive Salon 1 on the third floor. Coffee breaks will be in Lobby, third floor and lunch will be in the Rose Garden Room.
Seats are limited. We urge short course participants to register in advance. To register, please complete the Preregistration Form online and send it with your payment to reach SIAM office on or before March 3, 1999.
Registration fee for the short course includes: course notes, final program and abstracts, coffee breaks, and lunch on Sunday, March 21.