• Challenges in numerical modeling of magnetic reconnection in astrophysical/space plasmas

    — Hubert Baty

    23 juin 2022 - 09:00Amphi de la Grande Coupole Observatoire Astronomique de Strasbourg

    I will present the state of the art on theoretical/numerical modelling of the magnetic reconnection process that is believed to be the central mechanism at work to explain magnetic eruptions in many astrophysical plasmas. In particular, I will highlight the main limitations when using standard numerical schemes to integrate the relevant set of partial differential equations in the magnetohydrodynamic framework. Finally, I will present hope for future numerical strategy based on machine/deep learning trough physics-informed neural networks.

    The seminar will be also broadcasted via BBB: https://bbb.unistra.fr/b/hum-51d-suf-mzq

    About the speaker: Hubert Baty is Maître de Conférences at the University of Strasbourg, and pursues his research at the Observatoire astronomique de Strasbourg. His research focuses on instabilities and magnetic reconnection in magnetically-dominated plasmas with applications to solar/stellar corona and astrophysical jets.
  • High performance visualization for large scale volume data

    — Jonathan Sarton

    19 mai 2022 - 09:00Salle de conférences IRMA

    Numerical simulations inevitably requires the use of modern visualization methods at different stages to analyze datasets, extract information from them, to guide phenomenon modeling, to validate or invalidate models or as a tool for evaluating experimental results. The access to increasingly powerful computing machines enables scientists to simulate ever larger and more complex phenomena. Large-scale simulations generally output time-varying multivariate volumetric data, modeled by volume meshes of increasingly complex size, topology, geometry, composition, ... Direct volume rendering (DVR) is a well known method for visualizing volume data and its implementation on graphics processors (GPU), based on volume ray-casting algorithm, offers good rendering quality combined to good performance. However, such an implementation on simulated data presenting above-mentioned characteristics is a difficult problem that remains open. A key challenge of research is to make visualization techniques follow up with this drastically increasing complexity.

    After an introduction to volume rendering on GPU and its adaptation to large datasets, I will address the challenges of in-situ visualization of large and complex unstructured meshes from numerical simulation through the presentation of the ANR LUM-Vis project.

    The seminar will be also broadcasted via BBB: https://bbb.unistra.fr/b/hum-51d-suf-mzq

    Jonathan Sarton is an associate professor at the University of Strasbourg in the computer science department, and the ICube Laboratory in the Computer Graphics and Geometry team (IGG). His research focuses on high performance scientific visualization, volume rendering on GPU, parallel rendering, and in-situ visualization in HPC environment. He is the scientific leader of the LUM-Vis ANR project.
  • Geometric test for topological phases of quantum matter

    — Semyon Klevtsov

    28 avril 2022 - 09:00Salle de conférences IRMA

    Strongly-correlated quantum systems are often extremely fragile and notoriously hard to control, which poses challenges for possible technological applications. That is why a certain subclass of quantum states, the so-called topological phases of matter, recently attracted much attention. These are characterised by a certain degree of stability and robustness under perturbations, rooted in their special mathematical properties. A priori, it is not always clear whether a given quantum state of matter is topological or not. We propose a mathematical criterion, which we call “the geometric test", to tell whether a state of matter is in a topological phase. We then apply our test to strongly-interacting states of matter in Quantum Hall effect, observed in certain 2d materials (Gallium-arsenide, graphene, ...) at low temperatures and in strong magnetic fields. I will explain the idea of the test (which works pretty well) and the results, based on recent work with Dimitri Zvonkine (CNRS, Versailles Mathematics Laboratory, Paris-Saclay University, France).

    The seminar will be also broadcasted via BBB: https://bbb.unistra.fr/b/hum-51d-suf-mzq

    Semyon Klevtsov obtained his PhD in 2009 at Rutgers University (USA), working on mathematical aspects of string theory. After post-doctoral stays in Brussels and Cologne, he joined the Institute for Advanced Mathematical Research (IRMA) at the University of Strasbourg, as professor of mathematical physics. His most recent research is focused on mathematical aspects of the strongly correlated electron systems in condensed matter physics.
  • Modern Compiler Technology to Optimize Code from ODEs

    — Vincent Loechner

    17 mars 2022 - 09:00Salle de conférences IRMA

    The MLIR compiler framework is a novel compiler infrastructure that eases the process of developing new interacting compiler passes, built on top of the LLVM compiler. According to mlir.llvm.org, it "significantly reduces the cost of building domain specific compilers". I will shortly introduce MLIR and explain how to generate optimized compiled code using this framework.

    Then, I will present our experience in the MICROCARD European project (https://microcard.eu/), in collaboration with INRIA Bordeaux and KIT among other partners. Our aim is to write software to simulate cardiac electrophysiology using whole-heart models with sub-cellular resolution, on future exascale supercomputers. It builds on the existing open source openCARP project (opencarp.org), a cardiac electrophysiology simulator for in-silico experiments. OpenCARP includes a solver and the ionic model component describing ionic transmembrane currents, as ordinary differential equations (ODEs). They are provided using a DSL (domain specific language) for ODEs named easyML. The easyML input is analyzed and transformed into code by a python parser, which we modified to plug it to MLIR and generate OpenMP and vectorized efficient code. MLIR can also be used to generate GPU code, and we plan to experiment with this in the near future.

    BBB link: https://bbb.unistra.fr/b/hum-51d-suf-mzq

    About the speaker: Vincent Loechner is assistant professor at University of Strasbourg in the computer science department, and the ICube Laboratory in the parallelism team (ICPS). He is also part of the INRIA CAMUS team. He is in charge of the compilation and code optimization work-package of the MICROCARD European project.
  • Scaling relations as keys to unfold the complex physics of galaxies

    — Jonathan Freundlich

    24 février 2022 - 09:00Salle de conférences IRMA

    The physical processes driving galaxy formation and evolution span a vast range of scales, from the large scale structures of the universe to the turbulent interstellar medium and the interactions between light and matter. In this talk, I will present some of the empirical scaling relations that guide our understanding of these complex physical processes, focussing notably on the fate of gas within galaxies, star formation, and the relation between galaxies and their surrounding dark matter haloes.

    The seminar will be also broadcasted via BBB: https://bbb.unistra.fr/b/hum-51d-suf-mzq

    Jonathan Freundlich did his Ph.D. between 2012 and 2015 at the Paris Observatory, probing star formation across cosmic time and modelling the influence of baryons on dark matter haloes. He was afterwards a postdoc at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he gained experience in analysing cosmological simulations. He became Maître de Conférences at the Strasbourg Observatory in 2021, within the Galaxies, High Energy, Cosmology, Compact Objects & Stars (GALHECOS) research group.
  • Learning, geometry and PDEs, a promising interaction?

    — Emmanuel Franck

    20 janvier 2022 - 09:00Salle de conférences IRMA

    In this talk, we want to introduce different examples or problems of interaction between deep learning, geometry, PDEs and numerical methods. We will start by illustrating the ability of deep learning to deal with physical problems starting from a classical problem in fluid mechanics: the closure. In a second step, we will introduce recent works mixing learning and differential geometry which allow to tackle unstructured data. We will illustrate this with simple examples from PDEs. Finally, we will show how ideas from analytical mechanics (and symplectic geometry) can interact with machine learning and numerical simulations of PDEs.

    The seminar will be also broadcasted via BBB: https://bbb.unistra.fr/b/hum-51d-suf-mzq

    Emmanuel Franck did his Ph.D. thesis from 2009 to 2012 at the CEA on the numerical approximation of the radiative transfer equation. After that he did a 2 year post-doc at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Munich on numerical methods for MHD in nuclear fusion. He is an INRIA young researcher since 2014 and his work focuses on the numerical approximation of PDEs in fluid mechanics and plasma physics. He is a member of the Modelling and Control (MOCO) research group at IRMA, Strasbourg.