Research

My research interests encompass computational methods and both modeling and programming aspects for large-scale wave propagation problems. I am interested in a wide range of applications (in acoustics, seismic imaging, electromagnetism, oceanography, …), especially those requiring HPC resources. Here is a brief survey of past and current research topics with relevant publications.

Absorbing boundary conditions (ABCs) and perfectly matched layers (PMLs)


Movie: Scattering of an acoustic wave by a submarine, in a domain surrounded with a PML. Alternative version with an absorbing boundary condition here.

Absorbing Boundary Conditions (ABCs) and Perfectly Matched Layers (PMLs) are used to deal with wave-like problems defined on unbounded domains. In numerical simulations with finite difference or finite element methods, they surround the computational domain that is truncated. I have worked on the design of PMLs for generally-shaped truncated domains, and the selection of the parameters. I have recently worked on the implementation of high-order ABCs for 3D geometries with corners and edges.

  • A. M., A. Atle, J. Chan, T. Warburton (2017). High-order absorbing boundary conditions with corner/edge compatibility for GPU-accelerated discontinuous Galerkin wave simulations. In International Journal of Numerical Methods in Engineering[preprint]
  • A. M., J. Lambrechts, C. Geuzaine (2017). Perfectly Matched Layers for Convex Truncated Domains with Discontinuous Galerkin Time Domain Simulations. In Computers & Mathematics with Applications[preprint]
  • A. M., E. Delhez, C. Geuzaine (2014). Optimizing Perfectly Matched Layers in Discrete Contexts. In International Journal of Numerical Methods in Engineering[preprint]

Discontinuous Galerkin for seismic imaging with GPU clusters


Fig.: Strong scalability of a DG code for a RTM procedure (involving data transfers) with up to 32 GPUs. [Preprint]

Numerical schemes based on nodal discontinuous Galerkin (DG) schemes exhibit interesting features for massively parallel computation, especially with accelerators such as GPUs. In collaboration with Tim Warburton’s team and Oil & Gas companies, I am working on DG schemes and efficient implementations for reverse-time migration with accelerators.

Discontinuous Galerkin for electromagnetic compatibility


Fig.: Shielding effectiveness of a cavity with an aperture.

With the increasing use of electrical, electronic, electromagnetic systems, the study of their undesirable interactions and side effects is an important aspect to be considered. Numerical methods are intensively used for such studies. In a collaboration with the Laboratoire de Génie Electrique de Paris and the Université catholique de Louvain, we have developed a discontinuous finite element code with specific interface and boundary conditions.

Open sea boundaries for oceanography


Movie: Traveling storm.

In regional oceanic numerical modeling, the treatment of artificial boundaries at open seas are often seen as a major source of uncertainty or even error. During my thesis, I worked on absorbing layers to deal with such boundaries in two different codes.