Stanford University Unstructured

I’ve been running some of the test cases with the Stanford University Unstructured (SU2, read “S-U-squared”) code to generate CFD data sets to play with. I also recently used SU2 to produce the function evaluation in a Monte Carlo demo I did recently for ME470: Uncertainty Quantification. It’s a very nice set of codes with good documentation. It’s easy to get running — both on your laptop and your cluster.

Also, it turns out that the Tecplot files produced by SU2 are surprisingly easy to work with in Hadoop. Stay tuned for some BIGDATA computations on CFD flow fields (which I hope to finish in time for SIAM CSE).

Matt Knepley is my personal hero

Mathematicians are known to engage in hero worship, and I’m not really an exception.

Matt Knepley is a researcher at Argonne National Labs who works on the award-winning software package PETSc (Portable, Extensible Toolkit for Scientific Computation). It contains a suite of scalable tools for a host of scientific computing problems.

I’ve never met Matt in person, but I suspect that when I do I’ll be a little star struck.