HPCF Cluster tara Places 98th in November 2012 Graph 500 List
November 13, 2012
UMBC Academic Innovation Fellow
Congratulations to Dr. Nagaraj Neerchal, director of CIRC, for winning a grant
from the inaugural Hrabowski Fund for Innovation Competition and being named a
"UMBC Academic Innovation Fellow" by the
Hrabowski Fund for Innovation.
The winning entry is for The Math Gym. A team led by Nagaraj Neerchal,
professor and chair of mathematics and statistics, will develop The Math Gym,
which will feature "conditioning coaches" and "personal trainers" who will help
students keep their foundational math skills in good working order. Moreover,
the gym will promote healthy math habits among all our students, drawing a
clear analogy between the regular work outs and conditioning needed to maintain
both athletic and mathematical skill.
USDA Bovine Lameness Detection Success
August 8, 2012
A team of undergraduate students participating in the Summer 2012
HPC REU Site took on the
to implement and run the
Graph 500 benchmark
to assess the performance of the
HPCF cluster tara.
This benchmark measures performance in accessing memory, as opposed to CPU
performance which is emphasized in more traditional benchmarks for HPC.
The submission was accepted, and tara ranked 98th on the November 2012
list. For details, see the technical report HPCF-2012-11 in our
The ranking was announced at the
conference in Salt Lake City. Pictured are (left to right) the client
David Mountain, mentor Dr. Matthias Gobbert, and students Jordan Angel,
Nathan Wardrip, and Amy Flores, holding the official certificate for the
ranking. Not able to join them at the conference were client Richard
Murphy and student Justine Heritage.
The final report for Phase I of the lameness detection project was submitted to
the USDA this week. We reported a spectacular success using custom machine
learning algorithms developed by CIRC.
Consultant of the Year 2011/2012
April 16, 2012
Congratulations to Jonathan McHenry for being honored as CIRC consultant of the
Dr. Sinha wins University System of Maryland Board of Regents' Award for
Excellence in Research
April 4, 2012
This April, CIRC Collaborator Dr. Bimal Sinha won the 2012-2013 U.S.M. Board of
Regents' Faculty Award for Excellence in Research. Regents' Faculty Awards
publicly recognize distinguished performance on the part of faculty members.
This award is the highest honor presented by the Board of Regents to exemplary
faculty members. The awardees are selected by the Council of University System
Faculty and submitted to the Board of Regents for approval.
Paper by CIRC RA Alen Alexanderian in Top-25 of Journal
January 04, 2012
The paper involving CIRC RA Alen Alexanderian "An Age-Structured Model for the
Spread of Epidemic Cholera:Analysis and Simulation", based on consulting work
in Fall 2007 and published in Fall 2011 in the journal Nonlinear
Analysis: Real World Applications
, was listed as number 4 under the 25
most downloaded articles of this journal! The full citation of the paper is
Alen Alexanderian, Matthias K. Gobbert, K. Renee Fister, Holly Gaff, Suzanne
Lenhart, and Elsa Schaefer. An Age-Structured Model for the Spread of Epidemic
Cholera: Analysis and Simulation. Nonlinear Analysis: Real World
, vol. 12, no. 6, pp. 3483-3498, 2011.
Link to Elsevier's ScienceDirect Service for this article
preprint in PDF-format
Dr. Nagaraj Neerchal Appointed Entrepreneurship Fellow
September 01, 2011
Special MATLAB Workshop for Graduate Students
November 11, 2011
Jonathan McHenry led a special MATLAB Workshop in ENGR 122 from 4-7pm,
with tutoring support from Zana Coulibaly and Xuan Huang. A prepared
demonstration of numerical computation in MATLAB, and advanced
programming techniques in MATLAB were presented. In addition, Jonathan,
Zana, and Xuan gave individualized tutoring and assistance.
Funding for this event was provided by the UMBC Graduate School.
CIRC Director Dr. Nagaraj Neerchal was appointed Entrepreneurship Fellow for
2012 by the Alex. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship, along with Dr. Amy Froide
(History) and Dr. George Karabatis (IS). Entrepreneurship Fellows raise the
profile of entrepreneurship on campus, for which Dr. Neerchal is a clear
prototype with his engagement in CIRC.
Consultant of the Year 2010/2011
Congratulations to Merve Gurlu for being honored as CIRC consultant of the
UMBC Hosts 5th Annual Probability and Statistics Day
April 22-23, 2011
The 5th Probability and Statistics Day was held at UMBC April 22-23. Attendees
traveled from accross the country and world to participate. The event included
an afternoon workshop on Friday and a conference on Saturday. The conference
included student talks and posters, invited speakers, an awards ceremony, and
banquet dinner. More information about the event is available at the
Probability and Statistics Day webpage
, hosted by CIRC.
CIRC's Elizabeth Stanwyck Defends PhD Thesis
February 25, 2011
Former CIRC RA and current CIRC staff member Elizabeth Stanwyck successfully
defended her PhD thesis titled A Statistical Study of the Effects of Ambient
Air Pollution on Children's Health
. A reception was held after the
February 24, 2011
This spring semester CIRC was again able to host a
by a COMSOL engineer. It provided an introduction and hands on opportunity to
test out the newest version of COMSOL Multiphysics. The workshop had a good
turn out with approximately 20 participants attending either the morning or
Spring 2011 Workshop Schedule
February 2, 2011
Spring 2011 schedule of software workshops
has been posted. It includes
again more advanced topics in the use of the software package MATLAB as well as
an introduction to popular statisitical packages such as R. These workshops
are a service of CIRC in cooperation with the Division of Information
COMSOL Conference 2010 Boston
October 6-9, 2010
HPCF RA David Trott and Dr. Matthias Gobbert attended the
in Boston, where they presented the paper
Conducting finite element convergence studies using COMSOL 4.0
This is an example of the cross collaboration between CIRC and HPCF.
Fall 2010 Workshop Schedule
August 27, 2010
The Fall 2010 schedule of software
has been posted. It includes again an introduction to the most
popular scientific software package MATLAB. These workshops are a service of
CIRC in cooperation with the Division of Information Technology.
Consultants of the Year
May 7, 2010
Dr. Nagaraj K. Neerchal Elected Fellow of the ASA |
August 03, 2010
Dr. Nagaraj K. Neerchal, co-director of CIRC, was elected Fellow of the
American Statistical Association (ASA). This honor recognizes the
professional contributions of members of the ASA and is limited to one-third
of one percent of the ASA membership. The photo shows him receiving the honor
in a ceremony held during the Joint Statistical Meetings in Vancouver.
Congratulations to Navneet Sushon and Airong Yu for being honored as CIRC
consultants of the year! Both students were recognized for their
accomplishments at the fifth annual CNMS Student Recognition Day.
Dr. Matthias Gobbert Wins University System Award for Mentoring
April 16, 2010
Great COMSOL Workshop
April 8, 2010
Dr. Matthias Gobbert is the recipient of the 2010 University System of
Maryland Board of Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentoring, in
recognition of his success in using the Center for Interdisciplinary Research
and Consulting, the UMBC High Performance Computing Facility, and other
initiatives in leading many graduate students to their first publications.
Dr. Gobbert was honored at the UMBC Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony on
April 07, and the award was formally given as part of the Board of Regents
meeting on April 16. The photo shows (from left to right) Board of Regents
Chair Clifford M. Kendall, UMBC Provost Elliot Hirshman, Dr. Gobbert, and
University System Chancellor William Brit Kirwan at the Regents meeting.
The Spring 2010 semester's COMSOL Multiphysics Workshop, presented by a COMSOL
engineer and hosted by CIRC, had the best turnout ever! A total of 38
partipants attended either the morning or afternoon workshop.
September 24, 2009
The Basic Programming in MATLAB workshop, one of a series of MATLAB workshops
offered by CIRC, drew a record turnout this past Wednesday. Thank you to the
40+ attendees who made this workshop a huge success! We hope to see you again
at future workshops.
CIRC Releases New Webpage
September 01, 2009
CIRC releases its new webpage design at www.umbc.edu/circ. The new, more
flexible design features more attractive visuals and a current look tied in
with UMBC's colors. The directors of CIRC thank Navneet Sushon for her tireless
work on the design and its efficient implementation.