NA Digest Saturday, July 5, 2003 Volume 03 : Issue 27

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Cleve Moler
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From: Victoria Howle <>
Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2003 18:12:14 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: AWM Essay Contest

Call for Entries and Volunteers:

Third Annual Association for Women in Mathematics Essay Contest:
Biographies of Contemporary Women in Mathematics

To increase awareness of women's ongoing contributions to the
mathematical sciences, the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM)
is sponsoring an essay contest for biographies of contemporary women
mathematicians and statisticians in academic, industrial, and
government careers.

The contest is open to all students in the following categories: 6th
through 8th grade, 9th through 12th grade, and Undergraduate. At
least one winning entry will be chosen from each category. Winners
will receive a prize, and their essays will be published online at the
AWM web site. A grand prize winner will have his or her entry
published in the AWM Newsletter as well. The deadline for entries is
October 31, 2003.

We are currently seeking women in mathematical careers to volunteer as
the subjects of these essays.

For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, go to

or contact Dr. Victoria Howle, the contest organizer, by email at

Thank you,

Victoria Howle


From: Robert A. van de Geijn <>
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2003 10:27:02 -0500
Subject: Complete BLAS Library for AMD Opteron

We would like to make the NA Digest community aware of the following recent
development regarding the "GOTO BLAS":

- A full BLAS library for the AMD Opteron is now available.

With this addition, the GOTO BLAS project now includes partial and/or
complete libraries for
- Intel Pentium (R) III and 4 processors
- Intel Itanium (R) and Itanium (R) 2 processors
- IBM Power 3 and 4 processors
- AMD Opteron
- a number of DEC/Compaq/HP alpha processors

For most of these libraries, single and multi-treaded versions are avaible.

It is our belief that on all these platforms, these libraries attain the
highest performance available, at least for matrix-matrix multiplication and
in most cases for all the important operations. A number of the top-10
entries in the TOP500 used these libraries for their benchmark effort

For further details, please visit

Best Regards,
Kazushige Goto
Visiting Scientist

Robert van de Geijn
Professor of Computer Sciences


From: James Blowey <>
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2003 17:05:12 +0100 (BST)
Subject: New Book, Frontiers in Numerical Analysis

Frontiers in Numerical Analysis (Durham 2002)
Editors: Blowey, J.; Craig, A. and Shardlow, T.
2003 XIII, 349 p. Softcover
ISBN: 3-540-44319-3
Recommended Retail Price: EUR 49.95

This book contains detailed lecture notes on six topics at the forefront
of current research in numerical analysis and applied mathematics. Each
set of notes presents a self-contained guide to a current research area
and has an extensive bibliography. In addition, most of the notes
contain detailed proofs of the key results. The notes start from a level
suitable for first year graduate students in applied mathematics,
mathematical analysis or numerical analysis and proceed to current
research topics. The reader should therefore be able to gain quickly an
insight into the important results and techniques in each area without
recourse to the large research literature. Current (unsolved) problems
are also described and directions for future research are given. This
book is also suitable for professional mathematicians who require a
succint and accurate account of recent research in areas parallel to
their own and graduates in mathematical sciences.

Keywords: finite element approximation, mean curvature flow, multiscale
solutions, symplectic integration, eigenvalue problems, control
problems, optimization


Franco Brezzi and Donatella Marini: Subgrid Phenomena and Numerical
Schemes.- Franco Brezzi: Stability of Saddle-points in
Finite Dimensions. Klaus Deckelnick and Gerhard Dziuk: Mean
Curvature Flow.- Nicholas I.M. Gould and Sven Leyffer: An Introduction
to Algorithms for Nonlinear Optimization.- Ernst Hairer and Martin
Hairer: Matlab Programs for Geometric Numerical Integration.- Thomas Y.
Hou: Numerical Approximations to Multiscale Solutions in Partial
Differential Equations.- Volker Mehrmann: Numerical Methods for
Eigenvalue and Control Problems.

Available at:


From: Kirsten Wilden <>
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2003 08:32:19 -0400
Subject: SIAM Conference on Mathematics for Industry

Conference Name: SIAM Conference on Mathematics for Industry:
Challenges and Frontiers (MI03)

Location: The Metropolitan Hotel, Toronto, Canada

New Dates: October 13-15, 2003

New registration deadline!

Pre-Registration Deadline is Monday, September 15, 2003.

Registration for this conference is available at:

For additional information, contact SIAM Conference Department at


From: Darrell Ross <>
Date: Wed, 02 Jul 2003 10:55:33 -0400
Subject: SIAM Conference on Mathematical Aspects of Materials Science

Call for Papers!

SIAM Conference on Mathematical Aspects of Materials Science (MS04)
Hyatt Regency Los Angeles at Macy's Plaza
Los Angeles, California

The conference gathers an interdisciplinary group working on the
development and application of sound mathematical and computational
methods in the scientific study and practical exploitation of materials.

The Call for Presentations for this conference is now available at:

For additional information, contact SIAM Conference Department at


From: Karin Mautner <>
Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2003 15:53:19 +0200
Subject: Summer School in Cape Town on Compuational Mechanics

International Summer School
on Computational Mechanics
Modelling, Mathematical Analysis, Algorithms

19 - 30 January 2004
University of Cape Town, South Africa


A great many engineering applications involve the use of numerical simulations
for purposes of analysis and design, and to establish their quality,
durability and safety. The basis of the most frequently employed software
packages is the approximation by means of discretization in space and/or time
of a system of partial differential equations. The method most frequently
used for these purposes is the finite element method. In all cases there
exists a discretization error which can be small or large, of minor or
dominating significance.

It is the aim of the International Summer School on Computational Mechanics to
provide a direct introduction to reliable and efficient computation and error
control in numerical simulations. The topics range from elementary functional
analysis and the finite element method, in week one, to advanced topics such
as adaptive finite element techniques and computational plasticity in week
two. Tutorials accompany the lectures and participants are introduced to
implementational aspects of the finite element method in the spirit of the

J. Alberty, C. Carstensen and S. Funken, Remarks around 50 lines of Matlab:
Short finite element implementation,
Numerical Algorithms 20 (1999) 117-137.

Postgraduate students of engineering, pure and applied mathematics, and the
physical sciences, are welcome if interested in gaining a understanding of
how and why the finite element method works, and the circumstances under
which finite element schemes are guaranteed to converge. They should be
willing also to gain an understanding of the necessary mathematical tools

Lecturers to date are

Carsten Carstensen, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Francois Ebobisse,University of Cape Town, South Africa
Jean Lubuma, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Daya Reddy, University of Cape Town, South Africa
John Whiteman, Brunel University, United Kingdom

Further information can be found at:


From: Mike Minkoff <>
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2003 17:22:17 -0500
Subject: Postdoctoral Position at Texas Tech University


COMPUTATION is available at Texas Tech University, in the group of
Bill Poirier, in conjunction with the Department of Energy (DoE)'s

The project concerns the development of quantum dynamics techniques
for MASSIVELY PARALLEL supercomputers, to enable REACTION DYNAMICS
and rovibrational SPECTROSCOPY calculations for larger polyatomic
systems than have heretofore been realized. Specific application
areas of interest include the computation of RATE CONSTANTS for
four-to-six-atom reactions pertinent to COMBUSTION and ATMOSPHERIC
chemistry, and the vibrational dynamics of ATOMIC CLUSTERS.

This project is funded under a DoE initiative to develop a nation-
wide software infrastructure for scientific computing on massively
parallel systems, and relates to two components of that ongoing
program: (1) accurate calculations for thermochemistry, kinetics,
and dynamics; (2) terascale optimal solvers for partial differential
equations. It will be conducted in collaboration with researchers in
both the Chemistry Division and the the Math and Computer Science
Division of ANL (Al Wagner and Mike Minkoff), and will
involve extended summer visits to ANL facilities near Chicago.

The Poirier group has ample space and computing facilities. We have
three labs/offices with 1200 square feet of space, one Compaq ES45
server with four CPUs and 32 GB RAM (all accessible to a single CPU),
and four dual-processor Compaq alphas with 4 GB RAM each. We also have
access to Beowulf and SGI clusters at the TTU High Performance Computing
Facility. We are also designated power users of the ANL LCRC/JAZZ
facility (350-CPU), and will have access to the 6000-CPU IBM SP
Seaborg facility at NERSC in Berkeley, CA.

The ideal candidates will have a strong background in both theoretical
CHEMISTRY and COMPUTER SCIENCE, especially parallel programming in the
context of numerical calculations. A quantum dynamics background is
desirable, but not mandatory. Some quantum chemistry experience would
also be a helpful, as would good analytical/mathematical skills.

The initial appointment(s) will be for one year, with possible renewal
for two or more years. Interested candidates should send a CV to the
address listed below, and should also arrange to have two or more letters
of recommendation sent. Please send all correspondence to:

Bill Poirier
Texas Tech University
Department of Chemistry
Box 41061
Lubbock, TX 79409-1061

tel: 806-742-3099
fax: 806-742-1289

You can learn more at the following web sites:


From: George Anastassiou <>
Date: Wed, 02 Jul 2003 14:41:15 -0500
Subject: Contents, Journal of Computational Analysis and Applications

Table of Contents
July 2003 J. of Computational Analysis and Applications,Vol.5.,No.3

1)"On Nonlinear operator Approximation with preassigned accuracy",

2)"Method of best successive Approximation for Nonlinear operators",

3)"Summation of some Trigonometric and Schlomilch series",M.S.Stankovic,

4)"Differentiation of multivariable composite functions and Bell polynomials",


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