NA Digest Sunday, April 7, 2002 Volume 02 : Issue 14

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From: Abdul-Azeez S. Al-Omar <>
Date: Mon, 01 Apr 2002 19:49:35 +0300
Subject: Quadruple Precision LAPACK

Dear NA-Netters
Looking for a quadruple precision LAPACK (real*16 on Sun) or LINPACK?
Has anyone performed a clean LAPACK conversion into quad precision (with
maybe q prefix and adjusted blas)?
Compile options could conflict with needed double precision calls!
Thank you

A. Al-Omar
EE, Kuwait University


From: Jack Dongarra <>
Date: Tue, 02 Apr 2002 09:31:16 -0500
Subject: Seymour Cray and Sidney Fernbach Awards

Nominations are now being solicited for the Seymour Cray Computer Science
and Engineering Award and Sidney Fernbach Memorial Award sponsored by the
IEEE Computer Society. These awards will be given out at the SC2002 Conference
on High Performance Networking and Computing which will be held in Baltimore,
Maryland on November 16th-22nd, 2002 (for additional details see

Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award
The Seymour Cray Award is given to individuals whose innovative contributions
to high performance computing systems best exemplify the creative spirit
demonstrated by Seymour Cray. The award consists of a crystal model,
certificate, and honorarium of $10,000.

Previous Seymour Cray Award Recipients:
1999 John Cocke
2000 Glen J. Culler
2001 John L. Hennessy
Deadline: July 31, 2002

Sidney Fernbach Memorial Award
Established in 1992 in memory of Sidney Fernbach, one of the pioneers
in the development and application of high performance computers for the
solution of large computational problems. A certificate and $2,000 are
awarded for outstanding contributions in the application of high performance
computers using innovative approaches.

Previous Sidney Fernbach Award Recipients:
1993 David H. Bailey "For contributions to numerical computational science"
1994 Charles Peskin "For innovative application of mathematical modeling"
1995 Paul Woodward "For your work in developing new algorithmic techniques
in fluid dynamics"
1996 Gary A. Glatzmaier "For innovative computational numerical methods
to perform the first realistic computer simulations of the Earth's
1997 Charbel Farhat "For outstanding contributions to the development
of parallel numerical algorithms and parallel software packages"
1998 Phillip Colella "For fundamental contributions to the development
of software methodologies used to solve numerical partial differential
1999 Michael Norman "For his leading edge research in applying parallel
computing to challenge grand problems in astrophysics and cosmology"
2000 Stephen W. Attaway "For pioneering advances in methods for modeling
transient dynamics phenomena"
Deadline: July 31, 2002


From: Anthony Giunta <>
Date: Wed, 3 Apr 2002 13:42:49 -0700
Subject: Public Release of DAKOTA Software Toolkit

A Software Toolkit for Design Optimization, Uncertainty
Quantification, Parameter Estimation, and Sensitivity Analysis on
High Performance Computers

Sandia National Laboratories*
Albuquerque, NM

The DAKOTA (Design Analysis Kit for Optimization and Terascale
Applications) toolkit provides a flexible and extensible interface
between simulation codes and iterative analysis methods. DAKOTA contains
algorithms for optimization with gradient and nongradient-based methods;
uncertainty quantification with sampling, analytic reliability, and
stochastic finite element methods; parameter estimation with nonlinear
least squares methods; and sensitivity analysis with design of
experiments and parameter study methods. These capabilities may be used
on their own or as components within advanced strategies such as
surrogate-based optimization, mixed integer nonlinear programming, or
optimization under uncertainty. By employing object-oriented design to
implement abstractions of the key components required for iterative
systems analyses, the DAKOTA toolkit provides a flexible and extensible
problem-solving environment for design and performance analysis of
computational models on high performance computers.

DAKOTA Version 3.0 is now available for download under the terms of the
GNU General Public License from the following web site:

For more information, contact

DAKOTA Team Members:
Mike Eldred
Tony Giunta
Steve Wojtkiewicz
Mario Alleva
Bart van Bloemen Waanders
Roscoe Bartlett
Bill Hart

*Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a
Lockheed Martin Company, for the United States Department of Energy
under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.


From: Darrell Ross <>
Date: Mon, 01 Apr 2002 09:14:30 -0500
Subject: SIAM Conference on Optimization

The SIAM Conference on Optimization in Toronto, Canada is almost here!

May 20-22, 2002 are the conference dates with Short Courses on May 19
and the Validated Computing Workshop from May 23-25.

The Preregistration Deadline date (April 16, 2002) for your hotel and
SIAM registration is rapidly approaching!

Register NOW with the hotel and benefit from the SIAM room rate of
only $146.00 USD! Register NOW with SIAM and save $60.00 USD off of
your conference registration!

April 16, 2002 is the Deadline and rapidly approaching.

Westin Harbour Castle Hotel
1 Harbour Square
Toronto, Ontario M5J 1A6, Canada
Direct Telephone: 416-869-1600
Fax Reservation: 416-361-7448
Toll Free: 800-WESTIN-1 (US and Canada Only)

SIAM Optimization Conference Webpage:


From: Svetozar Margenov <>
Date: Fri, 5 Apr 2002 18:04:05 +0300 (DST)
Subject: Conference in Bulgaria on Numerical Methods

5th International Conference on Numerical Methods and Applications:
NMA'02 August 20 - 24, 2002, Borovets, BULGARIA

The deadline for paper submission has been extended and the new dates are:

Submission of full papers: May 15, 2002
Notification of acceptance of papers/presentations: June 20, 2002


We strongly recommend to send your abstracts and full papers via e-mail
to the above conference address.

Important: All participants who have submitted their papers following the
first announced deadlines will get the notification of acceptance by May 20.

Svetozar Margenov,
Conference Co-Chair


From: Ider Tseveendorj <>
Date: Thu, 04 Apr 2002 17:50:22 +0200
Subject: Conference in Mongolia on Optimization and Optimal Control


International Conference on Optimization and Optimal
Control, August 13-17, 2002, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

The conference aims to review and discuss the most recent advances and
promising research trends in optimization and optimal control. It will
also feature important applications of optimization in control, economics,
finance, networks, operations research, and other areas of science and


1) Optimization theory, methods and algorithms
2) Global optimization
3) Combinatorial optimization
4) Parametric optimization
5) Optimal control
6) Semidefinite programming
7) Applications of optimization in Engineeering and Economics


R.T. Rockafellar(USA), P.Pardalos(USA),
T.Ibaraki(Japan), O.V. Vasiliev (Russia),
J.Guddat(Germany), A.S.Strekalovsky(Russia)


R. Enkhbat, I. Tsevendorj, P. Pardalos


R.Enkhbat, I.Tsevendorj, Ts.Dashdorj, T.Galbaatar, D.Tsoodol,
Ts.Boldsukh, S.Budnyam, N.Tungalag, S.Nyamzagd, Ts.Sarantuya,
A.Tsookhuu, M.Baasanjav.


Dr. N.Tungalag,
the conference manager,
P.O.BOX 46/635


For more information please contact:

R. Enkhbat (,
I. Tsevendorj (
P. Pardalos (


From: Mihai Dorobantu <>
Date: Mon, 1 Apr 2002 12:28:02 -0500
Subject: Staff Positions at United Technologies Research Center

Openings in the Dynamic Analysis and Optimization Group at the United
Technologies Research Center

The Dynamic Analysis and Optimization Group at the United Technologies
Research Center (UTRC) invites qualified individuals to apply for open
positions. There are several exciting opportunities to join an expanding
group with focus in the areas of analysis and control of nonlinear dynamic
systems, optimization and uncertainty analysis, and multi-scale modeling and
model reduction techniques for large-scale systems.

United Technologies Research Center is an internationally recognized R&D
organization that conducts research across a broad range of technology areas
in support of operating units of United Technologies Corporation (UTC).
These include Otis (elevators), Carrier (heating, air conditioning and
refrigeration), UTC Fuel Cells (fuel cells), Pratt & Whitney (aircraft
engines and industrial gas turbines), Sikorsky (helicopters), and
Hamilton-Sundstrand (aerospace equipment). The Systems department at UTRC is
responsible for research activities at UTC on dynamic systems, controls and
operational research. The activities include the analysis of dynamic
systems, numerical analysis for large-scale systems and reduced-order
modeling, optimization and uncertainty analysis, signal processing,
diagnostics and prognostics. More information on UTRC can be found at

Expertise is desired in the areas of optimization, uncertainty analysis,
reduced-order modeling and the numerical analysis of nonlinear dynamic
systems. The applications currently studied involve multi-phase and
multi-species fluid dynamics, combustion, acoustics, and model-based
controls. Specific duties include the development of analyses and tools in
the areas of nonlinear dynamic analysis (continuation and bifurcation
analysis), homogenization and reduced-order modeling, nonlinear control
strategies, numerical optimization and propagation of uncertainty. The
positions require experience in numerical analysis and computation that is
relevant for large-scale dynamic simulation and analysis.

Each individual in the group participates in a one to three different
projects, all directly contributing to the solution of practical engineering
problems. Most projects are multidisciplinary in nature. The minimum
requirement is a strong background in mathematics and numerical modeling
expertise. A master's degree in applied mathematics, computational physics
or in a relevant engineering discipline plus three years of professional
experience developing and using computational methods for dynamic problems,
developing relevant numerical analysis or constructing control algorithms is
the current qualification expectation. Experience with modeling multi-phase
flows or thermodynamic systems, or the analysis of hierarchical, multi-scale
systems is a plus. A Ph.D. is very desirable. Preference will be given to
candidates with expertise in: 1) numerical methods for simulation and
analysis of large scale dynamical systems, 2) extraction of reduced order
models from partial differential equation models or data, 3) analysis and
synthesis of nonlinear control strategies for large scale systems, 4)
methods in optimization and uncertainty propagation, and 5) demonstrated
ability to work both independently and as a member of multidisciplinary

Dr. Mihai (Mike) Dorobantu
Group Leader
Dynamic Analysis and Optimization
860-610 -7824


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