I have worked on various programming projects over the years, this page is an overview over the projects. The portfolio showcases the most important ones, further below is a simple list of the other projects.
|Technologies:||C++11, OpenMP, CMake, Eigen, HDF5|
One step in the lattice QCD measurement process are the contractions. Large tensorial quantities are reduced down to correlation functions. Tensor contractions themselves are not a hard problem, the logistics around them are. I have contributed to this project with a major refactoring. The first step has been the introduction of an integration test such that between each chance we were certain that the results have not changed. This allowed complete overhaul of control flow without an endless bug search later on.
After the refactoring, there is less code, more features; it uses less memory and further additions are now easier than before.
|Technologies:||C++11, MPI, OpenMP, Intel AVX512 Intrinsics, CMake, Jinja, Travis CI|
As part of my master thesis, I have worked on QPhiX, a solver for sparse systems of equations as they appear in lattice quantum chromodynamics (Lattice QCD). It is tailored for the Intel Xeon Phi platform which runs 64-Bit x86 code but has a large number of threads. The various SIMD length of the Xeon and Xeon Phi architectures requires a data structure that is flexible enough.
A code generator generates intrinsics code for the various targets (none, SSE, AVX, AVX2, AVX512) which by construction unrolls all loops and can interleave software prefetches (needed for Knights Corner). The sparse matrix multiplication is memory bandwidth bound, QPhiX achieves some 75% of the theoretical performance on a single node.
My contributions to the project:
- Extension to support two-flavor operators, which is effectively the addition of another dimension to all the array structures. A lot of C++ templates have been used to offer both one-flavor and two-flavor operators without changing existing interfaces and prevent performance regressions.
- Introduction of continuous integration on Travis CI. All code is build for general architecture, AVX, AVX2 and AVX512 for each commit in git. Unit tests are run with MPI for AVX.
- The build system was ported from GNU Autotools to CMake. The code generator was included in the main repository and code is now generated during the compilation.
Fast Multipole Method¶
Within the scope of the Guest Student Program (GSP) at the Jülich Supercomputing Center (JSC), I got to work with the Fast Multipole Method (FMM) group for a little over two months. The FMM is a scalable algorithm to compute the long ranged forces between particles with computational complexity linear in the number of particles.
The previous Fortran implementation had been rewritten in C++11 to use costless abstraction features like templates and make specialization for different architectures manageable. During my stay I parallelized one step of the whole algorithm using a communication optimal algorithm by Driscoll et al. Scaling tests have been performed on the BlueGene/Q installation JUQUEEN.
MEGraMa Data Analysis¶
|Libraries:||C++11, OpenCV, Boost, Qt 4, Eigen, OpenMP, CMake|
The DLR Institute of Materials Physics in Space conducts a series of experiments of granular matter in weightlessness. Particles, in my case about 100 steel spheres of a few millimeter diameter, are excited using magnetic fields and then let to cool down; all while the experiment drops in Bremen’s drop tower. Three high speed cameras observe the weightless particles from perpendicular directions. In less than 10 seconds, five gigabyte of footage has been recorded.
My task has been to extract the 3D trajectories of the particles. In a four month project I have used the OpenCV library to extract 2D information from the images and a 3D model for the cameras (focal length, position, orientation). Correlating the data obtained from the three cameras allowed me to reconstruct the 3D path that the particles took. Using those 3D trajectories, the group has been able to compute interesting physical quantities.
The process of extracting data needs a lot of parameters. Thresholds have to be tuned for optimal image processing, path reconstruction, and 3D correlation of data. In order to make this task productive, I have added a Qt GUI that presents the parameters to the user. Leveraging the performance of C++ with OpenMP allows to see the results in real time on a standard desktop computer.
|Years:||2012 – 2016|
My ThinkPad X220 Tablet has a rotatable screen which includes a Wacom digitizer pen. On desktop Linux, neither the special bezel buttons nor the correct digital rotation when physically turning the screen works out of the box. In order to conveniently use the laptop, I have started with a small XRandR script in Bash and expanded it to correctly map everything when external screens are present, disabling the TrackPoint, and adding support for the docking station.
A couple years ago I rewrote the collection of Bash scripts in Python. This allowed contributors and me to supply configuration file support, more features for edge cases, and also write unit test. The project is mature now and has attracted a few forks and pull requests.
|Years:||2011 – 2012|
At first I did not find a note taking program that I could use with my netbook and Wacom digitizer tablet. Taking handwritten notes in a normal photo editing program is cumbersome as one has to create new images for pages manually. My need was to create a new page with one button and quickly switch between the pages.
MouseMotionListener with the
JPanel.paintComponent led to a
very basic drawing program that allowed me to take as many notes as I wanted.
Today I use Xournal which is a much more sophisticated program for taking
SU(2) Hybrid Monte Carlo¶
|Technologies:||C++11, Boost, Eigen, gtest, OpenMP, CMake|
As part of my master thesis, I have written a Hybrid Monte Carlo (HMC) simulation for SU(2) Yang-Mills theory (just gluons, no fermions with two colors). It was an exercise to get to know the HMC algorithm by Duane et al and was compared to data by Creutz.
It uses Eigen for the matrices, Boost for its INI parser, gtest for unit tests, and OpenMP for parallelization of loops.
The Whole List¶
- copyright-updater: Automatically updates copyright headers in source code
- extract-lines-of-git: Visualizes the size of a program over time
- git-changelog: Format a changelog from annotated git tags
- git-ignore-untracked: Add all untracked files to
- git-simple-push-build: Automated building as push-hook
- infer-clang-format-config: Find the best-matching
.clang-formatusing simulated annealing
- project-tools: Little helpers for programming project management
- python-find2: Find projects which use an outdated Python version
- python-readmeextract: Extract the top-level docstring from a Python module
- vim-compile-buttom: Simple
makebutton, use SingleCompile instead
- vim-headings: Heading formatting shortcut for various markup languages
- vim-regex-collection: A collection of handy regular expressions
- brick: Classic brick arcade game
- buddler: Dig out diamonds in a 2D mine
- catchme: Catch falling blocks
- cornflakes: Shoot a box of cornflakes with a shotgun
- pedestrian-chaos: Ride a bike in a pedestrian mall
- plankton: Collect plankton, similar to Snake
- project-ubernahme: An overly ambitious game project
- risk-auto-dice: Performs the dice rolling in Risk
- samegame: Classic same game
- speedometer-sim: Attempt to simulate a car engine
- vacu-clean: Vacuum all the digital dust
- wolverine: Little hit-and-run game without a story
Some utilities for Urban Terror:
- a4-scan: A wrapper for
- fz-juelich-laundry-panels: Translation of the washing machine panels at the FZ Jülich guest house
- info-wallpaper: Generate wallpapers with static information baked in
- jscribble: Note taking program for digitizer enables laptops
- multiimage: Generates a HTML file from multiple images
- picture-db-scripts: Scripts for managing my photo directory
- similar-images: Finds similar images with an O(N²) algorithm, better use Digikam instead
- unwrap-pdf-to-jpeg: Converts PDF to a bunch of JPEGs and back
- csv2latex: Yet another CSV to LaTeX table converter
- fedora-texlive-doc: Installs TeXLive documentation packages for installed packages on Fedora
- latex-edit: Open text editor and compile in the background on changes
- pdflatex-multifont: Typesets the same document with various fonts
- simplewick-generator: Convenient program to generate complicated Wick contractions
- tex-keywordprg: Opens documentation for a LaTeX package, use
- affinator: Visualizes a 2D linear transformation
- lagrange-simulator: Simple animation for various simple Lagrangian systems
- mouse-problem-reloaded: The “mouse problem” with lots of mice
- quasar: A simple game with linear gravity
- traffic-light-efficiency: Tests various acceleration schemes
- van-allen-sim-3d: Simulates a Van-Allen-belt with 3D graphics
- chroma-auxiliary-scripts: Helpers for working with Chroma
- mu-correlators: ππ-scattering analysis code for arXiv:1506.00408
- sLapH-contractions: Tensor contractions for stochastic distillation method
- su2-hmc: Pure Yang-Mills gauge theory with two colors and Hybrid Monte Carlo
- iterated-fractal-generator: Generates fractals iteratively
- koch-flake-raphael: Paints a Koch snowflake with RafaëlJS
- mandelbrot-performance: Mandelbrot image generator with various performance stages
- sierpinski-generator: Generates Sierpinski sieves
- sierpinski-png: Generates Sierpinski sieves
- cycle-structure: Generate cycle structure of the permutation group
- young-frame-product: Compute products of Young frames
Sound & Video¶
- adium2pidgin: A log converter from Adium to Pidgin
- backup-scripts: Helper scripts for creating backups
- bank-statement-parser: Parses CSV files from the bank
- bogomips: Neat output of bogomips
- bqm-interface: Unification for various batch queue management systems
- computerphysik-review: Combine program and supplements into one review PDF
- firefox-bookmark-normalizer: Converts URLs of bookmarks into a common format
- freemind-auto-link: Link PDF files within a FreeMind mind map
- legacy-file-formats: Converts non-standard into standard formats
- live-power-cost: Calculates the electricity cost of the laptop
- lock-and-off: Locks the screens and powers them off
- maintenance: Recurring task executor
- math-clock: A 24-hour clock which moves counter-clockwise
- moinmoin-to-csv: Converts MoinMoin tables to CSV and back
- pretty-json: Pretty-printer for JSON data
- template-spawner: Copies templates into a given location
- thinkpad-scripts: Utilities for ThinkPads
- type-speed: Measures typing speed
- uni-tools: Tools for my university studies
- wlan-qr: Generate a WLAN QR code for Android
- problem-set-peer-review: Send current problem sets to friends via email
- xournal-page-count: Counts pages in Xournal files
Websites and Webapps¶
- address-db: An address database for a whole family
- cakemarks: Bookmark management
- filme-vorschlagen: Let people suggest movies to you
- php-note-capture: Allows to store notes on the go and download them later
- server-bill: Bill management for freelancing web developers
- shopping-list: Shopping list
- yearbook-gossip: Collection of gossip for our yearbook
- robotic-arm: Inverse kinematic robotic arm widget