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Current Personnel


Yifeng Cui
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Dr. Yifeng Cui is the founding Director of HPGeoC, and an adjunct professor at San Diego State University. He has general research interests in high performance computing, with expertise in parallelization, optimization, and performance evaluation on both massively parallel and vector machines. He is also currently a director of Intel Parallel Computing Center at SDSC. Cui earned his Ph.D. in hydrology from the University of Freiburg, Germany.


Alexander Breuer
Personal Webpage
Alexander Breuer successfully finished his doctoral studies at Technische Universität München in 2015. Alexander’s research covers optimizations in the entire simulation pipeline. This includes node-level performance leveraging SIMD-paradigms, hybrid and heterogeneous parallelization up to machine-size and co-design of numerics and large-scale optimizations. In 2014 Alexander was honored with an ACM/IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship. In addition he and his collaborators have been awarded with the PRACE ISC Award and nominated as ACM Gordon Bell finalists for their outstanding end-to-end performance reengineering of the seismic software package SeisSol.

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Amit Chourasia
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Amit Chourasia is lead of Visualization Services at SDSC. His work centers around the development and application of software tools that allow simulation of massively large data sets produced by scientific and engineering applications. His academic research is in animation, computer graphics, and visualization. He holds a Baccalaureate degree in architecture and a Master's degree in Computers Graphics Technology.


Dawei Mu
Dawei Mu Ph.D., is a computational geophysicist, with years of heterogeneous computation programming experience. He received his Ph.D from University of Wyoming in 2015 and worked on many projects like developing paralleled, GPU-enabled software with Discontinuous Galerkin method program, joint seismic/EM inversion program and discontinuous mesh adapted Finite Difference method program. His research interest is focused on developing high performance scientific software with hybrid computational environment.


Marcus Noack
Marcus Noack finished his degree in geophysics at the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena/Germany in 2013. Currently working as an industrial PhD Candidate at Simula Research Laboratory in Oslo, he is able to pursue his interests in the theory of wave propagation and inversion. For the past two years he has been connecting his knowledge in theoretical and numerical geophysics to High Performance Computing to create efficient methods to model wave motion.


Dmitry Pekurovsky
Dmitry Pekurovsky Ph.D., is a senior computational scientist with training in Theoretical/Computational High Energy Physics and many years of experience in High Performance Computing. He has worked on a number of projects in diverse areas such as Lattice QCD, Bioinformatics, Turbulence and Oceanography. He is the author of numerical library P3DFFT His interests include code optimization, performance evaluation, open source software, numerical libraries and enabling large-scale simulations.


Daniel Roten
Daniel Roten is a computational seismologist. Prior to SDSC, he was a senior research and lecturer with Swiss Seismological Service, ETH Zuerich. He received his Ph.D in seismology from ETH in 2007. Daniel has a joint research appointment at San Diego State.


Hui Zhou, Visiting Scholar
Hui Zhou is a visiting scholar from Second Monitoring and Application Center, China Earthquake Administration (CEA), who received his Masters Degree in CS from Chang'an University in 2009. His research interest is focused on seismic wave simulation with heterogeneous computation technology.



Arjun Srinivasan
Arjun Srinivasan is a High Performance Computing Research Assistant at SDSC. He is currently a second year undergraduate student at UC San Diego majoring in Computer Science. His work focuses on assisting the development, testing, and maintenance of seismic wave propogation software, and running this software on powerful supercomputers.


Josh Tobin
Josh Tobin is a PhD student in the Department of Mathematics, UCSD. He got his Masters degree at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, where he worked in the Mathematical Neuroscience Group. His current research centers around spectral graph theory and its applications.


Gautam Wilkins
Gautam is currently a PhD student in the Department of Mathematics at UC San Diego. He received B.A. Degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from UC Berkeley. His research focus is in computational algorithms for uncertainty quantification.


Steve Zhao
Steve Zhao is currently a second year undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science at UC San Diego. He is an undergraduate research volunteer for the team working on developing and testing the seismic wave propagation software.

Alumni & Visitors

Layton Chen, UCSD

Dr. Dong Ju Choi, SDSC

Dr. Sashka Davis, UCSD

Sweta Gupta, UCSD

Susan He, UBC

Dr. Yuanfang Hu, eBay, Meituan

Dr. Timothy Kaiser , CSM

Shashank Kaushik, UCSD

Dr. Kwanhyoon Lee, Qualcomm

Barry Lockwood, UCSD

Dr. Hieu Nguyen, UCI

Marcus Noack, SRL

Jiyang Yu, UCSD

Efecan Poyraz, Google

Dr. Joey Reed, UCSD

Troy Smith, UQueensland

Dr. Shiyu Song, Baidu

Dr. Heming Xu, Fico

Dr. Cathy Zeng, EtonBio

Jun Zhou, Baidu

Jing Zhu, TeraData

External Collaborators

Dr. Scott Baden , Professor of Computer Science, University of California, San Diego

Dr. Xing Cai , Professor, Simula Research Laboratory, University of Oslo

Dr. Po Chen, Associate Professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Wyoming

Dr. Zizhong Chen, Associate Professor of Computer Science, University of California, Riverside

Dr. Steven M. Day, Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences, San Diego State University

Dr. James Dieterich , Professor of Geophysics, Department of Earth Sciences, University of California, Riverside`

Dr. Pradeep Dubey, Director of Parallel Computing Lab, Intel

Dr. Thomas Jordan , Professor in Geological Sciences, Director of Southern California Earthquake Center, University of Southern California

Dr. Timothy Kaiser , Director of High Performance and Research Computing, Colorado School of Mines

Mr. Philip Maechling , Information Technology Architect, Southern California Earthquake Center

Dr. Jean-Bernard Minster , Professor, Scripps Institute of Oceanography/University of California, San Diego

Dr. Kengo Nakajima, Professor, Supercomputing Division, The University of Tokyo

Dr. Kim Olsen, Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences, San Diego State University

Dr. Dhabaleswar K. Panda , Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University