I am always looking for students who are interested in research projects. I
tend to focus on parallel programming, scientific visualization and scientific
computation. If you are interested, please contact me.
Current (2017) Projects
- 2016 Sara Sheehan, Information Visualization.
- 2010 Jonathan Conley, Programming the Cell Processor (PS-3 cpu)
Jonathan wrote a series of programs for the Cell Processor. These
included several numerical integration programs and a fractal generator.
Work is continuing on a ray tracer. A PACISE 2011 presentation is expected.
- 2009 Josh Nicely, Cluster Construction
Josh constructed Claymore, at least twice. Josh presented his work
at PACISE in 2009 and won second place at CCUE ($100).
- 2008 Haris Ribic, Parallel Programming Languages.
Haris studied parallel programming, in particular how easy/difficult it
is to produce code in MPI, OpenMP, and UPC. He wrote a number of programs
and compared the performance of the final code. Haris presented at PACISE
- 2007 Jeff Thomas, Parallel Buckeyball code.
In a long term project, Jeff produced an interactive system to generate all
of the permutations of faces of a Buckeyball. This involved parallel
computing, data base programming, and web page interfaces. Jeff presented
in a number of venues including PACISE 2009 and CCUE 2009, where he won
a $200 prize for his work.
- 2007 Jason Kotenko, Quaternions
Jason studied how Quaternions can be used in game engines. He presented at
- 2005 Nate Christy,Study of Parallel Computing
Nate built the visualization cluster littlei,
which has four nodes, and
will be used for experiments with distributed visualization. He then
worked on setting up chromium, DMX and other goodies. Nate has used
OSCAR in this effort.
Nate studied MPI and built a number of example programs.
Nate and I studied molecular dynamics. Nate implemented a
MPI based simulation using the Leonard-Jones potential. He presented
his results at PACISE.
- 2004 Shawn Gabel
Practices for Administering a Linux Based Beowulf Cluster
Shawn and I looked at practices in configuring and tuning cluster
computers. We performed a number of performance tests on our existing
- 2004 Chris Oyesiku, Parallel Distributed Computing
topics in distributed operating systems.
Chris and I looked at algorithms used in distributed systems. We began
by looking at MPI, and Chris created a distributed fractal generating
program. We then studied topics in distributed OS, including clocks,
termination detection, dead lock avoidance, and check pointing. Chris
took a snapshot of a running process.
- 2004 Christopher Falzone,
Introduction to Parallel Programming with MPI.
Chris and I studied MPI, and cluster programming, as well as a good mix
of parallel architectures and some classic parallel algorithms. He wrote
a program to simulate "10,000 Monkeys on Typewriters", to see if they
could reproduce the works of Shakespeare, (they couldn't). He presented a paper and a talk at PACISE 2004.
- 2002/2003 Ryan Chiles, Building A Beowulf Cluster.
Ryan rebuilt the local cluster Braveheart using the oscar resources. He presented
his results at the 2002 Family and Legacy Weekend at Edinboro.
- 2002 Karen Huber, Clock Synchronization of a Distributed Computer System.
Karen studied Christian's and the Berkeley time synchronization algorithms. She wrote a simple program to simulate clock synchronization within a cluster, and demonstrated how these algorithms worked. Her work included a presentation at PACISE in 2001
Some Old/Inactive Projects