PICKSC will host an annual workshop.
The first workshop was held at UCLA from Sept 22-24, 2014. The UCLA Particle-in-Cell (PIC) and Kinetic Simulation Software Center (PICKSC) hosted a workshop on enabling software interoperability within the PIC community. We invited the primary developers of about a dozen major PIC codes used in the study of Laser Plasma Interactions (LPI), as well as a few developers from other areas. The LPI community shares intellectual ideas about simulations effectively, but has rarely shared the software itself. There is no large community code. Almost all the developers we invited accepted, indicating a strong interest in this topic.
More information can be found here on the News Item about the workshop.
The second annual workshop is currently being planned. Stay tuned for further developments.
PICKSC plans to hire 2 post-doctoral scholars over the next two years. We are interested in highly motivated candidates with expertise in all or some combination of kinetic simulation code development including new algorithms, software engineering, and/or developing algorithms for emerging architectures such as GPUs and Intel Phi. Expertise in plasma physics and particle-in-cell codes is desired but not required. Knowledge in programming in Fortran 2003 as well as in C, C++, CUDA, Java, and/or Python is highly desired.
Interested applicants should send a CV and statement of research interests to the PICKSC Director, Professor Warren Mori at Mori@physics.ucla.edu.
PICKSC also has funds to support the travel of visitors to the Center. If you are interested in visiting PICKSC to learn how to use the UPIC Framework, to improve the parallelization of your existing code, or to develop customized software, please contact the PICKSC Director, Professor Warren Mori at Mori@physics.ucla.edu.