New Job from August 2014

I am starting a new position tomorrow — and will convert into a geophysicist (watch this for some background info). These are my new utensils:The geologist utensils

Ok, seriously:
I wish to thank the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation for supporting me over the last two years.
Particularly, I wish to thank Prof. Christian Hafner and the Institute of Electromagnetic Fields at ETH Zurich. Prof. Hafner was as welcoming as anyone can possibly be. Experiencing how he still enjoys his research after more than 35 years made a strong impression on me. Thank you!

Starting from August I am with the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics group of Prof. Tackley at ETH. They give me the opportunity to join the GeoPC project, which deals with infrastructure development for hybrid parallel smoothers for multigrid preconditioners. GeoPC is part of the larger PASC (Platform for Advanced Scientific Computing) initiative. The abstract of the project proposal reads:

The GeoPC project is developing computational infrastructure to enable massively parallel, scalable smoothers and coarse grid solvers to be used within multigrid preconditioners. This infrastructure is intended to (i) facilitate the execution of high resolution, 3D geodynamic models of the planetary evolution; (ii) provide the Earth Science community (and others) with a suite of continually maintained and re-usable HPC components to build robust multi-level preconditioners (iii) position Swiss computational geosciences in the emerging exa-scale era.

GeoPC is a PASC co-design project involving the University of Lugano (USI), the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), University of Chicago (UC), Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), as well as other stakeholders.

Our developments will become part of PETSc, the Portable, Extensible Toolkit for
Scientific Computation. I am very much looking forward to contributing to a library as renowned as PETSc!

My new coordinates are:
ETH Zurich
Institute of Geophysics – Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
NO H23, Sonneggstrasse 5, 8092 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 44 632 0244

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