Training within the SFB

A series of training events are planned within the SFB. The aims of these events are:

  • To promote the integration of graduate students and early post-docs into the research of the SFB.
  • To aid collaboration between SFB members with different academic backgrounds: Mathematics, Physics and Computational Science.
  • To provide an opportunity for younger members to network and establish connections with members from different institutions.
The lectures will be at an introductory level with most being blackboard presentations. Exercises will accompany the lectures.

The training events will be organised by the Training Committee:

  • Dr. Sara Collins (Regensburg)
  • Prof. Andreas Frommer (Wuppertal)
  • Prof. Francesco Knechtli (Wuppertal)

  • Graduate Student Representatives
  • Rudi Roedl (Regensburg)
  • Michele Wandelt (Wuppertal)

  • Postdoc Representatives
  • Dr. Bastian Brandt (Regensburg)
  • Dr. Alfonso Sastra (Wuppertal)

  • If you would like to contact any of the committee members with suggestions or feedback about the training events please use the e-mail address:

    sfbtr55-training-board AT


    Graduate Workshop Computational Physics: from small tools to big questions, December 22, 2014, Regensburg
    Location: Room 4.1.12

    10:00 Rudi Rödl The hdf5 file format
    10:20 Rainer Schiel The variational method: introduction and new tricks
    10:40 Stefan Solbrig GNU autotools
    11:20 Peter Georg QPACE2 software
    12:00 Lunch
    14:00 Larry Yaffe Numerical holography and heavy ion collisions
    15:00 Coffee
    15:30 Jörn Wilms, Erlangen Testing relativity through supermassive black holes
    17:00 Discussions
    19:00 Dinner at Brandl-Bräu

    Young Researcher's Training, December 7-9, 2014, Dagstuhl
    for details see this indico webpage

    Graduate Workshop on Topics in Computer-aided Physics December 18, 2013, Regensburg
    Location: Room 4.1.12
    14:30 Welcome
    14:35 J. Simeth FORM: An Introduction
    15:20 A. Sternbeck Coarrays: A Parallel Programming Model in Fortran
    15:50 Coffee break
    16:15 C. Schmidt (U Bielefeld) Conserved Charge Fluctuations and QCD Critical Behavior
    17:00 F. Rappl Compiler Construction: A Tedious Task with Benefits
    17:30 Discussions
    19.30 Dinner at "Brandl-Bräu"

    SFB Training Meeting, January 12, 2012, Wuppertal
    Location: Lectures in room K.11.07, exercises in room G.16.13
    9:00-9:10 F. Gruber, M. Wandelt Welcome
    9:10-10:40 A. Frommer The Lanczos approach as a general principle of approximation in numerical linear algebra Lecture script
    If A is a matrix and b a vector, the subspace K generated by b and the first m powers of A contains the essential information for almost everything relating A and b. This lecture will explain how the Lanczos process for computing an orthogonal basis for A can be seen as a universal tool from which we obtain approximations to the solution of the linear system Ax = b, approximations to the eigenvalues of A and approximation to matrix functions of the form f(A)b. We will also establish the connection to the polynomial approximation which is the key to an analysis of the various methods.
    10:40-11:10 Coffee Break
    11:10-12:40 G. Bali Computation of hadronic 2 point functions in Lattice QCD Lecture script
    Strongly interacting particles are called hadrons. These are composed of quarks and gluons. Their masses can be determined in Lattice simulations, from so-called two-point functions, where the particle of interest is created at some initial time and destroyed at a later time, on a four dimensional space-time lattice. The ground state mass is then obtained from the exponential decay at large time differences. Methods to construct and to compute these two-point functions are introduced and explained for simple examples, and hadron masses extracted. This follows on from the previous lecture where so-called quark propagators are obtained by solving a sparse linear system. These are the building blocks of the two-point functions discussed here. The implementation will take place in the accompanying computer practicals.
    14:00-15:30 K. Kahl Exercises Tasks
    these will feature Matlab experiments, focusing on (medium size) lattice computations with Wilson fermions.
    15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
    16:00-17:30 A. Sternbeck Exercises Solutions with codes
    these will use the results of the previous exercises - quark propagators - to calculate two-point functions and extract estimates of particle masses.
    18:00 Social Program

    Graduate Workshop on Data Analysis and Visualization, December 21, 2011, Regensburg
    Location: Room 4.1.12
    13.30-13.35 F. Gruber Welcome
    13.35-13.55 R. Schiel Jack-knife and bootstrap sampling
    13.55-14.15 A. Sternbeck Fitting data with Minuit and ROOT
    14.15-14.35 J. Najjar Gnuplot 4.4.4: New features and advanced plotting
    14.35-15.00 Coffee Break
    15.00-15.20 W. Söldner Plotting with matplotlib
    15.20-15.40 F. Gruber Multidimensional visualizations with VisIt
    15.40-15.45 S.Collins Information on the graduate training in Wuppertal (12.01.)
    15.45-16.30 Discussions
    18.00-19.00 Guided tour through the "Kepler-Haus", Keplerstr. 5
    19.30 Dinner at "Kneitinger am Arnulfsplatz"