NA Digest Sunday, December 4, 1988 Volume 88 : Issue 48

Today's Editor: Cleve Moler

Today's Topics:


From: David Levine <>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 88 16:41:13 CST
Subject: Argonne Parallel Programming Class

Argonne National Laboratory has set up the Advanced Computing Research
Facility (ACRF) for the study of parallel computing. To encourage the
use of the ACRF, Argonne will be offering classes on parallel computing
to familiarize potential users with the ACRF multiprocessors and parallel
programming in general. Topics to be covered include:

1) Parallelizing compilers.
2) The Monitor and Schedule packages for portable parallel programming.
3) Hypercube programming.
4) DAP Programming.
5) Connection Machine Programming.

A portion of the third day will be devoted to each attendee's particular
project. The format of the course is alternating lectures and hands-on
work with the parallel computers in the ACRF. At its completion participants
will have written and run programs on each machine, and should be familiar
with the ACRF environment. Fortran will be emphasized as the primary
programming language. Knowledge of Fortran and Unix will be assumed.

The upcoming schedule of classes is:

January 18-20, 1989
March 15-17, 1989
May 3-5, 1989
June 21-23, 1989
August 16-18, 1989
October 11-13, 1989

Parallel computers currently in the ACRF are:

2-processor Ardent Titan
8-processor Alliant FX/8
16-processor Intel iPSC-VX hypercube
20-processor Encore Multimax
24-processor Sequent Balance 21000
32-processor Intel iPSC hypercube
1024-processor Active Memory Technology DAP
16384-processor Thinking Machines CM-2

Those interested in the classes should contact

Teri Huml
Mathematics and Computer Science Division
Argonne National Laboratory
Argonne, IL 60439-4844
(312) 972-7163

There will be a $25.00 charge for the class.
No financial support is available.


From: Jerry Berkman <jerry@violet.Berkeley.EDU>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 88 16:12:39 PST
Subject: Manager of Supercomputing Support at Berkeley

Please distribute this to anyone at your site who you think might
be interested. Thank you.

The University of California at Berkeley is recruiting for the position
of Manager of the Supercomputing Support Group. The salary range currently
associated with the position is $49,600-$74,400, although the starting salary
for such positions is usually at or below the midpoint of the range ($62,000)
and depends upon the qualifications and salary history of the applicant.

We anticipate that an initial review of the applications received will
occur on December 16. For further information, please contact Joe Yeaton
at 415-642-2521 or (please do not respond to me).
A brief description of the responsibilities of the position and requested
qualifications follows.

Duties and Responsibilities:

-- Responsible for support of the campus Cray X-MP/14
supercomputer and associated software, including the Unicos
operating system, compilers, and mathematical and other
software. Manage a group of systems programmers and user
support analysts who maintain and enhance this software and
who provide assistance to campus users of supercomputers.
Coordinate activities of UC staff and on-site vendor support
personnel to maximize availability and responsiveness of the
service. Promote effective use of the Cray through classes,
documentation, and other assistance to users in porting and
vectorizing code and in the use of libraries and applica-
tions packages. Work with faculty to identify current and
future campus needs for supercomputing and develop strate-
gies for meeting these needs, including access to off-campus
resources and enhancements to campus facilities.

Desired qualifications:

--- Masters degree in computer science, or in a scientific
or engineering discipline (or equivalent combination of edu-
cation and experience). Experience with large-scale scien-
tific application codes and FORTRAN required. Experience
with administration of a supercomputer facility, supervisory
experience and strong written and oral communications skills
required. Ability to work well with faculty, staff, and
vendor personnel required. In-depth knowledge of the Unicos
operating system desired. Knowledge of supercomputer net-
working and mass storage systems, IBM VM/CMS and MVS, the
internet protocols and NSC Hyperchannel also desired.


From: Kerny McLaughlin <>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 1988 9:13:21 EST
Subject: Complexity of Approximately Solved Problems


Third Symposium on Complexity of Approximately Solved Problems

April 3-5, 1989


Kenneth Arrow
Department of Economics
Stanford University
Stanford, California

Jerome Feldman
International Computer Science Institute
147 Center Street
Berkeley, California

Richard Karp
Computer Science Department
University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, California

Christos Papadimitriou
Computer Science Department
University of California at San Diego
San Diego, California

Steven Smale
Mathematics Department
University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, California

Joseph Traub
Computer Science Department
Columbia University
New York, New York

Henryk Wozniakowski
Computer Science Department
Columbia University
New York, New York

Donald Ylvisaker
Statistics Department
University of California at Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California


Average Case Analysis of Algorithms Neural Nets
Computational Complexity Optimal Recovery
Computer Vision Parallel Computation
Connectionist Models Prediction and Estimation
Continuous Complexity Random Algorithms
Decision Theory Random Complexity
Design of Experiment Robotics
Distributed Complexity Scientific Computation
Information-Based Complexity Seismology
Inverse Problems Signal Processing
Mathematical Economics

INVITED SPEAKERS: Invitations have been sent to the invited speakers.
A list of invited speakers will be posted in one to two months.

CONTRIBUTED PAPERS: All appropriate papers for which abstracts are
contributed will be scheduled. Contributed papers will be twenty
minutes in length. This is the same length as invited papers.
Contributed papers will be presented in parallel sessions.

To contribute a paper send title, author, affiliation, and abstract on
a single 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper or by electronic mail.

The above can be sent by U.S. mail or electronic mail to:

J.F. Traub
Computer Science Department
Columbia University
450 Computer Science Building
New York, New York 10027

Electronic Mail:


PUBLICATION: Invited papers will be published in the Journal of Complexity.

REGISTRATION: The symposium will be held in the Kellogg Conference
Center, on the fifteenth floor of the International Affairs Building,
Columbia University, 118th Street and Amsterdam Avenue. Registration
will start at 9:00 a.m. THERE IS NO REGISTRATION CHARGE.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: The program schedule will be sent
electronically about March 1, 1989. If you have any questions,
contact Kerny McLaughlin, Computer Science Department, Columbia
University, (212) 854-2736.

To help us plan the symposium please complete the information
below and return by U.S. Mail to Traub or by electronic mail to

April 3-5, 1989

[ ] I will attend the Complexity Symposium.
[ ] I may attend the Complexity Symposium.
[ ] I will contribute a paper.


From: Arthur Wouk <>
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 88 10:58:04
Subject: Army High Performance Computing Research Center

Army High Performance Computing Research Center

So far, almost NO universities have contacted the procurement people
listed at the end of the flier about the AHPCRC which appeared in
Commerce Business Daily on 21/22 November and was distributed on nanet
some what before that date. It is important that this contact be made
by someone at your institution because all information about where and
when the pre-solicitation meeting will be, and early versions of the
statement of work for the proposed center will be forthcoming from
THEM. If your institution is interested, you have to get involved now.

The current date for the pre-solicitation meeting is January 10 at
Adelphi, Maryland (just outside the Beltway in Washington, DC.) If you
are in contact with them, a preliminary statement of work may be
available prior to that date, which would be helpful to prospective

If you require any further information from the Army Research Office
from Dec. 1 to Dec 15, please call Dr. Jagdish Chandra at
919-559-0641. I will be back as and/or after Dec 14, I hope. I also respond to the same


From: Manfred Trummer <>
Date: 30 Nov 88 11:22 -0800
Subject: Discrete Laplace Transform

Someone here at SFU working in population dynamics
wants to use discrete Laplace transforms.
He would be very greatful for important references you
can provide, and any pointers to existing codes.
Please direct your replies to na.trummer.
--Manfred Trummer


From: Ralph Byers <byers%ukanvax.bitnet@Forsythe.Stanford.EDU>
Date: Thu, 1 Dec 1988 12:47:21.32 CST
Subject: Position at the University of Kansas

Department of Mathematics
University of Kansas

Applications are invited for tenure-track and temporary
positions at all levels, commencing August 16, 1989 or as
negotiated. Field is unrestricted but preference will be
given to numerical analysis, probability/statistics and to
areas meshing well with the department's needs. A Ph.D. (or
Ph.D. dissertation accepted with only formalities to be
completed) is required.

Application, detailed resume with description of research
and three recommendation letters should be sent to C. J.
Himmelberg, Chairman, Department of Mathematics, University
of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045-2142.

For details, contact Ralph Byers at the above address, by
email at byers@ukanvax.bitnet or by telephone (913)864-3651.

Deadlines: December 1, 1988 for first consideration, then
monthly until August 1, 1989.

The University of Kansas is an AA/EOE.


From: Warren Ferguson <smu!ferguson@uunet.UU.NET>
Date: Thu, 1 Dec 88 15:25:10 CST
Subject: Software for 8087 Emulation

I am looking for information on the availability of software
packages emulating the INTEL 8087. Can anyone help me with
addresses and/or telephone numbers?

Warren Ferguson
Southern Methodist University
Mathematics Department
Dallas, TX 75275


From: Biswa Datta <niuvax!>
Date: Fri, 2 Dec 88 10:39:13 CST
Subject: Visiting Position for a Chinese Numerical Linear Algebraist

During my recent visit to China, a well-known chinese numerical linear
algebraist Professor Erxiong Jiang expressed his interest in visiting
a North-American university for a part or whole of the academic year
1989-1990. Professor Jiang visited University of California, Berkeley
during 1979-1981 and collaborated with Professors Parlett and Kahan.
I believe Professor Jiang will be an excellent visitor.
Here is the address to comunicate with Professor Jiang :

Professor Jiang Erxiong
Deaprtment of Mathematics
Fudan University
Sanghai, Pepole Republic of China

I have a copy of Professor Jiang's vita in case any one needs it fast.

Biswa Nath Datta
e-mail: niuvax!


From: Joe Oliger <>
Date: Fri, 2 Dec 88 12:23:05 PST
Subject: Positions at Stanford


Stanford University solicits application for one or more faculty positions
for its Scientific Computing and Computational Mathematics (SC/CM) Program.
Appointments will be made in or jointly between the Departments of
Computer Science, fields of Engineering and Mathematics as appropriate
for individuals appointed.
The SC/CM Program is a graduate program offering M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.
This program is devoted to interdisciplinary scientific issues arising
in the computer simulation or analysis of systems arising in the sciences.
Persons at both junior and senior levels will be considered, and an
outstanding record of achievement, commensurate with the proposed level,
is expected.

Candidates are expected to have a commitment to excellence in teaching
and a record of competence in research.
We are especially interested in candidates with research interests in
finite element methods for partial differential equations and
computational optimization, but encourage those with other interests
to apply.

Candidates should send a vita and names of at least four references to:
Prof. Joseph Oliger
Department of Computer Science
Stanford University
Stanford, CA \quad 94305.

Stanford is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


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