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RCE 24: Petsc

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Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres speak with Matt Knepley and Jed Brown about the PETSc (http://www.mcs.anl.gov/petsc/petsc-as/) scientific toolkit.

Jed Brown is a PhD student at ETH Zürich, working on solvers for ice sheet dynamics. His research interests are in scalable solvers for unstructured high-order discretizations of indefinite and multirate problems. He has been using PETSc since 2004 and contributing regularly for the past year.

Matthew G. Knepley received his B.S. in Physics from Case Western Reserve University in 1994, an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota in 1996, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University in 2000. He was a Research Scientist at Akamai Technologies in 2000 and 2001. Afterwards, he joined the Mathematics and Computer Science department at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), where he was an Assistant Computational Mathematician, and a Fellow in the Computation Institute at University of Chicago. In 2009, he joined the Computation Institute as a Senior Research Associate. His research focuses on scientific computation, including fast methods, parallel computing, software development, numerical analysis, and multicore architectures. He is an author of the widely used PETSc library for scientific computing from ANL, and is a principal designer of the PetFMM and PetRBF libraries, for the parallel fast multipole method and parallel radial basis function interpolation. He was a J.~T. Oden Faculty Research Fellow at the Insitute for Computation Engineering and Sciences, UT Austin, in 2008, and won the R&D 100 Award in 2009 as part of the PETSc team.

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