Avi Purkayastha joined the Computational Science Center at NREL in 2010 as a senior scientist in high performance computing, where he is working on enabling and advancing large-scale NREL application domain codes on HPC systems. Previously, he was in private industry at a systems startup company, SiCortex Inc., where he worked for two years on application development, porting, optimization, and application benchmarking for the MIPS64-based parallel cluster system, as well as technical marketing and sales of the product.
Before his experience in the startup commercial world, Dr. Purkayastha was a research scientist at the Texas Advanced Computing Center, affiliated with the University of Texas at Austin, from 2001 to 2007. There he was principal in HPC applications and user support, as well as in research and development in large-scale scientific applications and different HPC systems and technologies.
While at Northern Illinois University, he worked with Drs. Biswa Datta and Chris Bischof of Argonne National Laboratory to design, develop, and implement a parallel algorithm for control systems.
Research InterestsHPC applications performance and optimizations|HPC systems and accelerator technologies|Scientific domains: weather, molecular dynamics, computational fluid dynamics.
Ph.D., applied mathematics, Northern Illinois University