Lorena A. Barba group


Announcing "Practical Numerical Methods with Python" MOOC

Aug. 6—New! Course site now open for registrations! As announced at SciPy 2014 (July 8), I will be teaching a numerical methods course at GW this Fall semester that will be connected with three other courses around the world, and also with an independent MOOC titled "Practical Numerical Methods with Python." This is a collaboration... Continue »

New CUDA Research Center at GW


NVIDIA names GW a new CUDA Research Center, in recognition of the research trajectory of Prof. Lorena Barba. The announcement reads as follows. The CUDA Research Center at the George Washington University in Washington, DC, recognizes the research trajectory of Prof. Lorena A. Barba. With a background in mechanical engineering and aeronautics, and a few... Continue »

Accepted: Biomolecular electrostatics solver using Python and GPUs

Surface charge plot on a lysozyme molecule, obtained using the PyGBe code.

Submitted: 20 September, 2013. Accepted: 24 October, 2013. This paper presents a study of the effect of solvent-filled cavities and Stern layers in a biomolecular electrostatics solver based on a boundary integral formulation. The tool for this study was the PyGBe code: a solver for biomolecular electrostatics using Python, GPUs and boundary elements. To determine... Continue »

Submitted: "Lift and wakes of flying snakes"

Sketch of the gliding behavior of a flying snake.

Submitted: September 16, 2013. Accepted in Physics of Fluids: February 10, 2014. This paper presents a computational study of the aerodynamics of an anatomically correct cross-section of Chrysopelia paradisi, the flying snake. These animals inhabit the canopy of rainforests in East Asia, and have a very peculiar method of locomotion: they jump from tree branches, change... Continue »

How will the fast-multipole method fare in the exascale era?

Roofline model of current hardware and computational intensity of various representative algorithms.

SIAM News (Vol. 46, issue 6) has published on the front page our piece about the future of algorithms in the exascale era. This piece was written by invitation on the aftermath of a very successful SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering, held in Boston last February. At this conference several minisymposia focused on... Continue »