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 those of particle-based simulation, such as Brownian and molecular dynamics. For more information on my research, click here.

Latest Papers and Presentations

X. Liu, A. Patel, and E. Chow, A New Scalable Parallel Algorithm for Fock Matrix Construction, 27th IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS), Phoenix, AZ, May 19-23, 2014. (Best Paper Award in Applications Track)

X. Liu and E. Chow, Large-scale Hydrodynamic Brownian Simulations on Multicore and Manycore Architectures, 27th IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS), Phoenix, AZ, May 19-23, 2014.

E. Chow and Y. Saad, Preconditioned Krylov Subspace Methods for Sampling Multivariate Gaussian Distributions, SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing, to appear, 2014.

My student Zhichen Xia submitted his first conference paper (Feb. 1, 2014), Ratings, Rankings, and the Conference Paper Review Process, International Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB). Joint work with myself, Jun Xu, and John Douceur.

My student Xing Liu and I will each give talks at the SIAM Conference on Parallel Processing for Scientific Computing, Feb. 18-21. My student Aftab Patel will be presenting a poster. I am also organizing two minisymposia at the conference, as well as co-chairing the conference itself.

I'm giving an invited presentation at the annual Georgia Scientific Computing Symposium in February.

I will be giving a plenary talk and tutorial at the 2014 Conference on Advanced Topics and Auto Tuning in High Performance and Scientific Computing, at National Taiwan University, March 14-15.

Xing Liu and Aftab Patel will be presenting posters in the Ph.D. Forum at IPDPS in May, 2014. We also have two talks at the conference, including a best paper.

Other upcoming presentations: 2014 Copper Mountain Conference on Iterative Methods, Householder XIX, SIAM Exascale Applied Mathematics EX14, 248th American Chemical Society National Meeting.

For more publications, click here.


  • Xing Liu, Ph.D. student
  • Aftab Patel, Ph.D. student
  • Zhichen Xia, Ph.D. student


I gratefully acknowledge the support of NSF, 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-present.

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

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 2014, SC'13, SC'12, ICPP'12, IPDPS 2011, HiPC 2011, SC'10, IPDPS 2010, HiPC 2010, SC'09

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 Spring 2014, I am teaching CX 4220, Introduction to High Performance Computing. Click here for a list of my courses.