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Mark Adams

Mark F Adams
Staff Scientist

I received my Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, from U.C. Berkeley in 1998 and am a former student and postdoc with Jim Demmel  in the Computer Science Division, at U.C. Berkeley.  I work in the Scalable Solvers Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and as an adjunct research scientist in the Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics Department at Columbia University.

Research Interests:

My research interests are in large scale simulations, extreme-scale multigrid equation solvers, adaptive mesh methods, and particle in cell methods for plasma phisics applications.

I work as a developer in the PETSc numerical library - developing its algebraic multigrid (AMG) framework and methods and the new Solver Integrated Tree-based Adaptive Refinement (SITAR) infrastructure. I work with computational physicists at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) on kinetic and MHD methods for simulating magnetically confined fusion plasmas. 

Selected Papers:



  • Gordon Bell Award, Special catagory, SuperComputing 2004, November 6-12, Pittsburgh PA.
  • Carl Benz Award for the best industrial application in Mannheim SuParCup '99 at Mannheim Supercomputer '99 Conference, June 10-12, 1999.
  • First prize in student paper competition at the 5th Copper Mountain Conference on Iterative Methods, March 30 - April 3,1998.



Journal Articles


David Trebotich, Mark F. Adams, Sergi Molins, Carl I. Steefel, Chaopeng Shen, "High-Resolution Simulation of Pore-Scale Reactive Transport Processes Associated with Carbon Sequestration", Computing in Science and Engineering, December 2014, 16:22-31, doi: 10.1109/MCSE.2014.77

Mark Adams, Jed Brown, Matt Knepley, Ravi Samtaney, "Segmental Refinement: A Multigrid Technique for Data Locality", Submitted to SISC, June 30, 2014,


Mark Adams, Samuel Williams, HPGMG BoF - Introduction, HPGMG BoF, Supercomputing, November 2016,

Samuel Williams, Mark Adams, Brian Van Straalen, Performance Portability in Hybrid and Heterogeneous Multigrid Solvers, Copper Moutain, March 2016,

Mark Adams, Samuel Williams, Jed Brown, HPGMG, Birds of a Feather (BoF), Supercomputing, November 2014,


M. Adams, P. Colella, D. T. Graves, J.N. Johnson, N.D. Keen, T. J. Ligocki. D. F. Martin. P.W. McCorquodale, D. Modiano. P.O. Schwartz, T.D. Sternberg, B. Van Straalen, "Chombo Software Package for AMR Applications - Design Document", Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Technical Report LBNL-6616E, January 9, 2015,

Mark F. Adams, Jed Brown, John Shalf, Brian Van Straalen, Erich Strohmaier, Samuel Williams, "HPGMG 1.0: A Benchmark for Ranking High Performance Computing Systems", LBNL Technical Report, 2014, LBNL 6630E,