Postdoctoral researchers are vital to the Oden Institute’s world-renowned work in interdisciplinary education and research. Every year the Institute looks for outstanding people trained at the interfaces of computer science, mathematics, statistics, high performance computing (HPC), and applying their expertise across science, engineering and medicine for the prestigious Peter O’Donnell, Jr., Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Milinda Fernando is one such Peter O’Donnell, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellow. Before joining the Oden Institute he was a graduate student pursuing his PhD at the school of computing, University of Utah.
His research focuses on developing parallel algorithms and computational methods that enable the effective use of next-generational supercomputers to tackle problems in science and engineering. He is working with Drs. George Biros and Omar Ghattas in the Center for Predictive Engineering and Computational Science.
“With George Biros, I am working on developing scalable algorithms and computational methods for solving the Boltzmann equation, which can be challenging due to higher dimensionality and other numerical constraints,” Fernando said. The above will contribute to the computational techniques for plasma torch modeling, a key research focus of the Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program III (PSAAP III) being led by Oden Institute Deputy Director, Bob Moser.
“George and I worked on developing a GPU-accelerated AMR solver for computational relativity which is accepted to appear as a technical paper at the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis 2022 (SC22).”