Lorena A. Barba group


Barba at the NAE FOEE Symposium

Professor Barba, with students in class. She has adopted flipped classroom approaches to teaching, with video being used to deliver content, and active-learning in the classroom. Photo by Saana McDaniel (2012).

Professor Barba was selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) symposium 2012. Here is a reflective note she wrote after coming back from this event in October 2012. Engineering education changes slowly. At the first engineering schools in America—West Point (1819), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1828), University of Virginia (1833)—a professor lectured at... Continue »

New teraflop/s GPU cluster coming to BU

Prof Claudio Rebbi, Prof. Richard Brower, Bryan Marler (HP), Prof. Lorena Barba, Mark Hamilton (HP) Glenn Bresnahan (IS&T), Daniel Kamalic (ENG IT). Photo by Saana McDaniel, 2012.

BU's College of Engineering, Center for Computational Science (CCS), and Information Systems & Technology (IS&T) announce a significant expansion to the facilities for research computing with the acquisition of a GPU-accelerated cluster. At 80 teraflop/s in peak double-precision performance, this system will be the fastest ever deployed at BU. The new computing resource was made possible by... Continue »

New exaFMM paper accepted

An isosurface plot of the second invariant of the velocity gradient tensor helps to visualize the structures of turbulence.

FMM-based vortex method for simulation of isotropic turbulence on GPUs, compared with a spectral method, Rio Yokota, L. A. Barba, Computers & Fluids, in press (available online 13 August 2012), doi:10.1016/j.compfluid.2012.08.002 This paper presents the results of comparing a Lagrangian vortex method with a trusted spectral method for the simulation of isotropic fluid turbulence. The numerical engine of the vorticity-based fluid... Continue »

Barba named CUDA Fellow

Professor Lorena Barba has been named CUDA Fellow by NVIDIA Corporation

Prof. Barba is among four new CUDA Fellows named by NVIDIA Corporation in advance of this year’s GPU Technology Conference. She joins an elite group of leaders in GPU computing. Each of these individuals has demonstrated a passion and commitment to using CUDA and the power of GPU computing to help solve some of the... Continue »

Barba is Piazza "Innovator of the Week"

Photo by Saana McDaniel, Boston University 2012

The Piazza company blog has chosen Prof. Barba as“Innovator of the Week”, focusing on her long trajectory of using various technologies and pedagogical improvements in her teaching. In her latest experiment, Prof. Barba opened her Piazza class for Computational Fluid Dynamics to guest students and self-learners from around the world, creating an online community around her course.... Continue »

Flipped class energizes CFD

By Mark Dwortzan Two . . . one . . . zero. Change! Clutching an iPhone, Assistant Professor Lorena Barba (ME) works a brightly lit computer lab at the Photonics Center like a Hollywood movie director, cueing her ENG ME 702—Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)—students to take their places on the set of what she calls... Continue »