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Eric Darve

Title: Associate Professor (Mechanics and Computation Group and Flow Physics and Computational Engineering Group)
Office: Building 520, Room 125 Find My Office
Phone: (650) 918-6407

Professor Darve is a member of the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering at Stanford.

Workshop on Mathematical and Numerical Methods for Free Energy Calculations in Molecular Systems, Banff International Research Station, Canada, 2008
Workshop on Numerical Analysis of Multiscale Computations, Banff International Research Station, Canada, 2009. The outside temperature was -34C.

Research Centers

Professor Darve is involved in two research centers at Stanford: the Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program or PSAAP, and the Army High-Performance Computing and Research Center, or AHPCRC.


Prof Darve’s group works on fast numerical methods and high-performance computing. Many engineering problems are computationally very expensive to solve. Those can range for turbine engine simulations to red blood cells and nanometer-sized molecules. In all these cases, even the largest computers are insufficient to simulate these systems because of the computational cost. These challenges can be addressed by developing fast algorithms and making use of state-of-the-art computing hardware such as graphics processing units (GPUs). As an example, we developed an algorithm that can perform an LU factorization of a matrix of size 500,000 in 29 secs whereas a traditional method takes more than 30 days. Current application examples include carbon sequestration, red blood cells and platelets, and proteins.