SBEL/WACC Brown Bag Seminars

Unless otherwise noted, all Brown Bag Seminars are held every other Thursday at 1:30 pm in Room 4150 of the Mechanical Engineering building. Descriptions and pdf flyers of upcoming talks are emailed two days in advance. To join the Brown Bag mailing list, email

Spring 2015 Seminars

April 8th, 2015

  1. Omkar Desmukh, “Benchmarking Performance Database”
  2. Discussion: Chrono 2.0 release, September 1 2015
  3. Discussion: New webpage for Chrono–Pros and Cons

March 24th, 2015

Jon Fleischmann, “Enhancing Chrono: DEM Contact Model with multi-step tangential/shear displacement history”

February 26th, 2015

  1. Dominik Heller, “A very basic intro to Charm++”
  2. A discussion of the relative merits of Charm++ versus PETSc regarding load balancing.

February 12th, 2015


  1. The release of ChronoParallel in May
  2. Omkar’s idea: create the analog of a Nasdaq index for parallel computing (based on the lab’s benchmark effort)
  3. Organization of GitHub

January 29th, 2015


  1. ChronoHPC update: Discuss path forward
  2. Benchmarking update: Discuss any progress and what the goals are
  3. Organizing projects in Github: Discuss how to keep track of projects and the placement of repositories

Fall 2014 Brown Bag Seminars

December 4th, 2014

Open Discussions: (Flyer pdf)

  1. Radu Serban: Discussion of Chrono workshop issues in light of upcoming Machine-Ground Interaction Consortium
  2. Hammad Mazhar: Discussion of OpenCL
  3. Felipe Gutierrez: Revisit of discussion about testing environments

November 20th, 2014

Professor Eftychios Sifakis, Department of Computer Science, “Multigrid schemes: Performance potential, applicability and pitfalls” (Flyer pdf)

November 6th, 2014

Four talks by Felipe Gutierrez, Omkar Desmukh, Ang Li, and Dan Negrut (Flyer pdf)

  1. Felipe Gutierrez: Update on Automatic Testing Environments
  2. Omkar Desmukh: Discussion of using Tableau to generate data analytics graphics
  3. Ang Li: Short overview of Jetson architecture and preliminary benchmarking results
  4. Dan Negrut: Discussion of Chrono::RT (Real Time)

October 9, 2014

Justin Madsen, “Common tire models in Project Chrono: theory, implementation and validation against commercial software.” (Flyer pdf)

September 25, 2014 in 2188ME

Shirish Gadre, GPU Architecture Manager at Nvidia: “An overview of Maxwell architecture.”

Shirish Gadre, GPU Architecture Manager at Nvidia and UW-Madison alumnus, presented a special brown bag seminar on the architecture of Nvidia’s newly released Maxwell GPU to SBEL researchers as well as students in Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering.

September 11, 2014: Four talks by SBEL and WACC researchers (Flyer pdf)

  1. Omkar Deshmukh: “Continuous deployment of kernel and hypervisor packages”
  2. Arindam Sinha: “An overview of the Denver CPU architecture in Tegra devices”
  3. Dan Melanz: “Results of Chrono validation”
  4. Felipe Gutierrez: “The Software Engineer Roles in User Experience (UX) at Microsoft”

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SBEL is led by Mead Witter Foundation Professor Dan Negrut in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UW-Madison.

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