[PAST EVENT] Colloquium: Algorithms for Large-Scale Macromolecular Simulations of the Cell

October 12, 2012
McGlothlin-Street Hall, Room 20
251 Jamestown Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
Cells contain billions of proteins and other biologically important macromolecules. The simulation of large parts of the cell, or even the complete cell, can lead to invaluable insights on the complex, interrelated processes responsible for life and disease. In this talk, we focus on the Brownian Dynamics method, and the related Stokesian Dynamics method, for simulating the motions of molecules interacting in a fluid medium. The computationally expensive parts of these methods include computing the long-ranged force on each molecule due to the motion of all other molecules. We discuss new numerical methods for reducing the cost and algorithmic complexity of these computations, as well as how these methods may be adapted to run efficiently on high-performance computer architectures.


Professor Chow joined the School of Computational Science and Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology in 2010. Previously, he worked at D. E. Shaw Research in New York (from 2005 to 2010) and at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the Center for Applied Scientific Computing (from 1998 to 2005). He has also taught several courses at Columbia University as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics. He studied at the University of Minnesota (Ph.D., Computer Science, minor in Aerospace Engineering, 1997) and at the University of Waterloo in Canada (Hons. B.A.Sc., Systems Design Engineering, 1993).

Department of Computer Science