A Multigrid Tutorial with Applications to Molecular Dynamics
Progress in science depends on new techniques, new discoveries and new
ideas, probably in that order.
-Sydney Brenner, Nature, 5 May 1980
Inspired by this philosophy, 31 scientists including 12 each from United
States and Israel, 5 from Germany, and 2 from France-gathered informally
on the lovely campus of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel,
on October 10, 1995, for a three-day workshop.
Our mission was simple: teach some basic elements of multigrid (MG) techniques,
present recent algorithmic work in molecular dynamics (MD), and begin a
dialogue between the applied mathematicians specializing in multigrid approaches
and the various scientists (biologists, chemists, physicists, mathematicians
and computer scientists) interested in simulations of biomolecular
dynamics. The scientific program, which included tutorial-style lectures,
poster sessions, and group discussions, fit this mission well. The social
program-dinners highlighting Israeli and Mediterranean cuisine and excursions
to Masada, the Dead Sea, and Jerusalem-provided further ground for exchange
of ideas of cross-fertilization among the scientists in various disciplines.
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