NA Digest Monday, December 26, 1994 Volume 94 : Issue 52
- Today's Editor:
- Cleve Moler
- The MathWorks, Inc.
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From: Gene Golub <golub@sccm.Stanford.EDU>
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 94 8:35:20 PST
Subject: Birthday Puzzle
What TWO famous numerical analysts will be celebrating their 60th birthday
on Dec 26, 1994? Hint: Their birthplaces are antipodes.
I'm sure they'll be happy to hear from you.
From: R. Jeltsch <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 94 15:32:35 +0100
Subject: Charta of Free Electronic Access to Publications
Charta of free electronic access to publications:
The EMS (European Mathematical Society) has set up
a committee to draft a Charta of free electronic
access to publications. I am on this committee and
would like to get some input from the NA-NET community.
Please respond either to me or to the electronic
distributes every message it receives to all members
of this committee, which consists now of
email@example.com (Eva Bayer)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Pavol Brunovski)
email@example.com (Miro Chlebik)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Jean Cea)
email@example.com (Laurent Guillope)
firstname.lastname@example.org (R. Jeltsch)
email@example.com (Marian Mrozek)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Peter Michor, chair)
The first draft of such a charta has been proposed
Peter Michor and he has presented it at the
Conference on the Future of Mathematical Communications
electronic publishing MSRI, Berkeley, Nov. 30 -- Dec. 3.
First draft (shortened for Na-net)
The role of a printed copy of a journal nowadays is sitting in a
library waiting for an article out of it to be photocopied. A
conservative estimate is that on the average an article is
photocopied 50 times, all over the world, and read 25 times. To
typeset, print, and distribute it is a waste of human and natural
resources, the same service could be done via computer quicker
and more widespread.
There is an oncoming revolution on the use of electronic media for
scientific publication. New electronic journals appear, they are
FREELY accessible up to now, some existing journals open their files
for FREE electronic access, and some only to subscribers. There is
the possibility to lower drastically the overall cost of mathematical
publications, and the danger that we will have all the traditional
journals, new electronic ones, and that after some time the
electronic journals also start to charge for their access. If there
is no easy access to the mathematical literature, a lot of work will
be duplicated in the future.
The European Mathematical Society feels responsible for the health
and accessibility of the mathematical literature.
The rationale behind this charta is the following. We should
distinguish carefully between the final electronic version of a paper
into which besides the work of writing and refereeing only marginal
costs have been invested, and the printed and distributed version,
which makes use of a somewhat industrial process. The costs of the
former, since they are small, should be carried locally, by academic
institutions or libraries. Important libraries could adopt existing
journals and take over their costs up to the electronic product. Free
personal access to the electronic product should be ensured. The
costs of the latter industrial process should be borne by the
consumer (library) who prefers to have at hand a nicely printed
version. There will be not so few of them, perhaps.
CHARTA OF FREE ELECTRONIC ACCESS TO PUBLICATIONS:
1. The right of access to the electronic file of a paper which was
prepared in that way by the author or his institution lies with the
2. If the author submits this paper to a preprint server or a
refereeing process he automatically acknowledges the right of free
electronic access to this paper to the (mathematical) public.
3. If a journal prints a refereed article the right to distribute and
sell this paper lies completely with the publisher of the journal.
This is called the RIGHT TO DISTRIBUTE. But the right of free
electronic access to the paper remains at the public.
4. Everybody who uses the right of electronic access to a paper is
entitled to print freely one copy of this for personal or restricted
use. He is not entitled to sell copies of this paper at profit. This
is called PERSONAL USE.
5. Libraries are entitled and asked to keep permanently accessible
files of electronically accessible journals, in order to ensure their
perpetuity, besides or without printed copies.
We ask authors, readers, institutions and libraries, profit and
non-profit oriented publishers to adopt the rules of this charta, for
the benefit of the science of Mathematics, and thus also for the
benefit of those commercial organizations serving it.
From: John C. Nash <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 1994 11:51:58 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Pentium Hypertext and the Sofware Taxi
Mainly for the benefit of non-NA colleagues and for some local
computer store operators, I edited and collected commentary and test
codes for the Pentium FDIV bug. These have been built into a
hypertext form so the comments can be viewed easily and a 1-key
command will execute Mathisen's test.
The hypertext viewer is my own Software Taxi which NA Digest readers
may also find interesting as a way to present "live" demonstrations
of software along with commentary. Simple text files are used for
the hypertexts and control files. Freeware.
The Pentium hypertext and the Software Taxi are available by
anonymous FTP from either
(look in the "binaries" subdirectory)
or ftp.synapse.net in the info/nashinfo/ subdirectory.
The files in the LHA archive PENTIUM0.LZH contain information,
comments and test programs about the Intel Pentium FDIV bug. They
are designed to be used in conjunction with the Software Taxi
hypertext viewer in SWTAXI0.LZH.
You should unpack the files from both archives into the same
directory (or diskette -- 1.2 MB or 1.4MB format). To view/run the
ST0 PENTIUM0 [Enter]
To run the Software Taxi general introduction, simply type
and accept defaults. The Software Taxi is only 23K and designed for
student use on low-power PCs; it is fast enough to run from a
John C. Nash, Professor of Management, Faculty of Administration
136 Jean-Jacques Lussier Private, University of Ottawa, Ottawa
Ontario, K1N 6N5 Canada firstname.lastname@example.org fax 613 564 6518
From: Garry Tee <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Dec 1994 17:23:12 +1200
Subject: Prelude to Pentium
In 1960, when Leslie Fox was Director of Oxford University
Computing Laboratory, a Sirius computer (of the 2nd generation) was
installed there. Fox had gained his computing experience on Turing's Pilot
ACE (built in 1950 by J. H. Wilkinson) and on its commercial version DEUCE;
and hence he was accustomed to programming in which every bit was correct,
including fixed-point arithmetic in which round-off was in the range -1/2
to +1/2 bit in the least significant place.
His testing of Sirius had revealed persistent errors in the arithmetic
performed; and eventually he was horrified to discover that the arithmetic
hardware performed fixed-point division with roundoff between +1 and +2
bits! Leslie Fox erupted with scandalized outrage at that inexcusable
blunder by the manufacturers of Sirius!
Garry J. Tee, University of Auckland.
From: Yin Zhang <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 21 Dec 1994 13:54:26 -0400
Subject: LIPSOL Beta-2 Release
LIPSOL Beta-2 Release Announcement
I am pleased to announce the Beta-2 release of LIPSOL -- Linear
programming Interior-Point SOLvers. LIPSOL is a package that uses
Matlab's sparse-matrix data structure and MEX utilities to achieve
both programming simplicity and computational efficiency.
--- What's New? ---
Release Beta-2 is a major step-up from the first Beta release (now
called Beta-1) with important enhancements and bug-fixings. The
1. Beta-2 now solves 94 Netlib LP problems out of 95 (fit2p, still
untested, is too costly without a dense-column handling strategy);
while Beta-1 could only solve 80 problems. A single set of default
parameter values is used to solve 93 problems (except for dfl001).
2. Beta-2 is much faster than Beta-1 for large problems. Here are
some statistics on an SGI machine (R4400/150Mhz processor) for 3 of
the largest problems:
Name rows cols iter Beta-2 Beta-1
pilot87 2031 4883 40 569 2315
maros-r7 3137 9408 14 508 untested
stocfor3 16676 15695 38 206 untested
LIPSOL is still under active development. Further improvements and
speedups are expected.
--- What platforms are supported? ---
The Beta versions contain binary files and is machine-dependent.
LIPSOL Beta-2 includes distributions for DEC (Ultrix 4.x), SGI (IRIX
5.2) and Sun Sparcs (SunOS 4.1.3) UNIX workstations.
-- Where to get LIPSOL? --
LIPSOL Beta-2 is free and may be down-loaded through anonymous FTP
from the internet site: ftp.math.umbc.edu
in the directory: pub/zhang/lipsol/beta-2 (also available from the
WWW URL: http://math.umbc.edu/~yzhang).
The installation and use of LIPSOL are simple. See the README files
for information. (Sorry, a new user's guide is not available yet.)
LIPSOL Beta-2 includes mex-files constructed from a sparse Cholesky
Fortran package developed by Esmond Ng and Barry Peyton at ORNL, which
is in part responsible for the significant speed-up on large problems.
During the development of LIPSOL Beta-2, I received programming
assistance from Detong Zhang at UMBC and valuable feedbacks from Steve
Wright at ANL. Thank you all, folks.
Yin Zhang http://math.umbc.edu/~yzhang/
Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics Email: email@example.com
Univ. of Maryland Baltimore County Phone: (410) 455--3298
Baltimore, Maryland 21228-5398, USA Fax : (410) 455--1066
From: David Brown <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 1994 11:52:59 -0700
Subject: New Mail Address for Los Alamos PPNS Group
The Los Alamos National Laboratory Parallel Processing and Numerical Analysis
Research Cell now has a new (US postal) mail address:
Mail Stop B256
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, NM 87545 USA
Members of this research group who can be reached at this new address are:
Kristi Brislawn email@example.com
David L. Brown firstname.lastname@example.org
Geoffrey Chesshire email@example.com
William Henshaw firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlotta Olsson email@example.com
Karen Pao firstname.lastname@example.org
Daniel Quinlan email@example.com
Ellen Randall firstname.lastname@example.org
William Rider email@example.com
Jeffrey S. Saltzman firstname.lastname@example.org
The PPNS research group is funded to develop algorithms and software
for adaptive overlapping grid methods for computational fluid dynamics
From: Ruediger Seydel <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Dec 94 11:59:24 +0100
Subject: New Book, Practical Bifurcation and Stability Analysis
Title: Practical Bifurcation and Stability Analysis.
From Equilibrium to Chaos. Second Edition.
Series Name: Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics, Vol. 5
Published by: Springer, New York, 1994
This textbook gives an introduction to nonlinear phenomena on
a practical level, and an account of computational methods.
It covers the central role that bifurcations play,
and explains mechanisms of how stability is gained or lost.
Emphasis is on basic strategies for numerical methods.
The book is illustrated by many examples from science
and engineering. 414 pp. 186 figs. 547 references.
This is a new version of the book "From Equilibrium to Chaos,"
which was published by Elsevier 1988 (Math.Reviews 89e:58084,
Zentralblatt fuer Math. Vol.652 #34059). The book has been updated,
revised, and significantly enlarged.
From: Stein W. Wallace <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 22 Dec 94 13:56:57 +0100
Subject: New Book, Stochastic Programming
There is a new book:
Title: "STOCHASTIC PROGRAMMING"
ISBN 0 471 95108 0; 0 471 95158 7 (pbk)
Authors: Peter Kall (University of Zurich) email@example.com
Stein W. Wallace (University of Trondheim) firstname.lastname@example.org
Series: Wiley - Interscience Series in Systems and Optimization
1991 MATHEMATICS SUBJECT CLASSIFICATION:
Primary: 90-01; Secondary: 90C15
John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Baffins Lane, Chichester
West Sussex, PO19 1UD, England
Telephone: + 44 243 779777
'Stochastic Programming' is the first textbook to provide a thorough
and self-contained introduction to the subject. Carefully written to
cover all necessary background material from both linear and non-linear
programming, as well as probability theory, the book draws together the
methods and techniques previously described in disparate sources.
After introducing the terms and modelling issues when randomness is
introduced in a deterministic mathematical programming model, the
authors cover decision trees and dynamic programming, recourse
problems, probabilistic constraints, preprocessing and network
problems. Exercises are provided at the end of each chapter.
Throughout, the emphasis is on the appropriate use of the techniques,
rather than on the underlying mathematical proofs and theories, making
the book ideal for researchers and students in mathematical programming
and operations research who wish to develop their skills in stochastic
The book has 6 chapters
Ch1: Basic concepts
Ch2: Dynamic Systems
Ch3: Recourse problems
Ch4: Probabilistic constraints
Ch6: Network problems
Stein W. Wallace - email@example.com
Phone: + 47 73 593609 Fax: + 47 73 593603
From: Dirk Laurie <WSKDPL@puknet.puk.ac.za>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 94 14:42
Subject: South African N.A. Symposium
Call for Papers
South African Symposium on Numerical Mathematics (SANUM '95)
July 10-12, 1995
Cutty Sark Hotel, Scottburgh (near Durban)
SANUM '95 is jointly organized by the South African Society for
Numerical Mathematics and the Department of Computer Science of the
University of Natal, Durban.
Research papers on any aspect of numerical analysis or computational
mathematics are welcomed. This Symposium, now into its 21st year,
traditionally also accommodates talks on applications of mathematics.
Dirk Laurie (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Japie Spoelstra (email@example.com)
Lucas Venter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Andre Weideman (email@example.com)
Colin Wright (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Cutty Sark is a moderately priced seafront hotel about 30km south of
Durban. The month of July is a very pleasant one in this subtropical
region, with the daytime temperature around 20 degrees Centigrade.
You will be put on the mailing list if you send your address to:
Dr. Lucas Venter
Department of Mathematics
Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education
Or you may send e-mail to Lucas or any other member of the organizing
Answers to frequently asked questions on the conference programme, hotel
bookings, travel arrangements etc. may be obtained by fingering
From: Chuanxia Rao <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Dec 94 14:11:47 PST
Subject: Conference on Parallel Algorithms
CALL FOR PAPERS ICPA'95
International Conference on Parallel Algorithms
Wuhan University, Wuhan, China
October 15 -19, 1995
Organized by Wuhan University, Wuhan, China and Changsha College of
Technology, Changsha, China
Sponsored by Natural Science Foundation of China, National Defence
Research Council of Science and Technology of China, and State Education
Committee of China
Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
. High performance parallel computer systems and their performance
. Theory and implementation of parallel and distributed computing
. Parallel algorithms based on domain decomposition methods and multigrid
. Design and analysis of numerical and non-numerrical parallel algorithms
. Theory of cellular automaton models and their applications
. Lattice gas and lattice Boltzmann
. Evolutionary algorithms and parallel problem solvers from nature
. Software tools and environments for parallel computers
. Systolic algorithms and parallel implementation
. Software engineering aspects relating to parallel computing
. Industrial, scientific and commercial applications for pipelined,
vector, array, parallel and distributed computers
. Other aspects and applications relating to massively parallel
Prospective authors are invited to submit 4 hard copies of the full paper
with no more than 25 11pt single-spaced, single-column pages. All submitted
manuscripts are strongly encouraged to be prepared in LaTeX.
March 31, 1995: Submission of full papers
May 31, 1995: Notification of acceptance/rejection to authors
July 31, 1995: Submission of revisedd final camera-ready papers
To receive further information send your name and address to
Professor Lishan Kang, ICPA'95, Institute of Software Engineering
Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, P.R. China
Tel: +86-27-7822712 ext 2438 Fax: +86-27-7812661
From: Ulrich Hornung <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 21 Dec 1994 17:59:56 --100
Subject: Position at University of the Federal Armed Forces, Munich
Research position in numerical modeling of multiphase flow
At the Institute of Mathematics in the University of the Federal Armed
Forces Munich, a two-year research scientist position is open to be filled
as soon as possible. The position is connected with a research project in
applied mathematics on "Optimization of venting techniques for remediation
of NAPL contaminated soils (Soil Venting)". The project funded by the German
Federal Department for Research and Technology started in 1994 and is
supposed to end by April 1997. The goal is to find applicable solutions for
practical problems in cooperation with a German company. Further details may
be found on the special page in the World Wide Web:
The candidate is expected to simulate three-dimensional (3-D) gas flow in
soils of different industrial sites, to model 3-D contaminant transport of
NAPL's, and eventually, to determine optimal strategies for the remediation
process. The numerical methods to be used are mixed finite elements combined
with domain decomposition. The code to be written will be based on the C++ -
package GOOFE developed at the Technical University Munich in the research
group of Ronald Hoppe.
The ideal candidate has a degree (preferably Ph.D.) in mathematics or physics;
he should be familiar with scientific computing, in particular with partial
differential equations and their numerical solution by finite element methods.
Experience with the programming language C is required, and basic knowledge
in thermodynamics and/or physical chemistry would be helpful.
Salary is according to the German BAT IIa tariff. Salary includes payments
for social security, health care, and benefits and depends on age and
family status, e.g., a 27 year old unmarried person receives in 1994 DM
65,832 (appr. $44,000) gross payment per annum.
Knowledge of the German language is not expected, and only necessary as far
as everyday life is concerned.
Candidates should contact me as soon as possible, and provide their CV, a
list of publications, and a description of their scientific background and
Prof. Ulrich Hornung
Department of Computer Science
University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich
Phone: +49-89-6004-3386 (-2030) Fax: +49-89-6004-3560
From: George Byrne <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 1994 15:14:45 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Position at Illinois Institute of Technology
Illinois Institute of Technology
The Department of Mathematics at Illinois Institute of Technology is seeking
at least one tenure-track faculty member to assume duties in September 1994.
A successful candidate must be demonstrably good in the classroom and will
also be expected to carry out a successful research program. The successful
candidate will be interested in collaboration with colleagues in science and
engineering and will be expected to acquire external funding. Candidates at
the Assistant Professor level and at the Associate Professor level are being
sought. For the Associate Professor level, a track record of funded research
will also be necessary. The fields of interest lie in computational and
The Department of Mathematics is situated in the Armour College of Science
and Engineering and strong interdisciplinary links are a long-standing
tradition at IIT. The main IIT campus is itself an architectural landmark
in Chicago. IIT has about 5000 students and is well-established as a small,
urban, private, technical university with both graduate and undergraduate
programs. The Department of Mathematics is strengthening its activities in
computational and applied mathematics.
Applicants should send a curriculum vitae (with publications list, history
of external funding, and supporting documentation of teaching skills) to
and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to:
Dr. George D. Byrne
Professor and Chairman
Department of Mathematics
Illinois Institute of Technology
10 West 32nd Street
Chicago, IL 6061603793
From: SIAM <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 94 15:08:36 EST
Subject: Contents, SIAM Applied Mathematics
SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics
APRIL 1994 Volume 55, Number 2
Biography of Joseph B. Keller
Exact Nonreflecting Boundary Conditions for the Time Dependent Wave Equation
Marcus J. Grote and Joseph B. Keller
Instability of Rapidly Rotating Polytropes
N. J. Balmforth, L. N. Howard, and E. A. Spiegel
Shock Layer Movement for Burgers' Equation
Jacques G. L. Laforgue and Robert E. O'Malley, Jr.
Shock Formation in a Multidimensional Viscoelastic Diffusive System
Donald S. Cohen, Andrew B. White, Jr., and Thomas P. Witelski
On-Surface Conditions for Structural Acoustic Interactions in Moving Media
Asymptotic Evaluation of Integrals Related to Time-Dependent Fields Near
Limit Process Expansions and Homogenization
Julian D. Cole
Internal Layers, Small Eigenvalues, and the Sensitivity of Metastable Motion
Michael J. Ward and Luis G. Reyna
Weakly Nonlinear Waves for a Class of Linearly Unstable Hyperbolic Conservation
Laws with Source Terms
J. Kevorkian, J. Yu, and L. Wang
Mean Field Effects for Counterpropagating Traveling Wave Solutions of Reaction-
A. J. Bernoff, R. Kuske, B. J. Matkowsky, and V. Volpert
High-Order Finite Element Methods for Singularly Perturbed Elliptic and
Slimane Adjerid, Mohammed Aiffa, and Joseph E. Flaherty
Singular Perturbation Solutions of Noisy Systems
Frank C. Hoppensteadt
Turbulent Baker's Maps
A Theory of Sustainable Harvesting
From: SIAM <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Dec 94 09:24:28 EST
Subject: Contents, SIAM Optimization
TABLE OF CONTENTS
SIAM J. OF OPTIMIZATION, NO. 5, VOL. 1 FEBRUARY 1995
1 Why a Pure Primal Newton Barrier Step may be Infeasible
Margaret H. Wright
13 Interior Point Methods in Semidefinite Programming with
Applications to Combinatorial Optimization
52 Infeasible-Interior-Point Primal-Dual
Potential-Reduction Algorithms for Linear Programming
Shinji Mizuno, Masakazu Kojima, and Michael J. Todd
68 A Fast Heuristic Method for Polynomial Moment Problems
with Boltzmann-Shannon Entrophy
J. M. Borwein and W. Z. Huang
100 Symmetric Quasidefinite Matrices
Robert J. Vanderbei
114 On the Primal-Dual Steepest Descent Algorithm for
Extended Linear-Quadratic Programming
129 A Positive Algorithm for the Nonlinear Complementarity Problem
Renato D. C. Monteiro, Jong-Shi Pang, and Tao Wang
149 Practical Interior-Point Method for Convex Programming
Florian Jarre and Michael A. Saunders
172 An All-Inclusive Efficient Region of Updates for Least
Change Secant Methods
Henry Wolkowicz and Qing Zhao
192 An Optimal Positive Definite Update for Sparse Hessian Matrices
218 Trust Region Algorithms for Solving Nonsmooth Equations
From: Marilyn Radcliff <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 22 Dec 1994 12:44:28 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Contents, Journal of Approximation Theory
Table of Contents
Journal of Approximation Theory, Volume 80, Number 1, January 1995
Jos\'e L. Fern\'andez Mu\~niz. Qualitative Korovkin Type Theorems for
Mario Milman. On Extrapolation Spaces and a.e. Convergence of Fourier
Aleksei Shadrin. Error Bounds for Lagrange Interpolation, 25-49.
H. A. Hakopian and A. A. Sahakian. Multivariate Polynomial Interpolation
to Traces on Manifolds, 50-75.
Kirill A. Kopotun. Uniform Estimates of Monotone and Convex Approximation
of Smooth Functions, 76-107.
Gilbert G. Walter. Pointwise Convergence of Wavelet Expansions, 108-118.
Leonardo Colzani and Marco Vignati. The Gibbs Phenomenon for Multiple
Fourier Integrals, 119-131.
Jos\'e A. Adell, Jes\'us de la Cal, and Miguel San Miguel. On the Property
of Monotonic Convergence for Multivariate Bernstein--type Operators, 132-137.
Valeri Kaliaguine. A Note on Asymptotics of Orthogonal Polynomials on a
Complex Arc: The case of Measure with Discrete Part, 138-145.
S. P. Zhou. An Inequality for Derivatives of Polynomials with Positive
Volume 75, Number 3 (1993): Gundorph K. Kristiansen, "On the Existence of
Real Entire Functions with a Prescribed Ordered Set of Stationary Values,"
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