Research Group:

Our research focuses on computational and theoretical problems in disordered systems and quantum walks, with applications ranging from evolutionary dynamics and amorphous materials to combinatorial optimization and quantum algorithms. This group is part of the Theoretical and Computational Statistical Physics group in the Physics Department at Emory University. Research areas include Quantum Walks, Spin Glasses, Extremal Optimization , PT-Symmetry, Networks, and Complexity.


Currently, our research group consists of


Our work on networks and disordered systems is currently supported by a DMR grant from the NSF. A prior NSF grant concerned the study of spin glasses. Before that, another ITR grant from the NSF has supported our research on Extremal Optimization. Computational equipment was purchased through a grant from the Emory University Research Council (URC), and start-up support. Previous partial support for Extremal Optimization was received from an LDRD-funded project at Los Alamos National Laboratory.


Much of our work is centered on keeping our computer cluster busy. The cluster (as shown) was originally purchased from the NSF grant in 2003. With the 2005 Emory URC grant, it has been nearly doubled in size, mostly with AMD64 processors. It is currently running Condor clustering software and the DRBL terminal server on Linux Fedora. Bruno Goncalves has written a popular HowTo for this simple, inexpensive High Performance Computing option.


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