Associate Professor
School of Computational Science and Engineering
College of Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology

Address: 266 Ferst Drive, Atlanta, GA 30332-0765
Office: KACB 1312
Phone: (404) 894-3086

Edmond Chow


My general area of research is in developing and applying numerical methods and high-performance computing to solve large-scale scientific computing problems. Specific algorithms that interest me include those of numerical linear algebra, including preconditioning, multilevel methods, and sparse matrix computations, as well as parallel methods for quantum chemistry, molecular dynamics, and Brownian/Stokesian dynamics. For more information on my research, click here.


We're planning to have a large showing of research from our group at the 2017 SIAM CSE Conference in Atlanta. Edmond and Ben are speaking in minisymposium sessions, Alex is speaking in a contributed session, and Paritosh, Jordi, and Xin are presenting posters. Come say hello!

November 2016: Edmond Chow organizes the Georgia Tech show at the annual ACM/IEEE SC (Supercomputing) Conference. Here is a photo at our booth just before the Gala opening. Over 40 faculty, research staff, and students participated from across the Colleges of Georgia Tech.

September 2016: Edmond Chow is leading a newly funded project on asynchronous iterative methods for extreme scale computers. The $2.4 million project over 3 years includes Georgia Tech, Sandia National Laboratories, Temple University, and University of Tennessee. Here is photo from our kickoff meeting at Georgia Tech.

May 2016: Edmond Chow is teaching a short course on High Performance Linear System Solvers at National Taiwan University, National Center for Theoretical Sciences, Mathematics Division.

March 2016: Article in on our research in parallel quantum chemistry supported by Intel. Read it here!

October 2015: Paper accepted by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: E. Chow and J. Skolnick, Effects of Confinement on Models of Intracellular Macromolecular Dynamics. Click here for a news article on this research.

February 2015: We are organizing Georgia Scientific Computing Symposium to be held on February 28 at Georgia Tech.

December 2014: Xing Liu successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis. He now has a permanent position at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.

May 2014: In collaboration with Intel, we have run our quantum chemistry code on 8100 nodes of Tianhe-2, the fastest supercomputer in the world!

April 2014: Intel has awarded Georgia Tech an Intel Parallel Computing Center. Edmond Chow will lead the center, which will focus on Xeon and Xeon Phi algorithms and implementations for computational chemistry and biochemistry. See the announcement here. Our center website is here.

Selected Papers and Presentations

E. Chow and J. Skolnick, Effects of Confinement on Models of Intracellular Macromolecular Dynamics, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 2015. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1514757112

E. Chow, X. Liu, S. Misra, M. Dukhan, M. Smelyanskiy, J. R. Hammond, Y. Du, X.-K. Liao, and P. Dubey, Scaling Up Hartree–Fock Calculations on Tianhe-2, International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications, 30, 85-102 (2016). DOI: 10.1177/1094342015592960

For more publications, click here.

Students and Post-docs

  • Ben Pritchard, post-doc (started Feb. 2015)
  • Xing Liu, Ph.D. (graduated Dec. 2014; now at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center)
  • Alex Lohse, Ph.D. student (joint with Prof. K. Jacob, MSE)
  • Paritosh Ramanan, Ph.D. student (joint with Prof. N. Gebraeel, ISYE)
  • Jordi Wolfson-Pou, Ph.D. student
  • Xin Xing, Ph.D. student


I gratefully acknowledge the support of NSF, DOE, DARPA, and Intel Corporation for funding my research.

How did I get Here?

I joined Georgia Tech in August 2010. Previously, I worked at D. E. Shaw Research in New York (from 2005 to 2010) and at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the Center for Applied Scientific Computing (from 1998 to 2005). I've also taught several courses at Columbia University as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics.

I studied at the University of Minnesota (Ph.D., Computer Science, minor in Aerospace Engineering, 1997). My undergraduate studies were at the University of Waterloo in Canada (Hons. B.A.Sc., Systems Design Engineering, 1993).

Professional Activities

Associate Editor, ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software, 2012-present.

Associate Editor, SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing, 2008-2016. (Three 3-year terms... whew!)

Co-Chair (with Ali Pinar and Rob Schreiber), SIAM Conference on Parallel Processing for Scientific Computing, Portland, OR, 2014.

Organizing Committee, SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering, Atlanta, GA, 2017; Organizing Committee, SIAM Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2014.

Algorithms Chair, Technical Papers Committee, ACM/IEEE International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC12), Salt Lake City, UT, Nov. 10-16, 2012.

Vice-Chair, Scientific Committee, 10th International Meeting on High-Performance Computing for Computational Science (VECPAR 2012), Kobe, Japan, July 17-20, 2012.

Some conference program committees: IPDPS 2016, ICPP'15, IPDPS 2015, PMAA14, VECPAR 2014, ICPADS-2014, IPDPS 2014, SC'13, SC'12, ICPP'12, IPDPS 2011, HiPC 2011, SC'10, IPDPS 2010, HiPC 2010, SC'09

At Georgia Tech, I serve on two Institute-wide committees: the Graduate Curriculum Committee and the Research Advisory Committee.

Some Accolades

  • Best Paper Awards at SC06, SC09, IPDPS 2013, and IPDPS 2014 (Applications), Finalist for ACM Gordon Bell Prize at SC'05
  • 2009 ACM Gordon Bell Prize
  • 2002 U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
  • Georgia Tech Class of 1934 Course Survey Teaching Effectiveness Award, 2012


I specialize in teaching courses in numerical methods and scientific computing. In Fall 2016, I taught CSE 6230, High Performance Computing: Tools and Applications. In Spring 2017, I am teaching CSE/MATH 6643, Numerical Linear Algebra. Click here for a list of my courses.