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RCE 47: ITAPS Interoperable Tools for Advanced Petascale Simulations

Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres speak with Mark Shepard, Tim Tautges andCarl Ollivier-Gooch about ITAPS (Interoperable Technologies for Advanced Petascale Simulations).

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Carl Ollivier-Gooch is a professor in the department of mechanical engineering at The University of British Columbia, where he is a member of UBC's Institute for Applied Mathematics and Institute for Computing, Information, and Cognitive Systems. His research interests are in high-order numerical methods for aircraft aerodynamics and in unstructured mesh generation. He has also won national and provincial awards for research that applies aerodynamics to the pulp and paper industry. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

Timothy Tautges is a Computational Scientist in the Mathematics and Computer Science division at Argonne National Laboratory. He also holds an appointment as Adjunct Professor in Engineering Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Tim was trained in nuclear engineering with an emphasis on parallel computing. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin (thesis topic: parallel nuclear severe accident simulation), he worked on severe accident modeling at the CEC Joint Research Center, Ispra, Italy, and Sandia National Laboratories. Later he joined and eventually lead the Cubit mesh generation project at Sandia. Tim's research interests include unstructured hexahedral mesh generation and component-based application of mesh and geometry in scientific computing applications. He is responsible for the development and open-source releases of the Common Geometry Module (CGM) and a Mesh-Oriented datABase (MOAB). After moving to Argonne in 2006, Tim took on the responsibility for mesh and geometry infrastructure for the SHARP reactor simulation project. He also is the Argonne Principle Investigator on the SciDAC ITAPS project.

Mark S. Shephard is the Samuel A. and Elisabeth C. Johnson, Jr. Professor of Engineering, and the director of the Scientific Computation Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He holds joint appointments in the departments of Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering; Civil and Environmental Engineering; and Computer Science. Dr. Shephard has published over 250 papers. He is a fellow in and the past President of the US Association for Computational Mechanics, a fellow and member of the General Council of the International Association for Computational Mechanics, a fellow of ASME and an Associate Fellow of AIAA. He is the editor of Engineering with Computers and on the editorial board of six computational mechanics journals. He is a co-founder of Simmetrix Inc., a company dedicated to the technologies that enable simulation-based engineering.

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