Computing Research Institute

List of HPC projects at Purdue

We briefly describe the High Performance Computing projects at Purdue University. The projects are grouped into one of five categories listed below; for each project, we provide an abstract, list the researchers involved, and include a web page for additional details. A multi-disciplinary project could be listed in more than one category.

Aeronautics and Astronautics

Aeronautics and Astronautics

Quiet Supersonic Jet Engine Analysis
Quiet Supersonic Jet Engine Analysis

Computational aerodynamic and aeroacoustic analysis of a quiet supersonic business jet, focussing on the inlet and nozzle aerodynamics, and acoustics of the fan and nozzle.

Researcher: A.Lyrintzis and G. Blaisdell
Web site: http://cobweb.ecn.purdue.edu/~lyrintzi/
High-Speed CFD
High-Speed CFD

Computational predictions of turbulent heat transfers in high speed boundary layer flows.

Researcher: G. Blaisdell and A. Lyrintzis
Web site: http://cobweb.ecn.purdue.edu/~blaisdel/
Large Eddy Simulation of Jet Noise
Large Eddy Simulation of Jet Noise

 

Researcher: P.-T. Lew, S. C. Lo, G. A. Blaisdell, and A. S. Lyrintzis
Web site: http://cobweb.ecn.purdue.edu/~blaisdel/CRI_0607/CRI_0607.htm
High Altitude Plumes
High Altitude Plumes

High-altitude plume-atmosphere interactions produces complex three-dimensional chemically reacting flows.

Researcher: Alina Alexeenko
Web site: http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~alexeenk/
Computational Multi-Physics
Computational Multi-Physics

The group led by Prof. Merkle is involved in Multi-scale and Multi-physics Computational fluid dynamics (CFD). The group is working on several projects. Please visit our website for detailed information. The figure shows the air flow around the blades of a jet engine fan.

Researcher: Charles L. Merkle, Ding Li, Guoping Xia et.al
Web site: http://tspcpc110.ecn.purdue.edu/
Distributed Capillary Fluids Modeling
Distributed Capillary Fluids Modeling

Our groups research focus is in low gravity and MEMS 3-D real-world capillary fluids problems. We use the freely available powerful "Surface Evolver" code for the computational simulations.

Researcher: S. H. Collicott
Web site: http://www.ufluids.net/
Spacecraft Mission Design and Analysis
Spacecraft Mission Design and Analysis

The spacecraft mission design and analysis research with very large data sets and manifold structures includes 1. optimal design and analysis of spacecraft missions including trajectory design, 2) missions involving spcae-based interferometry: including searches for exosolar planets, and 3) identification of black holes, and spectral characterization of distant stars.

Researcher: K.C. Howell
Web site: https://engineering.purdue.edu/people/kathleen.howell.1/

Bioinfomatics and Computational Biology

Bioinfomatics and Computational Biology

Bioinformatics Infrastructure for Proteomics Analyses
Bioinformatics Infrastructure for Proteomics Analyses

Our research focuses on - Protein function beyond BLAST search, Protein 3D structure prediction, fast protein 3D structure search and protein-protein docking.

Researcher: Daisuke Kihara
Web site: http://dragon.bio.purdue.edu
Analysis of Pharmaceutical Coating Process
Analysis of Pharmaceutical Coating Process

 

Researcher: Carl Wassgren
Web site: http://www.purdue.edu/dp/cam
Pharmaceutical Informatics
Pharmaceutical Informatics

The pharmaceutical informatics research thrust area in our group aims to establish new mathematical, informatics and computational foundations to broaden the technological base for harvesting the fruits of genomics. For more information read this essay on pharmaceutical informatics - http://meweb.ecn.purdue.edu/~kim55/Pharma-essay.shtml

Researcher: Sangtae Kim and Venkat Venkatasubramanian
Web site: http://www.ipph.purdue.edu/faculty/?uid=venkatp
Novel Methods for Computer-Aided Drug Discovery
Novel Methods for Computer-Aided Drug Discovery

Our research aim is to develop novel computational concepts to identify feasible binding modes of protein-bound molecules and to compute their binding affinity. Our ongoing concept development is focused on the aspects of protein flexibility, solvation, and entropy.

Researcher: Markus A. Lill
Web site: http://people.pharmacy.purdue.edu/~mlill/
Computational Methods for Biomolecular Simulation
Computational Methods for Biomolecular Simulation

Fastest N-body solvers, long-time integrators, absolute free energy differences, transition pathways

Researcher: Robert D. Skeel
Web site: http://bionum.cs.purdue.edu/
Electron Cryo-Microscopy & 3-D Reconstruction
Electron Cryo-Microscopy & 3-D Reconstruction

The research focuses on the development of cryo-EM technique to push for near atomic resolution and high throughput single particle 3-D reconstructions and to eventually transform this technique into a routine tool for functional studies of biological systems.To achieve these goals, our research involves development of new image processing algorithms, high performance computing, data collection automation and reliable sample preparation.

Researcher: Wen Jiang
Web site: http://jiang.bio.purdue.edu

Climate, Environment and Agriculture

Climate, Environment and Agriculture

Extreme hot events in the 21st century
Extreme hot events in the 21st century

Changes in extreme hot events in the 21st century show an increase of of 100 to 560% in occurrence of the hottest temperatures.

Researcher: Noah Diffenbaugh
Web site: http://www.purdue.edu/eas/people/faculty/diffenbaugh.html
What is Hestia?
What is Hestia?

High resolution, coupled models for global quantification of carbon dioxide emissions.

Researcher: Kevin Gurney
Web site: http://www.purdue.edu/eas/carbon/hestia.html
Ecosystems and Biogeochemical Dynamics
Ecosystems and Biogeochemical Dynamics

The Ecosystems and Biogeochemical Dynamics group is studying the interactions among atmosphere, biosphere, and human dimension in the context of climate change, chemical element cycles, and policy-making. To study these interactions, the data of biosphere and atmosphere obtained from field and in-situ measurements and satellite observations are fused with the numerical models of the ecosystems and biogeochemistry and the atmosphere.

Researcher: Qianlai Zhuang
Web site: http://www.purdue.edu/eas/ebdl/
Ecological Acoustics Research (EAR) - A new science of sound
Ecological Acoustics Research (EAR) - A new science of sound

 

Researcher: Bryan C. Pijanowski
Web site: http://www.human-environment.org
Seismic Migration Imaging
Seismic Migration Imaging

Seismic receiver function array imaging of the subduction zone in the Pacific Northwest beneath Oregon. Figure shows the ray migration imaging using a single teleseismic event.

Researcher: Robert Nowack
Web site: http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~nowack/
Mass Transfer Processes in Contaminated Heterogeneous Soils
Mass Transfer Processes in Contaminated Heterogeneous Soils

The goal of this project is to develop suitable tools to help understand mass transfer processes during air advective air flux, in order to aid in the design and operation of remediation systems that involve advective air flux such air sparging and Soil vapor Extraction (AS/SVE).

Researcher: Rabi H. Mohtar
Web site: http://cobweb.ecn.purdue.edu/~mohtar/

Computational Science and Computer Science

Computational Science and Computer Science

Combinatorial Scientific Computing and Petascale Simulations (CSCAPES)
Combinatorial Scientific Computing and Petascale Simulations (CSCAPES)

The focus areas for CSCAPES are load balancing in parallel computation, automatic differentiation, advanced methods for sparse matrix computations, and runtime data and iteration reordering to improve performance in irregular computation.. This will accelerate the development and deployment of fundamental enabling technologies in high performance computing, by creating algorithms and software tools for key combinatorial problems in scientific computing at the petascale.

Researcher: Alex Pothen
Web site: http://www.cscapes.org/
CMS - Physics on a Global Scale
CMS - Physics on a Global Scale

The Compact Muon Solenoid Detector (CMS) of the Large Hadron Collider (under construction at CERN) will enable new physics in the area of high energy physics. The CMS center at Purdue is a tier 2 center providing storage for the large amounts of data that will be generated from these experiments and also provide other services (including computing) to other researchers.

Researcher: Norbert Neumeister
Web site: http://neumeist.web.cern.ch/neumeist/
SPIKE: A parallel banded linear solver
SPIKE: A parallel banded linear solver

SPIKE is a robust hybrid parallel banded linear system solver that can be used as a direct solver or pre-conditioner for outer iterative scheme. The banded system could be dense or sparse. We have seen performance better than Scalapack package in different architectures.

Researcher: Ahmed Sameh, Eric Polizzi, Mohamed Sayeed, Faisal Saied
Web site: http://www.cs.purdue.edu/people/faculty/sameh/
Auto-tuning Compilers
Auto-tuning Compilers

Over a number of years our research group has been working on auto-tuning compilers with the goal of making programs run optimally on wide array of architectures by optimally searching a huge space of optimization options, dynamically plug-in new code while ensuring the evolving program improves.

Researcher: Rudi Eigenmann, Sam Midkiff
Web site: http://www.ece.purdue.edu/ParaMount/
Exploiting CMP?s Latency-Capacity Tradeoff
Exploiting CMP?s Latency-Capacity Tradeoff

The goals of this project is to exploit chip multi-processor (CMP) cores by exploiting the tradeoff of latency and capacity. With more CMP cores we need both large capacity and fast access from on-chip caches.

Researcher: T. N. Vijaykumar, Zeshan Chishti
Web site: http://www.ece.purdue.edu/~vijay
HPC Architecture/Interconnection Network
HPC Architecture/Interconnection Network

Our research group looks at addressing computation and communication issues in modern HPC architectures and interconnection networks.

Researcher: Mithuna Thottethodi
Web site: http://cobweb.ecn.purdue.edu/~mithuna/
Harnessing Unused Disk Space
Harnessing Unused Disk Space

USFS is a peer-to-peer (p2p) enhancement for the widely-used Network File System (NFS). USFS harvests redundant storage space on cluster nodes and user desktops to provide a reliable, shared file system that acts as a large storage with normal NFS semantics

Researcher: Y. Charlie Hu
Web site: http://www.ece.purdue.edu/~ychu/usfs
Why Put Up with Failures on the Grid?
Why Put Up with Failures on the Grid?

We are looking at reliability issues on grid. Our solution to these issues uses techniques such as predicting failure (using Semi-Markov model and Neural network), making scheduling decisions, perform runtime monitoring and Incremental failure prediction, migrate processes from failure-prone hosts using checkpoints

Researcher: Rudi Eigenmann, Saurabh Bagchi, Hugh Hillhouse
Web site: http://www.ece.purdue.edu/~dcsl/Projects/grid_reliability

Nano Science, Material Science and Engineering

Nano Science, Material Science and Engineering

Prediction of Reliability, Integrity and Survivability of Microsystems (PRISM)
PRISM

The objective of the PRISM project is to significantly accelerate the integration of MEMS technologies into stockpile monitoring and weapons systems through the use of predictive, validated science and petascale computing. We seek to understand, control, and improve the long-term reliability and survivability of MEMS by using multiscale multiphysics simulation, from atoms to micro-devices, to address fundamental failure mechanisms. The central focus is on a single class of contacting radio-frequency (RF) metal-dielectric capacitative MEMS switches that will impact development of civilian and military MEMS devices of the future.
Web site: http://www.purdue.edu/discoverypark/prism/about.shtml

Multi-Scale Materials Modeling
Multi-Scale Materials Modeling

Our research group uses multi-scale modeling to predict behavior of materials from first principles and understand the fundamental mechanisms that govern materials behavior.

Researcher: Alejandro Strachan
Web site: https://engineering.purdue.edu/MSE/People/ptProfile?id=33239
3-D Nanoelectronic Modeling
3-D Nanoelectronic Modeling

The nanoelectronic modeling of multi-million atom electronic structure calculations using state of the art NEMO 3-D application is carried out in our group. It can calculate eigenstates in (almost) arbitrarily shaped semiconductor structures in the typical column IV and III-V materials. For more details please visit our website.

Researcher: Gerhard klimeck
Web site: http://cobweb.ecn.purdue.edu/~gekco/nemo3D/
Center for Materials under Extreme Environment (CMUXE)
Center for Materials under Extreme Environment (CMUXE)

The center combines both advanced integrated computational tools, and state-of-the art experimental devices. The computational tools are multipurpose multidimensional computational tools that integrate various fields of science and engineering such as heat transfer, thermal hydraulics, magneto-hydrodynamics, atomic and plasma physics, photon transport, and material erosion lifetime. On the experimental side, initially three primary components and devices will make up the verification tools. One is a high-intense charged-particle/material interaction experiments with unique in-situ metrology for mixed materials surface physics studies. The second is high-intensity lasers for intense power deposition simulation experiments and the third, a high-power Z-pinch plasma source for plasma-material interaction and modifications studies to create super materials and alloys for various applications including energy, biomedical, nanotechnology, advanced lithography, directed energy and national security, and nuclear and high energy physics.

Researcher: Ahmed Hassanein
Web site: https://engineering.purdue.edu/NE/People/ptProfile?id=34242
Laser Assisted Manufacturing
Laser Assisted Manufacturing

 

Researcher: Yung Shin
Web site: http://www.purdue.edu/dp/cam
Product Life Cycle Management
Product Life Cycle Management

 

Researcher: Craig Miller
Web site: http://www.purdue.edu/dp/cam
Computing Research Institute

The mission of the Computing Research Institute (CRI) is to facilitate multidisciplinary research in high-performance computing (HPC) at Purdue. As of January 2007, CRI has joined the Cyber Center, representing the Center's high-end computing branch.


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