Viktor Decyk

Viktor Decyk

Theoretical Plasma 

Office: Knudsen 1-130C
Phone: (310) 206-0371
FAX: (310) 825-4057
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Research Physicist and Adjunct Professor
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1547

Current Research 
High Performance Computing:  The purpose of this research is to develop strategies, algorithms, and techniques to enable effective use of high performance computers for the solution of large scale scientific  problems.
Object-Oriented Programming in Fortran 90 
Fortran 95 Lectures
UPIC: UCLA Parallel PIC Framework
Modernization of Fortran Legacy Code
Optimization techniques for RISC processors
Parallel Particle-in-Cell Codes
A Parallel Macintosh Cluster
Parallel Computing Tutorial
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Other Research Interests 
Development and refinement of computer simulation models using particles, and diagnostic techniques for  performing numerical experiments.
Fundamental properties of plasmas, especially wave emission and transport.
RF heating and current drive in plasmas.
Waves in bounded plasmas
Educational Background 
Diploma, Northfield Mount Hermon School (Mass.), 1966
B. A. in Physics (cum laude), Amherst College (Mass.), 1970
M. S. in Physics, University of California, Los Angeles, 1972
Ph.D. in Physics, University of California, Los Angeles, 1977
Professional Societies 
Fellow, American Physical Society (Plasma Physics Division, Division of Computational Physics)
Member, IEEE Computer Society
Member, Association for Computing Machinery
Fellow, Shevchenko Scientific Society (Mathematical-Physical-Technical Section)
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Other Professional Activities
Senior Member of Technical Staff, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, High Performance Computing Group.
Organizer, 16th International Conference on Numerical Simulation of Plasma, Santa Barabara, California, 1998
Selected Awards and Honors 
  • NASA Certificates of Recognition for development of a technical innovation: 

  • Concurrent Algorithm for Particle-in-Cell Simulations, 1990
    A 2D Electrostatic PIC code for the Mark III Hypercube, 1991
    Optimization of Particle-in-Cell codes on RISC Processors, 1996
    Expressing Object-Oriented Concepts in Fortran 90, 1997
  • IBM Consulting Scholar (ACIS), 1988-1993 
  • U.S. DOE JIFT exchange scientist, Kyoto and Nagoya, Japan, April-July 1984 
  • Invited Foreign Researcher, JAERI, Naka, Japan, August 1995
1993 APS Fellowship Citation: "For his pioneering work in the area of plasma simulations including applications of parallel computers to plasma modeling and the use of computers in the teaching of plasma physics."
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Selected Publications 
V. K. Decyk and D. E. Dauger, "Supercomputing for the Masses: A Parallel Macintosh Cluster," Proc. 4th Intl. Conf. on Parallel Processing and Applied Mathematics, Naleczow, Poland, September, 2001, Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Computer Science 2328, ed. by R. Wryrzykowski, J. Dongerra, M. Paprzycki, and J. Wasniewski [Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2002], p. 10.

V. K. Decyk, C. D. Norton, and B. K. Szymanski, "How to support inheritance and run-time polymorphism in Fortran 90", Computer Physics Communications 115, 9, 1998.

V. K. Decyk, C. D. Norton, and B. K. Szymanski, "How to Express C++ Concepts in Fortran 90," Scientific Programming, , vol. 6, no. 4, IOS Press, Winter 1997, p. 363.

V. K. Decyk, S. R. Karmesin  A. de Boer, and P. C. Liewer, "Optimization of Particle-in-Cell Codes on RISC Processors", Computers in Physics 10, 290, 1996

V .K. Decyk, "Skeleton PIC Codes for parallel computers", Computer Physics Communications 87, 87, 1995

V. K. Decyk, "How to Write (Nearly) Portable Fortran Programs for Parallel Computers", Computers in Physics, 7, 418 (1993)

J. M. Dawson, V. K. Decyk, R. D.  Sydora, and P. C. Liewer, "High Performance Computing and Plasma Physics", Physics Today, vol. 46, no. 3, p. 64 (1993)

P. C. Liewer and V. K. Decyk, "A General Concurrent Algorithm for Plasma Particle-in-Cell Codes", J. Computational Phys. 85, 302 (1989)

V.K Decyk, "Simulation of Microscopic Processes in Plasma", Proc. 1987 International Conference on Plasma Physics, Kiev, USSR, April, 1987, ed. A. G. Sitenko [World Scientific, Singapore, 1987], vol II, p. 1075

V.K. Decyk, "Particle Simulation of RF Heating and Current Drive," Computer Physics Reports, 4, 245 (1986).

V. K. Decyk, "Computer Simulation Study of Waves in Bounded Plasma with Application to Lower Hybrid Heating," Ph. D. Thesis, UCLA, 1977, John M. Dawson, Advisor

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