Math 578 - Spring 2019
and MPI parallelization for PDEs
TR 2:10 - 3:25, Ayres A112
Qualifies for the Interdisciplinary Graduate Minor in Computational Science (IGMCS) program

  • Course announcement (printable PDF)   ( comments from former students)
  • Course Syllabus
  • Some References
  • If you can't wait... get and install open-MPI
    The   ASSIGNMENTS ··· will be here.

  • Quote from Parallel Evolution, Not Revolution (Dr.Dobbs Newsletter, Aug.2012):
      "College Students: Get Your Money's Worth. These days, if you study programming and never do a parallel program during your time in college, you need to demand your money back. Seriously."
  • exascale computing (Feb.2011)   GPUs on titan machine at ORNL(Dec.2011)
    Ten Commandments of Computer Ethics
    "The nice thing about computers is that they will do exactly what you tell them to do.
    Unfortunately, they will do it exactly, so you need to get your instructions exactly right."
                      --David J. Eck, The Most Complex Machine, p.173
    "A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history,
    with the possible exception of handguns and tequila."
                      -- Mitch Ratliffe, Technology Review, Apr. 1992

    How-To and Tools
  • How-To Essentials (unix,vi,zip,Xwindows,gnuplot,f77,WWW) PDF for printing
  • gnuplot FAQ,   a nice brief intro , and another intro ,  the gnuplot site   and   gnuplot for win32
  • gnuplot - How to print ,    gnuplot - On the fly (on unix)  and  template (for win or linux)

  • VirtualBox best way, by far, to have Linux on your Win/Mac!  
        step-by-step instructions   and   set up shared folder
  • A matlab clone GNU Octave   available for all platforms (free!)
  • An even better super-matlab FreeMat   for all platforms (free!)
  • Fortran and C compilers for linux/windows/mac: gfortran   gcc   (free!)
  • zip archive/compress for win32/64 (zip/unzip entire folders): 7-Zip   (free!)
  • VI editor vim ,   most powerful editor, available for all platforms (free!)   vi_QuickGuide.pdf
  • Postscript viewer: GSview for win32 (for .ps files) (free!)
  • Remote login tools for win: PuTTY and PSCP   or:   openSSH   or:   SSH Tunnel   (free!)
  • X Windows on your PC:   TightVNC   or   Xming   or   NX Free   ...but best is   VirtualBox !
  • LaTeX help 1.1
  • UTK computer and email accounts , in particular unix accounts
  • UTK-ORNL Joint Institute for Computational Sciences (JICS)
  • Research and Education in Computational Science and Engineerin SIAM Review, Sep 2018 ( excellent overview of the field) ← NEW
  • Thoughts about Mathematical Modeling(.pdf) by A. Neumaier,   and a nice overview of Numerical Analysis(.pdf) by A. Iserles
  • Some useful shell scripts, in particular tcsh setup
  • Some useful aliases and how to set them up
    About Mathematics
  • Digital autodidact (deep-learning at ORNL) DOE ASCR, Aug.2017
  • All biology is computational biology, PLOS Biology, Mar.2017
  • Pros and Cons of the Algorithm Age, Pew Research, Feb.2017   profound questions about the future...
  • The Map of Computer Science   and   The Map of Mathematics , by Dominic Walliman, 2017 (excellent videos!)
  • Big Data: Frontiers in Massive Data Analysis Nat.Academies Press 2013, and What Does It Take SIAM News,2013
  • Mathematical Sciences in 2025 Nat.Academies Press 2013 ... and extracted Findings
  • LOGICOMIX, An epic search for truth told in a brilliant graphic novel, must read!
  • SIAM:   Math Matters, Apply It! Mathematics Awareness Month
  • Mathematics - The Science of Patterns and Algorithms by Ingrid Debauchies
  • Mathematics as a Key to Key Technologies (.pdf) excellent paper by H. Neunzert
  • SIAM Report on   Mathematics in Industry, 2012
  • SIAM Undergraduate Research Online (SIURO)
  • Mathematicians of the Day     and     Famous Scientists chronology (from Kai Lai Chung: Green, Brown, and Probability,1995)
  • How Google Finds Your Needle in the Web's Haystack
  • The $25,000,000,000 Eigenvector: The Linear Algebra behind Google ( SIAM Review 48(3):569-581, 2006)
  • Sparse-Land ( SIAM Review 51(1):34-81, mar2009)   the latest glory of linear algebra   and a tutorial
  • Making Do with Less: An Introduction to Compressed Sensing ( SIAM Review 55(3):547–566, sep2013)   central ideas
  • Jobs Rated 2014: #1 Mathematician, #2 Professor, #3 Statistician, #4 Actuary !!!
  • Cheer up, Math/CS/Engineering are most Lucrative College Majors:   Economic Value of College Majors
  • Careers in Applied Mathematics (SIAM brochure)   . . .   and some funny occupational descriptions
  • Median salary for doctorate recipients in 2015 business, economics, math-CS are highest  
  • Who's Hiring Math Majors?     and     Worldwide Job Market for Mathematicians
  • STEM Links (excellent, includes Career Resources)   and   7 facts about the STEM workforce, Jan.2018 ← NEW
  • Data Science Career ...most in-demand and lucrative field in job market today (requires programming/stats/math) Feb.2018 ← NEW
  • STEM jobs growth 2009-2015, math jobs grew 40%, by far highest!
  • Rankings of Mathematics Graduate Programs   (according to YOUR criteria)
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