NA Digest Sunday, May 10, 2009 Volume 09 : Issue 19

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From: Osni Marques <>
Date: Thu, 07 May 2009 11:03:27 -0400
Subject: DOE ASCR Applied Math / CS Funding Opportunity

The Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) of the
Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), hereby invites
applications for applied mathematics - computer science research
institutes. For the purposes of this announcement, a research institute
is a unified management structure to address key challenges where
collaborative research in applied mathematics and computer science
efforts are required to bridge the gap between large complex scientific
applications software and next-generation hardware.

For more information, please see (universities) (labs)


From: Omar Ghattas <>
Date: Sat, 9 May 2009 14:40:52 -0400
Subject: Webcast: ICES/TACC Distinguished Lecture on Petascale Simulation

The following webcast should be of interest to many NA Digest readers:

Distinguished Lecture Series on Petascale Simulation
Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES)
Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC)
The University of Texas at Austin

Title: Cyberinfrastructure and Computational Science for Research and Education
Speaker: Dr. Edward Seidel, U.S. National Science Foundation
Date: Friday, May 15, 2009
Time: 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time (UTC -5 hours)
Live Webcast:

Note: viewing the webcast requires installing a browser plug-in, which shouldn't take more than a
minute to do. Please see the website above for instructions. Webcasts of previous lectures in this series
are archived on the website.


From: Bill Henshaw <>
Date: Mon, 04 May 2009 10:05:16 -0700
Subject: Release of Overture v23, software for overlapping grids

Announcing the release of Overture version 23. Overture is a C++ framework for
the solution of partial differential equations on composite overlapping grids.
Main features:

- provides a high level C++ interface for rapid prototyping of PDE solvers.
- built upon optimized C and fortran kernels.
- provides a library of finite-difference operators: conservative and non-conservative,
2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th order accurate approximations.
- support for moving grids.
- support for block structured adaptive mesh refinement (AMR).
- extensive grid generation capabilities (analytic, algebraic, hyperbolic, elliptic, overlapping).
- CAD fixup tools (for CAD from IGES files).
- interactive graphics and data base support (using HDF5).
- command scripts with embedded perl commands.

Also available are the CG (composite grid) suite of PDE solvers (built using Overture):
- cgad: advection diffusion
- cgcns: compressible Navier-Stokes, reactive Euler equations.
- cgins: incompressible Navier-Stokes with heat transfer.
- cgmx: time domain Maxwell's equations solver.
- cgmp: multi-domain, multi-physics solver (e.g. conjugate heat transfer)

Overture and CG are freely available at

Best regards,
Bill Henshaw.


From: Fuzhen Zhang <>
Date: Thu, 07 May 2009 09:57:58 -0400
Subject: New Book, Linear Algebra: Challenging Problems for Students

Linear Algebra
Challenging Problems for Students
second edition, April 2009
Fuzhen Zhang

The Johns Hopkins University Press

Linear algebra is a prerequisite for students majoring in mathematics and is
required of many undergraduate and first-year graduate students in
statistics, engineering, and related areas. This fully updated and revised
text defines the discipline's main terms, explains its key theorems, and
provides over 425 example problems ranging from the elementary to some that
may baffle even the most seasoned mathematicians. Vital concepts are
highlighted at the beginning of each chapter and a final section contains
hints for solving the problems as well as solutions to each example.

Based on Fuzhen Zhang's experience teaching and researching algebra over the
past two decades, Linear Algebra is the perfect examination study tool.
Students in beginning and seminar-type advanced linear algebra classes and
those seeking to brush up on the topic will find Zhang's plain discussions
of the subject's theories refreshing and the problems diverse, interesting,
and challenging.

The book Linear Algebra: Challenging Problems for Students, 2nd edition, has
been just published and released by the Johns Hopkins University Press
(, 1-800-537-5487). The paperback one (ISBN 9780801891267)
is $25 and the hardcover (ISBN 9780801891250) is $69.95.
Readers receive 20% discount with code NAF when ordering.


From: Martin Gander <>
Date: Sat, 9 May 2009 13:45:51 -0400
Subject: Scientific Computing & Differential Eqns, Geneva, Jun 2009

Conference on Scientific Computing and Differential Equations
Geneva, June 17-20, 2009
celebrating Ernst Hairer's 60th birthday

Keynote speakers:

Assyr Abdulle, Uri Ascher, Michel Crouzeix, Nicola Guglielmi, Martin
Hairer, Des Higham, Marlis Hochbruck, Arieh Iserles, Laurent Jay,
Chus Sanz-Serna, Gustaf Söderlind, Antonella Zanna


Hopf Algebras in the Numerical Analysis of ODEs (P. Chartier, A. Murua)
Discontinuous Differential Equations (A. Bellen)
Innovative Time Integrators for Fluid Flow Problems (O. Knoth, J. Wensch)
Geometric Integration of PDEs (D. Cohen)
Control of Ordinary Differential Equations (M. Chyba, J. Gergaud)
IMEX (IMplicit-EXplicit) Runge-Kutta Schemes (S. Boscarino)
Splitting Methods for Stiff and Nonstiff Problems (S. Descombes, M. Massot)
Parallel methods for solving ODEs (D. Tromeur-Dervout)

There will also be contributed talks (25 minutes + 5 minutes for
questions), and a poster session.

This is a conference without registration fees: please register on the web at

as soon as possible, but no later than May 17th 2009, if you want your
abstract to appear in the book of abstracts. There is a list of hotels
on the web page, please book early, since there is a music festival at
the same time in Geneva, and mention Hairer60 to get the conference rate.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Geneva
Martin Gander, Christian Lubich and Gerhard Wanner


From: Gunar Matthies <>
Date: Wed, 6 May 2009 05:00:48 -0400
Subject: hp-Workshop on Implementation Aspects, Berlin, Jul 2009

Berlin hp-Workshop on Implementation Aspects
Berlin, July 28-30, 2009

- Choice of base functions
- Constrained approximation
- Numerical quadrature
- Solution methods

- Leszek F. Demkowicz (ICES, Austin, Texas, USA)
- Waldemar Rachowicz (ICES, Austin, Texas, USA)
- Joachim Schoeberl (RWTH-Aachen, Aachen, Germany)

A. Schroeder, G. Matthies, C. Carstensen

- May 31, 2009 - Registration for participants wishing to give a talk
(abstract required).
- June 15, 2009 - Registration for participants without talk.
- October 31, 2009 - Submission of workshop proceedings.

The workshop will be held in Berlin-Adlershof.

We kindly ask all participants to register on the workshop web-page

The workshop fee is 100 Euro.

A list of hotels near to the workshop location can be found on the
workshop web-page

If you have any questions or comments, do not hesitate to contact us.


From: "Levent Gurel" <>
Date: Wed, 6 May 2009 01:50:32 +0300
Subject: CEM'09 Computational Electromagnetics Workshop, Turkey, Jul 2009

CEM'09 Computational Electromagnetics Workshop
Izmir, Turkey
July 20-23, 2009

Following the success of CEM'07, Bilkent University Computational
Electromagnetics Research Center (BiLCEM) is organizing the Second
Computational Electromagnetics Workshop on July 20-23, 2009, in Izmir,
Turkey. We sincerely hope that you will be able to join a group of experts
to discuss the recent progress in the area of computational
electromagnetics. Please post and distribute among your colleagues.

Details of the workshop, such as travel, hotel, and social program, are
available at the following web link:
If you have any questions about the workshop, please do not hesitate to

Important Dates
May 18, 2009: Submission of one-page abstracts
May 28, 2009: Notification of acceptance
June 10, 2009: Registration deadline
June 29, 2009: Submission of summaries

CEM'09 Computational Electromagnetics Workshop:


From: Stephen Wright <>
Date: Mon, 4 May 2009 14:44:59 -0400
Subject: Travel Awards for Intl Symposium on Math Programming (ISMP), Aug 2009

Subject to funding of a pending proposal at NSF (which is expected),
we are able to offer support for attendance at ISMP to selected
graduate students, postdoctoral associates, and faculty members who
received their Ph.D. since May 2006. Applicants must be US citizens or
permanent residents and must be at US institutions. Preference will be
given to applicants who are presenting a talk. Residents of the
Chicago metropolitan area are not eligible.

Reimbursements will be provided for accommodation, airfare and other
transportation expenses, and meals after the conference. The total amount
of each claim will be limited to $800.

The successful applicants will be chosen by a committee, taking into
account a desire for diversity of individuals and institutions. Women
and minority candidates are encouraged to apply and to
self-identify. Decisions of the committee are final. Notification of
winners will take place during the week of 5/25/09.

Please go to to download an
application form, and send the completed application to by 5/22/09, together with a current
CV. If you are a student or postdoctoral associate, please ask your
adviser to send an email to this address containing verification of
your status.


From: "Prof. N.S. Scott" <>
Date: Tue, 05 May 2009 18:13:47 +0100
Subject: Professor of High Performance and Distributed Computing

Professor of High Performance and Distributed Computing (HPDC)
Ref: 09/100934
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Further details can be found at

The School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
wishes to appoint a professor to augment, and provide leadership in, its
research and teaching activities in the area of High Performance and
Distributed Computing (HPDC). A lectureship associated with the
development of HPDC will be advertised following the appointment of the

The School, which incorporates the Institute for Electronics,
Communications and Information Technologies (ECIT), has over 60 academic
staff delivering higher level education to undergraduate and
postgraduate students in Electronics, Electrical Engineering and
Computer Science. Its research spans nine research clusters, one of
which is HPDC. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise 60% of its
research was confirmed as internationally excellent and world-leading.

The successful applicant will have an established international
reputation in high performance and/or distributed computing research as
evidenced by a distinguished record of research publications and
sustained record of research grant income. The individual will be able
to demonstrate evidence of high quality lecturing and will have
experience of leading and mentoring postdoctoral researchers and
supervising postgraduate research students. A clear vision on future
research and development plans and how they will benefit the Cluster and
School is essential. Applicants with a research interest in emerging
technologies such as many-core, Cell, GPU, FPGA and cloud computing are
encouraged to apply.

Additional criteria are available in the further particulars for the post.

Informal Enquires may be made to: Dr Peter Milligan Email:, Tel: +44 (0) 2890 975469.

Salary will be internationally competitive in accordance with
appropriate professorial ranges as applied within the University.

Closing date: 4.00 pm, Friday 29th May 2009.
Anticipated interview date: 26th June 2009.


From: Axel Mittendorf <>
Date: Mon, 4 May 2009 13:34:15 -0400
Subject: Three open PhD/postdoc positions at TU Braunschweig

The Institute of Solid Mechanics invites applications for three PhD or
postdoc positions. German language skills are not required.

The first project is in the field of high performance materials. The
task is the finite element simulation of coated drilling equipment to
determine the mechanical and thermal stress during the drilling process.

The second project (Teilprojekt 3) is a part of the project DFG PAK 343
(simulation quasi static / dynamic forming processes for aluminum alloys
and steel). Its goal is the development of new moduls for the realistic and
numerical robust simulation of the processes.

The goal of the third project is the development of an efficient
three-dimensional model for the mathematical description and simulation
of the physiological behaviour of skeletal muscles. The research will
involve experimental, theoretical and computational mechanics.

Please visit our website for details and contact


From: AAMM <>
Date: Mon, 4 May 2009 14:37:06 +0800 (HKT)
Subject: Contents, Advances in Applied Mathematics and Mechanics 2(1):2009

Advances in Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (AAMM)
Issue 2 Volume 1 (2009)

This issue can be freely viewed and downloaded.

Editorial Board.
Adv. Appl. Math. Mech., No. 2, 1 (2009).

D. Valdez-Jasso, H.T. Banks, M.A. Haider, D. Bia, Y. Zocalo, R.L.
Armentano and M.S. Olufsen
Viscoelastic Models for Passive Arterial Wall Dynamics
Adv. Appl. Math. Mech., 1 (2009), pp. 151-165.

H.A. Friis, S. Evje and T. Flatten
A Numerical Study of Characteristic Slow-Transient Behavior of a
Compressible 2D Gas-Liquid Two-Fluid Model.
Adv. Appl. Math. Mech., 1 (2009), pp. 166-200.

T. Vejchodsky and P. Solin
Discrete Maximum Principle for Poisson Equation with Mixed Boundary
Conditions Solved by hp-FEM.
Adv. Appl. Math. Mech., 1 (2009), pp. 201-214.

C.M. Fan, C.S. Chen and J. Monroe
The Method of Fundamental Solutions for Solving Convection-Diffusion
Equations with Variable Coefficients.
Adv. Appl. Math. Mech., 1 (2009), pp. 215-230.

J. Yao, Y. Yao, P.J. Mason and M.K. Patel
Numerical Simulation of Heat Transfer in Rectangular Microchannel.
Adv. Appl. Math. Mech., 1 (2009), pp. 231-241.

Z. Lu and Y. Chen
A Posteriori Error Estimates of Triangular Mixed Finite Element Methods
for Semilinear Optimal Control Problems.
Adv. Appl. Math. Mech., 1 (2009), pp. 242-256.

F. Bernal and Gail Gutierrez
Solving Delay Differential Equations through RBF Collocation.
Adv. Appl. Math. Mech., 1 (2009), pp. 257-272.

Z. Ge, Y. He and L. Song
An Inf-Sup Stabilized Finite Element Method by Multiscale Functions for
the Stokes Equations.
Adv. Appl. Math. Mech., 1 (2009), pp. 273-287.

M.-C. Lai, C.-W. Hsu and H. Huang
A Front-Tracking Method for Motion by Mean Curvature with Surfactant.
Adv. Appl. Math. Mech., 1 (2009), pp. 288-300.


Date: Thu, 7 May 2009 15:18:42 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Contents, Foundations of Computational Mathematics 9(3):June 2009

Foundations of Computational Mathematics
Volume 9, Number 3, June 2009

"The Analysis and the Representation of Balanced Complex Polytopes in 2D"
Cristina Vagnoni, Marino Zennaro
pp. 259 - 294

"A Magnus- and Fer-Type Formula in Dendriform Algebras"
Kurusch Ebrahimi-Fard, Dominique Manchon
pp. 295 - 316

"Uniform Uncertainty Principle and Signal Recovery via Regularized
Orthogonal Matching Pursuit"
Deanna Needell, Roman Vershynin
pp. 317 - 334

"Conditioning of Random Conic Systems Under a General Family of Input
Raphael Hauser, Tobias Müller
pp. 335 - 358

"The Coding Complexity of Lévy Processes"
Frank Aurzada, Steffen Dereich
pp. 359 - 390


From: Chi-Wang Shu <>
Date: Mon, 04 May 2009 01:00:53 -0400
Subject: Contents, Journal of Scientific Computing 39(3): June 2009

Journal of Scientific Computing

Volume 39, Number 3, June 2009

A Spectral Element Approximation to Price European
Options. II. The Black-Scholes Model with Two
Underlying Assets
Wuming Zhu and David A. Kopriva, pp.323-339.

Comparison of Two-Level Preconditioners Derived from
Deflation, Domain Decomposition and Multigrid Methods
J. M. Tang, R. Nabben, C. Vuik and Y. A. Erlangga,

A Spectral Stochastic Semi-Lagrangian Method for
Convection-Diffusion Equations with Uncertainty
Mofdi El-Amrani and Mohammed Seaid, pp.371-393.

High-Order Embedded Finite Difference Schemes for
Initial Boundary Value Problems on Time Dependent
Irregular Domains
Adi Ditkowski and Yuval Harness, pp.394-440.

Computation of Dendritic Growth with Level Set Model
Using a Multi-Mesh Adaptive Finite Element Method
Yana Di and Ruo Li, pp.441-453.

Shock Capturing Artificial Dissipation for High-Order
Finite Difference Schemes
Magnus Svard and Siddhartha Mishra, pp.454-484.


From: Tim Davis <>
Date: Mon, 04 May 2009 12:12:35 -0400
Subject: The Mouseholder QR, part 7 of 8

Burns original:

But Mousie, thou are no thy-lane,
In proving foresight may be vain;
The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft agley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!

Modern English, non-poetic translation:

But Mouse, you are not alone, in proving foresight may be vain;
the best-planned schemes of mice and men often go astray, and
leave us nothing but grief and pain for promised joy!

Matrix translation:

But Matrix, thee I'll not condemn,
Disproving theorems? thou's a gem;
For best-laid schemes in MATLAB's M
Go oft astray,
An' lea'e us nought but grief unstemm'd,
In thine array!

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