• IU receives $1.9M to lead computer science team for shockwave physics project

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Indiana University Center for Research in Extreme Scale Technologies (CREST) recently received a $1.9 million award to lead the computer science team of a new collaborative research project with the University of Notre Dame and Purdue University.

    CREST will work to develop the execution model, software and programming methods for scientists using computer simulations to study how shockwaves travel through reactive materials. CREST will be a subcontractor for Notre Dame, whose Center for Shock Wave-processing of Advanced Reactive Materials has been named a US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Single-Discipline Center – which comes with $1.6 million funding a year for five years under the Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program II (PSAAP II). Purdue experimental physicists will test the accuracy of the computer simulation models.

    Hear Thomas Sterling and Andrew Lumsdaine discuss the award.

    “This project is exciting on many levels,” said Andrew Lumsdaine, CREST director, professor in the IU School of Informatics and Computing (SOIC) and principal investigator and overall computer science lead for the IU award. “It’s a rare opportunity to close the loop between creating mathematical models and computations to predict scientific phenomenon, and discovering just how accurate these predictions are in real-world situations. It’s also a substantial collaborative research project involving the three leading research institutions in Indiana.”

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