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Staff Publications

TACC staff deploy and operate some of the nation's most powerful supercomputers. They are also researchers themselves, exploring ways to make hardware, software, and networking technologies more useful, usable, and effective. Below, a list of selected publications shows the breadth of research undertaken by the center's team.


2012 Papers

"Dynamic Scheduling for Large-Scale Distributed-Memory Ray Tracing," Paul A. Navrátil, Donald S. Fussell, Calvin Lin and Hank Childs, Proceedings of Eurographics Symposium on Parallel Graphics and Visualization (EGPGV), May, 2012

"PerfExpert and MACPO: Which code segments should (not) be ported to MIC?," Ashay Rane, James Browne, Lars Koesterke, TACC-Intel Highly Parallel Computing Symposium 2012, April, 2012

"Mechanizing the Expert Dense Linear Algebra Developer," Bryan Marker, Andy Terrel, Jack Poulson, Don Batory and Robert van de Geijn, ACM SIGPLAN Symposium on Principles and Practice of Parallel Programming, February, 2012

"ManyClaw: Slicing and dicing Riemann solvers for next generation highly parallel architectures," Andy R. Terrel and Kyle T. Mandli, TACC-Intel Highly Parallel Computing Symposium, February, 2012

"Configurable Data Prefetching Scheme for Interactive Visualization of Large-Scale Volume Data," Byungil Jeong, Paul A. Navrátil, Kelly P. Gaither, Gregory Abram and Gregory P. Johnson, Proceedings of Visualization and Data Analysis (VDA) 2012 8294-17, January, 2012

"The Spike Factorization as Domain Decomposition Method; Equivalent and Variant Approaches," Victor Eijkhout and Robert van de Geijn, High-Performance Scientific Computing 157-169, January, 2012

2011 Papers

"Migrating the TeraGrid User Portal and Website to Liferay," Maytal Dahan, Rion Dooley, Matthew R Hanlon, Patrick M Hurley, Stephen Mock, Praveen Nuthulapati, Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Parallel, Distributed, Grid and Cloud Computing for Engineering Civil-Comp Press, 2011.

"River network routing on the NHDPlus dataset," Cédic H. David and David R. Maidment and Guo-Yue Niu and Zong-Liang Yang and Florence Habets and Victor Eijkhout, Journal of Hydrometeorology, 2011.

"Autonomic Management of Application Workflows On Hybrid Computing Infrastructure," Hyunjoo Kim, Yaakoub El Kamra, Ivan Rodero, Shantenu Jha nad Manish Parashar, Scientific Programming Journal 16, 01/2011.

"Finding stories in the archive through paragraph alignment," Weijia Xu, Maria Esteva, Literary and Linguistic Computing 26(3) Sep. 2011.

"Empirical Evaluation of Excluded Middle Vantage Point Forest on Biological Sequences Workload," Xu, W., Thompson, L. P., Miranker, D.P., Proceedings of 1st workshop in New Trends in Similarity Search (NTSS'11) in conjunction with 14th EDBT 26-31 03/2011.

"Assessing the preservation condition of large and heterogeneous electronic records collections with visualization," Esteva, M., Xu, W., Jain, S.D., Lee, J L, Martin, W K, International Journal of Digital Curation 6(1):45-57 Feb. 2011.

"AutoSCOPE: Automatic Suggestions for Code Optimizations Using PerfExpert," O. A. Sopeju, M. Burtscher, A. Rane, and J. Browne, International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Processing Techniques and Applications 2011.

"Performance optimization of data structures using memory access characterization," A. Rane, J. Browne, IEEE Cluster 2011 2011 09/26-09/30.

"Microstructural Characterization of Wellbore Cements Exposed to Conditions Simulating Carbon Dioxide Geological Sequestration," MIleva Radonjic, M&M 2011 TBA August 9th 2011.

"Benefits of NoSQL Databases for Portals and Science Gateways ," Matthew Hanlon, Rion Dooley, Stephen Mock, Maytal Dahan, Praveen Nuthulapati, Patrick Hurley, TeraGrid 11 Abstract Abstract July 2011.

2010 Papers

"Towards Mechanical Derivation of Krylov Solver Libraries," Victor Eijkhout, Paolo Bientinesi and Robert van de Geijn. 2010.

"Experiences with the Distributed Debugging Tool," Frank Willmore, Carlos Rosales, John Cazes. Pittsburgh, PA: August 5, 2010.

"Memory Efficient, Scalable Ray Tracing (dissertation)," Paul A. Navratil. Austin, TX: August 1, 2010.

"The Bubble Beginning (visualization)," Paul A. Navratil, Jarrett L. Johnson, Volker Bromm. August 2010.

"Plagued By Work: Using Immunity to Manage the Largest Computational Collectives," Lucas A. Wilson, Michael C. Scherger and John A. Lockman III. Vienna, Austria: 2010.

"Comparing the Effects of Varying Methods of Infection Spread in an Immune System-based Scheduler," Lucas A. Wilson, John A. Lockman III, and Michael C. Scherger. July 2010.

"Visualization for Archival Appraisal of Large Digital Collections," Weijia Xu, Suyog Dot Jain, The Hague. June 1-4, 2010.

"Finding Stories in the Archive through Paragraph Alignment," Weijia Xu, Kings College. London, UK: June 2010.

"Introduction to Longhorn and GPU-Based Computing," Paul A. Navratil, Universidade de Minho. Braga, Portugal: May 28, 2010.

"What do we do with the mess? Managing and Preserving Process History in Evolving Digital Archaeological Archive," Jessica Trelogan, Adam Rabinowitz, Stephen Pipkin. Granada, Spain: April 6-9, 2010.

"Large-Scale Visualization at TACC," Paul A. Navratil. March 30, 2010.

"From the Site to Long-Term Preservation: A Reflexive System to Manage and Archive Digital Archaeological Data," Jessica Trelogan, Adam Rabinowitz, Stephen Pipkin, David Walling, The Hague. June 1-4, 2010.

"Application of Alternating Decision Trees in Selecting Sparse Linear Solvers Software Automatic Tuning: From Concepts to the State-of-the-Art Results," S. Bhowmick; V. Eijkhout; Y. Freund; E. Fuentes & D. Keyes; K. Naono; K. Teranishi; J. Cavazos & R. Suda (ed.). 2010.

"A High-Performance Parallel Implementation of the Certified Reduced Basis Method," D. J. Knezevic and J. W. Peterson. 2010.

"High-Fidelity Real-Time Simulation on Deployed Platforms," D.B.P. Huynh, D. J. Knezevic, J.W. Peterson, and A.T. Patera. July 2010.

"Large-Scale Visualization Using A GPU Cluster," Byungil Jeong, Greg Abram, Greg Johnson, Paul Navratil. San Jose: Sep. 20-23, 2010.

"Memory Efficient, Scalable Ray Tracing," Paul A. Navratil. August 2010.

"Modelling DataDriven CO2 Sequestration Using Distributed HPC Cyberinfrastructure: A Case Study," Yaakoub El Khamra, Christopher White, Shantenu Jha. 2010.

"Exploring Application and Infrastructure Adaptaion on Hybrid Grid-Cloud Infrastructure," H Kim, Y Khamra, S Jha and M Parashar. 2010.

"Multiapplication Intertile Synchronization on Ultra-High-Resolution Display Walls," Sungwon Nam, Sachin Deshpande, Venkatram Vishwanath, Byungil Jeong, Luc Renambot, Jason Leigh. Scottsdale, AZ: February 22, 2010.

"Ultrascale Collaborative Visualization Using a Display-Rich Global Cyberinfrastructure," Byungil Jeong, Jason Leigh, Andrew Johnson, Luc Renambot, Maxine Brown, Ratko Jagodic, Sungwon Nam, Hyejung Hur. May/June 2010.

"Machine Learning for Multi-stage Selection of Numerical Methods, " in "New Advances in Machine Learning", Victor Eijkhout and Erika Fuentes. 2010.

"Visualizing Personal Digital Collections," W. Xu, Esteva, M. and S.D. Jain. Australia: June 21-25, 2010.

"From the Site to Long-term Preservation: A Reflexive System to Manage and Archive Digital Archaeological Data," Maria Esteva, Jessica Trelogan, Adam Rabinowitz, David Walling, Stephen Pipkin. June 2010.

"Parallel Adaptive Solution of Coupled RBM Problems with Navier-Slip," J. W. Peterson and G. F. Carey, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids. 2010.

"Multi-resolution simulation of double-diffusive convection in porous media," J. W. Peterson, B. T. Murray, and G. F. Carey, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, volume 20. January 2010.

"Visualization for archival appraisal of large digital collections," Xu, Weijia, Jain Suyog, Maria Esteva. The Netherlands: June 1-4, 2010

"Finding stories in the archive through paragraph alignment," Esteva, Maria. London: July 7-10, 2010

2009 Papers

"Remote Visualization of Large Scale Data for Ultra-High Resolution Display Environments," Sungwon Nam, Byungil Jeong, Luc Renambot, Kelly Gaither, Jason Leigh. Portland, OR: November 16, 2009.

"Composing and Executing Parallel Data-flow Graphs using Shell Pipes," E. Walker, W. Xu and V. Chandar. Portland, OR: November 2009.

"An Autonomic Approach to Integrated HPC Grid and Cloud Usage," Hyunjoo Kim, Yaakoub El Khamra, Shantenu Jha, Manish Parashar, Proceedings of 5 th IEEE International Conference on e-Science (e-Science 2009). Oxford, UK: December 2009.

"Analytical Formulae for Two of A. H. Stroud's Quadrature Rules," W. Peterson. September 2009.

"CO2 Sequestration Using Distributed HPC CyberInfrastructure: A Data Driven Approach," Yaakoub El Khamra Shantenu Jha, Proceedings of 5 th IEEE International Conference on e-Science (e-Science 2009). Oxford, UK: December 2009. PDF

"A Practical Guide to Large Tiled Displays," Paul Navratil, Brandt Westing, Greg Johnson, Ashwini Athalye, Jose Carreno, Freddy Rojas. Las Vegas, NV: Nov/Dec 2009.

"TeraGrid's Integrated Information Services," John-Paul Navarro, Lee Liming, Eric Blau, Jason Brechin, Charlie Catlett, Maytal Dahan, Diana Diehl, Rion Dooley, Warren Smith, et. al.. SC'09. Portland, OR: November 2009.

"Software for the Spectral Analysis of Hot Stars," T. Rauch, I. Nickelt, U. Stampa, M. Demleitner, L. Koesterke. September 2009.

"Endless Possibilities: Digital Collections as Crossroads between the Humanities and the Sciences," Maria Esteva, Weijia Xu, Paul Navratil. University of Porto, Portugal: September 2009.

"Accounting for the Convective Blue-Shifts in the Determination of Absolute Stellar Radial Velocities," Prieto C. Allende, L. Koesterke, I. Ramiraz, H.-G. Ludwig, M. Asplund, Proceedings of the Joint Discussion 10, IAU General Assembly. Rio de Janeiro: September 2009.

"Computational Analysis and Visualization of Electronic Records Collections," Maria Esteva, Weijia Xu, THATCamp. The University of Texas at Austin: August 11, 2009,

"Granulation across the HR diagram," I. Ramirez, Prieto C. Allende, D.L. Lambert, L. Koesterke, M. Asplund, Joint Discussion 10 at the IAU General Assembly. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: August 2009.

"Computational Analysis and Visualization of Electronic Records Collections," Maria Esteva, Weijia Xu, Jaya Sreevalsan-Nair, Ashwini Athalye, Merwan Hade, Joint Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists and the Council of State Archivists. Austin, Texas: August 11, 2009.

"Finding Narratives of Activities through Archival Bond in Electronically Stored Information (ESI)," Maria Esteva, Weijia Xu, Jaya Sreevalsan Nair, Merwan Hade, Ashwini Athalye, Global E-Discovery/E-Disclosure Workshop: A Pre-Conference Workshop at the 12th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law. Barcelona, Spain: August 6, 2009.

"Granulation in K-type dwarf stars. II. Hydrodynamic simulations and 3D spectrum synthesis," Ramirez I., Prieto C. Allende, L. Koesterke, D.L. Lambert, M. Asplund, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Volume 501, Issue 3, pp.1087-1101. July 2009.

"Developing Autonomic Distributed Scientific Applications: A Case Study From History Matching Using Ensemble Kalman-Filters," Yaakoub El-Khamra, Shantenu Jha,, International Conference on Autonomic Computing. June 2009.

"Visual Representation of Multiple Associations in Data using Constrained Graph Layout," W. Xu, and J. Sreevalsan-Nair, Theory and Practice of Computer Graphics. Cardiff University, Wales, UK: June 17-19 2009.

"Inferring intra-organizational collaboration from cosine similarity distributions in text documents," Maria Esteva, Hai Bi, Proceedings of the 9th ACM/IEEE-CS joint conference on Digital libraries. June 15-19, 2009.

"Covariant Evolutionary Event Analysis for Base Interaction Prediction using Relational Database Management System for RNA," W. Xu, S. Ozer, R.R. Gutell, Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Scientific and Statistical Database Management. New Orleans, LA: June 2-4 2009.

"Remote Visualization on Spur and Ranger," Paul Navratil, TeraGrid '09 Conference. Arlington, VA: Jun 22-25, 2009.

"The impact of FUSE on our Understanding of Stellar Post-AGB Evolution," Rauch T., Werner K., Ziegler M., L. Koesterke, Kruk J.W., Oliveira C.M., FUTURE DIRECTIONS IN ULTRAVIOLET SPECTROSCOPY: A Conference Inspired by the Accomplishments of the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer Mission. May 2009.

"Developing Scientific Applications With Loosely-Coupled Sub-Tasks," S.Jha, Y. El Khamra, J. Kim, Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Computational Science: Part I. May 2009.

"Digital Curation Vignettes: Personal, Academic and Organizational Information," Joan Beaudoin, Maria Esteva, Andrea Japzon, Digital Curation Practice, Promise and Prospects. Chapel Hill, NC: April 1-3, 2009.

"UV Spectroscopy of the hybrod PG1159-type central stars of the planetary nebulae NGC 7094 and Abell 43," M. Ziegler, T. Rauch, K. Werner, L Koesterke, J.W. Kruk, Proceedings of JENAM 2008 Symposium No 4: Asteroseismology and Stellar Evolution. March 2009.

"Hybrid MPI/OpenMP Parallel Programming on Clusters of Multi-Core SMP Nodes," R. Rabenseifner, G. Hager, and G. Jost. Weimar, Germany: February 2009.

"Efficient Use of Multi-Core Systems for High Performance Computing," Jost, G., 17th Euromicro International Conference on Parallel, Distributed and Network-based Processing. February 2009.

"Spectroscopic Properties of Granulation in K-type Dwarf Stars," I Ramirez, Prieto C. Allende, M. Asplund, L. Koesterke, D.L. Lambert, American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #213. January 2009.

"A Parallel High-Order Discontinuous Galerkin Shallow Water Model," Claes Eskilsson, Yaakoub El-Khamra, David Rideout, Gabrielle Allen, Q. Jim Chen , and Mayank Tyagi, Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Computational Science: Part I. January 2009.

2008 Papers

"Multi-stage Learning of Linear Algebra Algorithms," Victor Eijkhout and Erika Fuentes, Proceedings of the 2008 Seventh International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications. San Diego, CA: 2008.

"Parallel Adaptive Finite Element Methods for Problems in Natural Convection," J. W. Peterson, University of Texas at Austin Ph.D. Dissertation. May 2008.

"Undisciplined, Natural, and Personal Archives," Beaudoin Joan, Maria Esteva, Andrea Japzon, Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference. Silver Spring, MD: November 6-8, 2008.

"On interactive visualization with relational database," W. Xu and K.P. Gaither, IEEE Information Visualization Conference 2008. Columbus, Ohio: Oct. 24-31, 2008.

"Formation Process and Preservation of a Natural Electronic Archive," Esteva, Maria, Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. October 24-29, 2008.

"The First Stars (visualization), in : "First Stars Were Brutes, but Died Young, Astronomers Say" by Dennis Overbye," Paul A. Navratil, Jarrett L. Johnson, Thomas H. Greif, Volker Bromm, New York Times, print edition. August 1, 2008.

"Remote and Collaborative Visualization on the TeraGrid," Kelly Gaither, Paul Navratil, Joe Insley, TeraGrid '08 Conference. Las Vegas, NV: June 9 - 13, 2008.

"The TACC Administration System," T. Urban, A. Seth and D. Walling, TeraGrid '08 Conference. Las Vegas, NV: June 9-13, 2008.

"Anytime K-Nearest Neighbor Search for Database Applications," W. Xu, D.P. Miranker, S. Ramakrishnan, R. Mao, and W. Willard, First International Workshop on Similarity Search and Applications (sisap 2008). Cajun, Mexico, April 7-12, 2008.

2007 Papers

"Visualization of Cosmological Particle-Based Datasets," Paul A. Navratil, Jarrett L. Johnson, Volker Bromm, IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. Sacramento CA: Oct 28 - Nov 1 2007.

"A Study of Dynamically Adaptive Partitioning for AMR," J. Steensland and J. W. Peterson, Proceedings of the 2007 International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Systems. Las Vegas, NV: June 2007.

"Sparse Direct Factorizations through Unassembled Hyper-Matrices," Paolo Bientinesi; Victor Eijkhout; Kyungjoo Kim; Jason Kurtz; Robert van de Geijn, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering. October 2007. PDF

"Dynamic Ray Scheduling to Improve Ray Coherence and Bandwidth," Paul A. Navratil, Donald S. Fussell, Calvin Lin and William R. Mark, Proceedings of the 2007 IEEE Symposium on Interactive Ray Tracing. Ulm, Germany, Sept 10-12, 2007.

"On a boundary condition for pressure-driven laminar flow of incompressible fluids," William L. Barth and Graham F. Carey. 2007.

"Virtual rheoscopic fluids for flow visualization," William L. Barth and Chris A. Burns. 2007.

"Adaptive finite element methodology for tumor angiogenesis modeling," J. W. Peterson, G. F. Carey, D. J. Knezevic, and B. T. Murray, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, volume 69. February 2007.

2006 Papers

"On a Natural Convection Benchmark Problem in Non-Newtonian Fluids," William L. Barth, Graham F. Carey, Numerical Heat Transfer: Part B: Fundamentals, vol. 50, issue 3, pp. 193-216. 2006.

"An Analysis of Raytracing Bandwidth Comsumption," Paul A. Navratil, William R. Mark. November 2006.

"libMesh: A C++ Library for Parallel Adaptive Mesh Refinement/Coarsening Simulations," B. S. Kirk, J. W. Peterson, R. H. Stogner, and G. F. Carey, EWC, volume 22. December 2006.

"Parallel CFD for Flow and Transport Applications Including Unstructured and Adaptive Grids," G. F. Carey and W. Barth and B. S. Kirk and J. W. Peterson, Proceedings of Parallel. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: October 2005.

"A Numerical Investigation of B\'{e}nard Convection in Small Aspect Ratio Containers," J. W. Peterson, University of Texas at Austin Masters Thesis. May 2003

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TACC Technical Reports

2010 Tech Reports

"Proof-driven derivation of Krylov solver libraries," Victor Eijkhout, Robert van de Geijn, Paolo Bientinesi. June 1, 2010.

2009 Tech Reports

"Evolving Interfaces to Impacting Technology: The Mobile TeraGrid User Portal," Rion Dooley, Stephen Mock, Praveen Nuthulapati, Patrick Hurley and Maytal Dahan. 2009.

"How does an Asymmetric Node Architecture affect Applications? A Simple Method to Gauge the Effects of NUMA on Load-Balancing," Lars Koesterke, Kent Milfeld. June 2009.

"EnVision: A Web-Based Tool for Scientific Visualization," Gregory P. Johnson, Stephen A. Mock, Brandt M. Westing and Gregory S. Johnson. May 2009.

"A Practical Guide to Large Tiled Displays," Paul Navratil, Brandt Westing, Greg Johnson, Ashwini Athalye, Jose Carreno, Freddy Rojas. May 2009.

"TACC Root CA Certification Policy/Certification Practice Statement (CP/CPS)," Murray,M.. February 2009.

"TACC Classic CA Certification Policy/Certification Practice Statement (CP/CPS)," Murray, M.. February 2009.

"Formal Correctness Proof of Automatically Derived Krylov Methods," Paolo Bientinesi and Victor Eijkhout and Maggie Myers and Robert van de Geijn. 2009.

2008 Tech Reports

"The Bubble Beginning (visualization)," Paul A. Navratil, Jarrett L. Johnson, Volker Bromm. Fall 2008.

"Software Architecture of an Intelligent Recommender System," Victor Eijkhout and Erika Fuentes. 2008. PDF

"Transcending the Traditional Organizational Chart - Looking at Office Dynamics in a New Light," Maria Esteva, Paul A. Navratil. August 2008.

"Visualizing Workplace Dynamics from Natural Digital Archives," Paul A. Navratil, Maria Esteva. 2008.

"Formal Derivation of Krylov Methods," Victor Eijkhout and Paolo Bientinesi and Robert van de Geijn. 2008.

2007 Tech Reports

"The Colt Visualization Cluster," Gregory P. Johnson, Paul A. Navratil, David Gignac, Karl W. Schulz, Tommy Minyard. July 2007.

"A Proposed Standard for Numerical Metadata," Victor Eijkhout and Erika Fuentes. 2007. PDF

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