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University of Minnesota Twin Cities
College of Science and Engineering
Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics

PI: Ellad B. Tadmor

Parallelization and Optimization of the Multiscale Quasicontinuum Method

The quasicontinuum (QC) method is a multiscale computational technique used to study problems in materials physics involving simultaneous multiple spatial scales. The method retains atomistic resolution where necessary, grading out to a continuum elsewhere. Typically, using this method results in a computational savings of two to three orders of magnitude relative to standard brute-force atomistic techniques. The method has been successfully applied to a range of different materials problems. It has been freely distributed to the materials modeling research community and has become a standard technique in the field.

Group Members

Richard D. James, Co-Principal Investigator
Mitchell B. Luskin, Fellow, Co-Principal Investigator
Nikhil Admal, Graduate Student
Noam Bernstein, Center for Computational Materials Science, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC
Jenny Hwang, Graduate Student
Amit Singh, Graduate Student
Paolo Valentini, Graduate Student
Steve Whalen, Graduate Student