Compute Canada


HPCVL team members can provide you with support throughout the computing process, including helping you port codes and gain access to hardware and software. Additionally, our team has research methodology expertise to provide you with implementation ideas. Training workshops are also available to help you make the most of your time in the lab.

Dr. Gang Liu

A scientific calculation specialist, Dr. Gang Liu holds a Ph.D in theoretical physics from Jilin University, China in 1995 followed by research work both in theoretical physics and theoretical chemistry as a post-doc at the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Southern Methodist University, Harvard University, and California State University Northridge. He is currently a member of the User Support staff at HPCVL, Queen's University. He is part of the team that designed and delivers the MPI course.

His primary research projects include a new molecular dynamics scheme for crystal structures under pressure, parallelization of FLAPW (one form of density functional theory) with MPI, algorithm improvement for the dimensional perturbation theory, as well as years of other programming and calculation. Recently, he has extended the above molecular dynamics into a new theory for crystal structures under arbitrary external forces.

Dr. Nabil Benabbou

A Research Associate providing user support at HPCVL, Dr. Benabbou holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Paris VI and the University of Caen, France, Previously, he worked as a Research Associate at the University of Toronto and as an Assistant Professor in Applied Mathematics in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Ecole Superieure de Technologie in Fez, Morocco.

Dr. Benabbou's research interests include Parallel Programming, finite Element Analysis, Domain Decomposition Methods, Fluid Structure interactions and Computational Finance. He provides a wide range of support for HPCVL users, including parallel implementation, application porting assistance and the optimization of codes.

Dr. Hartmut Schmider

DR. Schmider joined HPCVL in early 2001 as a member of the scientific and computational support staff. He helps our researchers improve, install and run their codes on the HPCVL facilities, and supports their efforts to parallelize their programs.

Dr. Schmider received his Dipl. Chem. from the University of Konstanz (Germany) in 1986, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Queen's University, Kingston in 1994. His specialization is in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, specifically Quantum Chemistry. He has worked as a Research Associate at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in Lyngby, and at Queen's University. His research interests focus on Density Functional Theory, density matrices, and electronic phase-space functions.

Please refer to our User Support Contacts page for technical help.

Please check out the Upcoming Workshops and HPC Related Events.