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Milinda S. Fernando
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Milinda is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Computer Science at School of Computing, University of Utah. He earned his B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2015. His Ph.D. research focuses on developing scalable parallel algorithms for achieving numerical solutions for partial differential equations (PDEs), computational general relativity, computational fluid dynamics, numerical linear algebra, hierarchical semi-separable matrices, adaptive octree based discretizations and space-filling curve(SFC) based partitioning schemes. His current work includes developing Dendro-GR, a scalable computational framework based on wavelet-based adaptive octrees for numerical relativity. Also, he is currently working towards spacetime discretizations based on 16-trees, where compared to traditional "space" + "time" discretization, time is considered like another spatial dimension. Using 4D variational methods, 16-tree based discretization achieves the solution to all times, with enabling adaptivity in time compared to sequential time stepping schemes. Besides from research, he likes to run, read and swimming.