NA Digest Sunday, April 8, 2007 Volume 07 : Issue 15

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From: Dietrich Braess <>
Date: Thu, 05 Apr 2007 09:10:16 +0200
Subject: Service for the book 'Finite Elements'

Service for the book 'Finite Elements: Theory, fast solvers and
applications in solid mechanics'

We like to inform that lists of mistakes (e.g., misplaced indices) and
updates / extensions are available on the web
There is also a description: 'WWhat is new in the 2007 edition?'
that contains more than the key words: new a posteriori estimates,
locking, and role of problem sections.


From: Bencteux <>
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2007 03:43:59 -0400
Subject: Summer school "Multiscale Methods in Materials", France, Jul 2007

A CEA/EDF/INRIA summer school on

"Multiscale Methods in Materials",

will take place in St Lambert, France (40 km from Paris),
Jun 25 - Juil 6, 2007.

Main lecturers :
* P. Le Tallec (Ecole Polytechnique, France) :
Numerical methods for continuum mechanics.

* E. Tadmor (Univ Minnesota, USA) :
Multiscale Modeling of Materials using the Quasicontinuum Method.

* A. Voter (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA) :
Molecular dynamics simulations of material systems : understanding infrequent
events and extending the time scale.

In addition to the lectures, numerous hands-on sessions will give to the
participants experience on the subject.

Registration instructions and detailed description of the courses can be found
at :


From: John Butcher <>
Date: Wed, 4 Apr 2007 09:47:35 +1200 (NZST)
Subject: Linear Methods & Differential Eqns Workshop, GLADE, July 2008

This is an invitation to take part in the GLADE 2008 meeting in Auckland,
New Zealand, during July 2008. The subject will be "differential
equations" with a special emphasis on "General Linear" methods (that is
multi-stage multi-value methods). The acronym GLADE 2008 is explained
as follows:

Linear methods: conference and workshop,
Auckland, New Zealand, on
2008 July 14-18.

The meeting will consist of two halves: a conference: 14-18 July 2008
and an informal workshop: 21-25 July 2008. The conference will be
self-contained and participation in just the first week is possible
for anyone who does not wish to take part in the workshop.

Further details are available at

Although registration is not available at this stage, intending or
possible participants are encouraged to fill the Indication of Interest
form available on the glade website. A number of people have already
indicated their interest and these are shown in a list of potential
participants. This list will be updated regularly as more people signify
their interest.

John Butcher, Robert Chan, Allison Heard, Helmut Podhaisky


From: Chuck Gartland <>
Date: Wed, 4 Apr 2007 18:19:26 -0400
Subject: Workshop on Ferroelectric Phenomena in Liquid Crystals, June 2007

Interdisciplinary Workshop on Ferroelectric Phenomena in Liquid Crystals
Kent State University, June 19-28, 2007

Sponsored by the NSF Focused Research Group on
"Ferroelectric phenomena in soft-matter systems"

Organized by the Liquid Crystal Institute and the Department
of Mathematical Sciences at Kent State University

This Workshop is organized around three themes: fluid fibers
of bent-core materials, liquid-crystal elastomers, and
defects in ordered fluids. The objectives of the Workshop
comprise both education and research. The goal of the
educational component is to expose graduate students (from
both the physical and the mathematical sciences) to several
aspects of liquid crystals related to the three workshop
themes. Some coverage will be given to physics background
(including lab experiences), mathematical models and their
analyses, and numerical methods. The main research
objective is to foster a lively exchange between the
participating physicists and the mathematicians on the
concerned topics.

The 10-day Workshop will include 8 tutorial lectures and 15
research talks (both balanced between physics and
mathematics), plus 8 different laboratory experiences. In
addition there will be a day for student presentations and a
concluding roundtable discussion.

Funding and space are available for a small number of
graduate students.

More information is available at


From: Piotr Luszczek <>
Date: Sat, 07 Apr 2007 15:52:53 -0400
Subject: Deadline Extension for MHSN2007, Aug 2007

Submission Deadline Extended

International Workshop on Multicore and Hybrid Systems for
Numerically Intensive Computations (MHSN2007)

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Tuesday, August 28 - Saturday, September 1, 2007

With the Fifth International Symposium on Parallel and
Distributed Processing and Applications (ISPA-2007).

Due to email requests, the deadline for submissions of papers to
MHSN2007 was being extended to April 17, 2007. Please submit your
paper at your earliest convenience to facilitate the paper review

Important Dates:

Submission Deadline: April 17, 2007
Notification: May 17, 2007
Final Copy Due: June 10, 2007

On behalf of program committee,

Piotr Luszczek


From: "Michael N. Vrahatis" <>
Date: Tue, 03 Apr 2007 20:20:34 +0300
Subject: Extended Deadline, NumAn 2007 Conference, Sep 2007

Conference in Numerical Analysis 2007 (NumAn 2007)
Recent Approaches to Numerical Analysis:
Theory, Methods and Applications
September 3-7, 2007 -- Kalamata Greece
April 20, 2007

Due to numerous requests, the deadline for submissions of abstracts to
NumAn 2007 is being extended to 20 April 2007, but please submit your
abstract as soon as possible to help us minimize delays of the paper
review process.

Important Dates:

Submission of abstracts: April 20, 2007
Notification of acceptance: May 20, 2007
Full versions of the accepted presentations to be included in the
Proceedings of the Conference: June 20, 2007

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Kalamata this September!

NumAn 2007 Organizing Committee


From: "Bhanu Prasad" <>
Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2007 11:56:18 -0400
Subject: Deadline is extended, IICAI-07, Dec 2007

Paper submission deadline is extended to April 9 2007

The 3rd Indian International Conference on Artificial Intelligence
(IICAI-07) (website: ) will be held in
Pune, INDIA during December 17-19 2007. IICAI-07 is one of the major
AI events in the world. This conference focuses on all areas of AI and
related fields. We invite paper submissions. Please visit on the
conference website for more details.

Bhanu Prasad
IICAI-07 Chair
Department of Computer and Information Sciences
Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL 32307, USA


From: Ulrich Rude <>
Date: Thu, 05 Apr 2007 10:09:20 +0200
Subject: 2nd Call for Papers: SISC Special Issue on CS&E

2nd call for papers for the

SIAM J. Scientific Computing

Special Issue on Computational Science & Engineering

Guest Editors-in-Chief:
Chris Johnson, University of Utah
David Keyes, Columbia University
Ulrich Ruede, Universitaet Erlangen-Nuernberg

Deadline for the submission of papers: April 30, 2007

Manuscripts and a cover letter should be submitted via SISC's online
submission system, see

Additional information:

Ulrich Ruede


From: Tugrul Dayar <>
Date: Wed, 04 Apr 2007 09:26:11 +0300
Subject: Call for papers, SMCtools 2007

Call for papers, SMCtools 2007

International Workshop on Tools for Solving Structured Markov Chains
(Nantes, France / October 26, 2007)

Submission Deadline 10 May 2007
Notification of Acceptance 20 June 2007
Final Version 20 July 2007

Performance evaluation methodologies based on structured Markov chains
have taken a more prominent role over the last two decades. During this
time, due to the strong exploitation of the involved structures, the
techniques used to assess the performance measures of interest have
advanced significantly in terms of their efficiency, while becoming more
complex at the same time. This increased complexity often acts as an
opposing force to a more widespread use of these advanced methodologies.
Making these novel techniques more accessible via a set of software tools
is therefore essential to further promote their integration in the system

This workshop solicits papers on software tools for solving structured
Markov chains (MCs).
Please see for detailed information.


From: Prof Daoud S Daoud <>
Date: Wed, 4 Apr 2007 21:43:55 -0400
Subject: CFP-IJCS journal-Additive and Multiplicative Operator Splitting

Call For Papers
International Journal of Computational Science (IJCS)

Special Issue: Additive and Multiplicative Operator Splitting

Guest Editor: Prof. Daoud S Daoud


Several time stepping methods have been introduced to approximate the
two or three dimensional parabolic equations (linear or non linear) by
the finite difference method, finite element or other approximation
methods. These time stepping methods treat the space variables
individually such as Alternating Direction Implicit method. The
concepts have been developed to present the fundamentals of the
Locally One Dimensional (LOD) or Fractional Splitting (FS) methods.

The classical FS methods reduce and simplify the computing of multi
dimensional problem into fractional time steps according to each
spatial variable. So far, the studies have been motivated on improving
the accuracy and modifying the algorithm for better performance to
solve Multi Dimensional Time Dependent problems and to provide
parallelism for the solution with respect to each spatial variable
called Multiplicative Operator Splitting Method.

The most recent the trend in this area is to set up the Splitting
algorithm in order to incorporate with the current development in the
Parallel Computation, this class of splitting is named as Additive
Operator Splitting Methods. This trend has received great attention to
simplify the solution of engineering model problems such as, Maxwell’s
equation, Fluid flow, Image Processing etc.

In specific applications the operator splitting increased the range of
stability and in other applications provides unconditional stable
algorithms which enhanced the advantages in addition to the simplicity
of the algorithm for solving multi dimensional problems.

Also, the Operator splitting has also been considered for solving
linear or non linear algebraic linear systems generated from multi
dimensional problems. The algorithms are also designed effectively to
meet with the recent parallel computational approaches.

It is implicit with the subject of the special issue that
contributions should address the combination and application of
different Splitting Algorithms and concepts to solve different
problems of engineering applications. In contrast to standard research
in computational mathematics, also negative results - e.g., a
splitting shows reductions in the stability range, poor performance
for the solution of large sparse linear systems generated from
discretizations methods - are of considerable importance as well.

In summary, with this special issue we aim at high quality articles
from different areas related to Operator Splitting with Engineering
Application justified by Computational Results that give good examples
for carefully designed, well implemented and well- analyzed splitting
algorithms for time dependent problems or solving algebraic linear


Researchers are invited to submit papers that make a significant
contribution to the field and that are ideally be between 10 and 20
pages long to Please use the subject "Operator
Splitting Special Issue Paper Submission". Every paper will be
reviewed by at least two reviewers. Source code and problem instances
should (if relevant) be made available on the Internet. It is
recommended to use the IJCS style files when preparing the submission.


Submission of papers: October 1, 2007
Notification of acceptance: December 15, 2007
Camera-ready papers: January 15, 2008
Publication of the Special Issue: 3rd Quarter of 2008


From: "Jack Dongarra" <>
Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2007 11:56:50 -0400
Subject: Open Position: Software for Numerical Linear Algebra

Open Position: Software for Numerical Linear Algebra Inquiries should be
directed to:

The Innovative Computing Lab (ICL, of the University
of Tennessee is looking for a bright, motivated person to join as a staff
researcher. The applicant would be expected to join existing projects in
computational science, as well as showing initiative in pursuing new
research directions. Current computational science projects in ICL address
the integration of numerical algorithms and state-of-the-art hardware, with
an emphasis on multi-core, distributed computing and performance

The position involves numerical linear algebra (dense, sparse, direct, and
iterative methods), numerical analysis and scientific programming. Proven
experience with C and/or Fortran derivatives (such as C++, Java, Fortran
95), parallel architectures and algorithms as well as performance
optimization is also desired.

Excellent oral and written communication skills are mandatory. A willingness
to participate in a highly diverse, multi-disciplinary environment is also

Degree requirements: (1) Ph.D. in Computer Sciences or related area with
demonstrable background in numerical mathematics, in particular linear
system solving and eigenvalue calculations; or (2) M.S. in Computer Sciences
and 3-5 years relevant research or work experience.

Additional benefits of the position include a competitive salary, travel
opportunities, access to state-of-the-art computational facilities
(including both large scale parallel architectures and high-performance
workstations), and collaborative research opportunities in a very active
research program in advanced scientific computing.

Salary: $40,000 - $60,000/year, depending on experience.
If you have questions, feel free to contact Jack Dongarra,


Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2007 18:23:13 -0400
Subject: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Combinatorial Scientific Computing

Post Doctoral Research Associate
Combinatorial Scientific Computing
CSCAPES Institute at Old Dominion University

We invite applications for a postdoctoral research associate with research
interests in parallel computing, combinatorial algorithms, and/or
scientific computing, to join the CSCAPES Institute funded by the
Department of Energy's Office of Science. This position is at Old Dominion
University (ODU), in Norfolk VA. Employment will be through the Old
Dominion University Research Foundation, a private non-profit corporation.

The CSCAPES (Combinatorial Scientific Computing and Petascale Simulations)
Institute, is led by Alex Pothen from ODU, and includes additional ODU
researchers and researchers from Sandia and Argonne National Laboratories,
Ohio State and Colorado State Universities. The CSCAPES Institute is
funded by the Department of Energy's Scientific Discovery through
Advanced Computing (SciDAC) program. The research involves developing
algorithms for combinatorial problems arising in scientific computing,
such as load-balancing, automatic differentiation, parallel algorithms for
graph coloring and graph matching, and performance enhancement on tera-
and peta-scale computers.

The work at ODU will primarily focus on combinatorial problems in
automatic differentiation, and massively parallel algorithms and software
development for graph matching and coloring. The post-doctoral scientist
will be expected to collaborate with researchers from other institutions
in the CSCAPES project as well as domain scientists and engineers from
other SciDAC projects. More details on the CSCAPES Institute are available
at The position will be offered initially for up to one
year, and is renewable, based on satisfactory performance during the
CSCAPES project. Alumni of the ODU computational sciences research group
are well-placed at the DOE labs, major universities, and industry.

The application deadline is May 1, 2007, with an expected start date in
June/July 2007 (negotiable). To apply, send a resume and request three
confidential letters of references to Old Dominion University Research
Foundation, P.O. Box 6369, Norfolk, VA 23508 or e-mail
Specify job # 07022. AA/EOE

Additional technical information is available from Alex Pothen at pothen


From: Arvid Naess <>
Date: Wed, 4 Apr 2007 03:03:58 -0400
Subject: Unique Research Opportunities at NTNU, Trondheim, Norway

Unique Research Opportunities related to Ships and Ocean Structures – for
PhD or Postdoctoral Fellows, Visiting Professors and Researchers

Relevant educational background and work experience for candidates will be
naval architecture, offshore technology, ocean engineering, fluid dynamics,
coastal engineering, engineering or numerical mathematics, probability
theory and statistics, reliability, or combinations of such disciplines.

Centre for Ships and Ocean Structures (CeSOS) is an international research
centre at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU),
designated as a Centre of Excellence by the Research Council of Norway. The
aim of CeSOS is to develop fundamental knowledge for the design and
operation of future ships, offshore structures, floating bridges and
airports, installations for aquaculture and production of renewable energy
from the oceans by integrating theoretical and experimental research in
marine hydrodynamics, structural mechanics and automatic control. Structures
for operations in an ocean environment with ice are of concern.
The annual budget is about USD 5 millions. More than 80 researchers are
affiliated with the Centre and the annual research effort is about 50
researcher years. Revenues include a significant contribution from The
Research Council of Norway, and contributions from the following companies
and organizations based in Norway: NTNU, Det Norske Veritas, MARINTEK, Norsk
Hydro, Statoil, and SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture. CeSOS operates in
close cooperation with the marine technology community at NTNU, MARINTEK,
SINTEF Fisheries & Aquaculture, INSEAN (Rome), CSSRC (Wuxi/Shanghai), a
group of MIT professors and other international leading universities and
research institutes. See the website for further information.
CeSOS would like to invite applications for:
• CoE1/07: Visiting professor or researcher positions – with a
duration of 2 months or more (up to one year)
• CoE2/07: Postdoctor or researcher positions – with a duration of 1
to 2 years (up to 10 positions)
• CoE3/07: PhD fellowships – with a duration of 3 years (up to 8

The research will be directed towards development of theoretical and
experimental methods within modelling and analysis of marine structures. The
work could also be coupled to model tests and full scale experiences. The
research will usually involve hydrodynamics as well as structural mechanics,
and could also include methods for probabilistic analysis, reliability
analysis or automatic control.
The projects are organized according to the main discipline of the relevant
research. More information about possible projects may be found in the CeSOS
webpage: under “Positions”.
The applicant should indicate her/his areas of interest in terms of research
projects, among those given in the website (by a letter and a number) or
related items that are of interest, and how they link to previous studies
and research work.

The fellowship period for doctoral studies will be 3 years. The annual gross
salary for doctoral students will normally be NOK 310 500, but could in
special cases be higher based upon qualifications and will be increased
according to normal salary policy.
Post doctors and researchers will normally be engaged for a one or two years
period, with a possibility of extension contingent upon the results achieved
in the period. The gross salary for postdoctors will normally be NOK 389 400
to NOK 433 400, while researchers’ salary would normally be slightly higher.
Salary will be increased according to normal salary policy. Personal taxes
and a contribution to a pension fund, amounting to about 30-35 %, will be
deducted from the gross salary.
Visiting professors will normally get a support of NOK 43 500 for the first
month and NOK 22 500 for additional months, to cover accommodation and other
expenses to stay at CeSOS. Additional support is negotiable. Unless it is
not documented that the support is spent for the intended purpose, tax might
also have to be deducted from the allowance.
Applications for doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships as well as researcher
positions should include authorized documentation of previous education,
study record, e.g. with list of subjects and grades obtained, work
experiences as well as possible achievements in research, and should be sent
Centre for Ships and Ocean Structures, NTNU
Marine Technology Centre
NO-7491 Trondheim

(You may send email with all the necessary documents attached as scanned
documents. Before possibly signing a contract with you, we would need
authorized documents by air mail)
Mark your application: CoE1/07, CoE2/07 or CoE3/07 and indicate your
research interest among the topics given by a letter and number in the CeSOS

Apply as soon as possible and at the latest (stamping of the mail): April
15, 2007
Further information may be obtained from:
The homepage of the centre:

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