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May 8th, 2013

It’s official!  Merrimack College has been awarded an NSF Grant in the amount of $448K - title:  Foundations for STEM Success -  PI:  Gary Spring, Co-PIs:  Josephine Modica-Napolitano, Cindy McGowan and Mary Noonan.  Grantees were announced yesterday at the Newseum in Washington DC.  Here is the link:   http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=127902&org=NSF&from=news


May 3rd, 2013

Tonight, we had a wonderful dinner in the Merrimack Club to say bon voyage to all of the graduating IT and CS seniors! Check out our pictures here.


January 30, 2012

Dr. Dave Toth, Dr. Jimmy Franco (Chemistry), Dr. Charlotte Berkes (Biology), and Dr. Donald Ronning (Chemistry at the University of Toledo) were awarded a grant for 200,000 hours of supercomputer time by XSEDE (the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment).  The compute time will be used to conduct a virtual screening of pathogenic drug targets.  


November 12-14, 2011

Mike Bryant, Jillian Jakubowicz, and Dr. Dave Toth attended SC11, “the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis” in Seattle [1].

1. http://sc11.supercomputing.org/

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Mike (left) presents a poster about his Blue Waters UPEP Internship with Dave

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Jillian and Dave with the LittleFe they built 


October 23, 2011

Doug Selent (‘09) has been accepted into the Compuer Science Ph.D. program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.


October 21, 2011

Elise Dufour (‘09) has been awarded the Helen Martha Sternberg Award by the New England Shoreline Section of the Society of Women Engineers. The award is given to a female new professional every year. The recipient must express interest in pursing a Master’s degree and show excellence in the field of math, engineering or computer science. Elise is currently enrolled in the Masters of Software Engineering program at Brandeis University.


September 21, 2011

Dr. Dave Toth has been awarded an NVIDIA Academic Partnership grant. NVIDIA has awarded him a Tesla C2070 Computing Processor which has 448 CUDA cores and 6 GB of memory. The card will be used by Dave, Dr. Brandy Benedict (Mathematics), and Dave’s student Mike Bryant to measure how parallel computing can be used to speed up the analysis of knee cartilage.


July 18, 2011

Dr. Dave Toth won a grant for himself and CS Major Jillian Jakubowicz to attend the SC Education Program at SC11, “the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis.” [1]. “The Education Program is designed to introduce HPC and Computational and Data Enabled Science and Engineering (CDESE) techniques, technologies and resources to undergraduate faculty and high school teachers” [2]. SC11 will be held in November in Seattle.

Jillian and Dr. Toth will participate in the Buildout sessions for the LittleFe project. LittleFe (little iron) is a portable mini-cluster system that contains multiple processors compute nodes but is small enough to fit into a shipping case, which makes it portable from classroom to classroom. At the conference, Jillian will assemble her a LittleFe unit from a kit, and install the Bootable Cluster CD (BCCD) software on it. (see http://littlefe.net/buildout). Dr. Toth will be by her side in case she needs assistance. Jillian will also attend sessions about the introductory parallel computing techniques and developing software to run on the LittleFe.

Jillian was chosen from the many students who expressed interest because she was particularly interested in the hands-on experience of building the system, has shown outstanding programming ability, and is the person Dr. Toth thought would benefit the most from the experience of building the system, learning about parallel computing, and getting exposed to the computational science that can be done with the system.

The LittleFe unit that Jillian will build, will become the property of Merrimack College, along with ongoing free support and curriculum development support. Dr. Toth will use the LittleFe in his Parallel Computing course, a course which Jillian will most likely be taking in a future semester, as she joins other Merrimack students in their exposure to the newest wave in computing.

1. http://sc11.supercomputing.org/
2. http://sc11.supercomputing.org/?pg=edprog.html


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(Photo courtesy of Marie DeMarco, 9/9/2011)


May 3, 2011

Graduating senior Stephan Krach has been inducted into the Merrimack College Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, for his work with Dr. Dave Toth and Dr. Michael Bradley (Mathematics). Stephan’s project was entitled on “A Computational Approach to Ramsey Theory.”


April 27, 2011

Dr. Dave Toth has been awarded a second NVIDIA Professor Partnership grant. NVIDIA has awarded him a GTX 480 card which has 480 CUDA cores and 1.5 GB of memory. The card will be used by Dr. Toth and his students to explore alternate methods to solve the Ramsey Theory problem that Dr. Toth and Dr. Mike Bradley (Mathematics) have been working on.


April 17, 2011

Dr. Dave Toth has been invited to be an instructor for the National Computational Science Institute (NCSI) workshop “Introduction to Computational Thinking: Computational Thinking from a Parallel Perspective.” This national workshop will be held at Louisiana State University from July 31 to August 6, 2011.


April 15, 2011

Freshman Mike V. Bryant has been awarded a Blue Waters Undergraduate Petascale internship! This prestigious and highly selective award (only 14% of applicants were awarded internships) is supported by the NSF-funded Blue Waters Project for sustained petascale computing and supports year-long undergraduate internship experiences involving the application of high-performance computing to problems in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics. The program will provide Mike and 16 other interns a $5000 stipend, a two-week intensive high-performance computing workshop at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), and travel to the SC11 supercomputing conference in Seattle. Mike will work with Dr. Dave Toth, continuing work on Ramsey Theory done by graduating senior Stephan Krach, Dr. Toth, and Dr. Michael Bradley (Mathematics). Mike will get to learn about high performance computing (HPC) and performance analysis and get to use 100,000 hours of compute time on Ranger, the 15th fastest computer in the world!


March 8, 2011

The “Merrimack Web Warriors Team” of Sarah Touserkani (Junior), Sara Swift (Senior), and Curtis Richard (Junior) have been awarded a grant to build a web site “Campus Catalyst Connection” for the Deshpande Foundation to connect Merrimack Catalyst projects with interested Merrimack students. The web site will serve as the Campus Catalyst’s web presence at Merrimack College.


March 2, 2011

Senior Stephan Krach has had a poster “A High Performance Computing Approach to Ramsey Theory” accepted to the 16th Annual Conference of the Northeast region of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSCNE 2011). Stephan will present his poster at CCSCNE in Springfield, MA on April 15. His poster is the result of his two semesters of directed research with Dr. Dave Toth (Computer Science) and Dr. Michael Bradley (Mathematics).


January 26, 2011

Dr. Dave Toth will present a poster “Using Penny Auctions to Introduce Non-CS Majors to Modeling and Simulation” at the 16th Annual Conference of the Northeast region of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSCNE 2011) in Springfield, MA on April 15.


December 31, 2010

Dr. Dave Toth, Dr. Russell Mayer (Political Science), and Dr. Wendy Nichols (Communication Arts & Sciences) had their paper “Increasing Participation in Volunteer Computing” accepted for publication at the 5th Workshop on Desktop Grids and Volunteer Computing Systems (PCGrid 2011) which will be held at the 25th IEEE IPDPS (International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium) conference in Alaska in May 2011.


December 14, 2010

The National Science Foundation (NSF) may use the photos of Dr. Toth and his students from the TeraGrid EOT (Education, Outreach, and Training) publication in other publications!


December 11, 2010

Ryan Sullivan won the 2nd Annual Computer Science Scholarship Competition at Merrimack College. For winning the competition, Ryan will receive a scholarship of $15,000 per year for four years to study computer science at Merrimack.


December 2, 2010

Dr. Dave Toth gave an invited talk “Parallel Computing: Whetting Your Appetite” at Connecticut College. The talk focused on an introduction to parallel computing and volunteer computing, including Dave’s volunteer computing research.


November 19, 2010

Seniors Chris Wilkins and Jeff Titus presented a tutorial showing students and faculty how to develop applications for Droid phones!


November 17, 2010

The new TeraGrid EOT (Education, Outreach, and Training) publication was released at SC10 in New Orleans. The two page spread (see pages 12-13 in the pdf or pages 10-11 in the hard copy) devoted to Merrimack College in this glossy full-color publication contains photos of computer science students Ryan Fleming (‘10), Tony Guarino (‘10), Mike LoVerme (‘10), and senior Stephan Krach with their research projects and the progress Dr. Dave Toth has made introducing computational science at Merrimack. Merrimack’s Dean of Science & Engineering, Dr. Josephine Modica-Napolitano and Dr. Mike Bradley (Mathematics) are quoted and Dr. Brandy Benedict (Mathematics) and Dr. Mark Birnbaum (Biology) are mentioned in the article.


November 13, 2010

Dr. Dave Toth presented his poster “Problems for Introducing Non-Majors to Modeling and Simulation in a Service Course” at the SC Education Curriculum Resource Fair at the international Supercomputing conference (SC10) in New Orleans.


October 22, 2010

Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics teamed up for a casino night for their majors. Students and faculty played roulette, blackjack, poker, chuck-a-luck, and slot machines. See our facebook page for pictures from the event!


September 25, 2010

Senior Stephan Krach has been accepted as a student volunteer at the SC10 conference. SC is the premier supercomputing conference in the world, bringing together thousands of people from academia and industry. Last year over 11,000 people attended SC09. In exchange for helping out for 4-5 hours a day at SC, Stephan gets free conference registration, meals, and lodging. He will have the chance to meet faculty and students from other colleges and universities and employees from national laboratories and industry, browse the exhibit hall, attend the conference talks, and meet potential employers.


September 15, 2010

Dr. Dave Toth, Dr. Anthony Fernandez (Chemistry),Dr. Craig Looney (Physics), Dr. David MacLaren (Biology), and Dr. Doug White (Physics) won grants to attend the SC Education Program at SC10, “the premier international conference on high performance computing, networking, and storage” [1]. The SC Education Program “focuses on engaging educators and students across the K-20 spectrum in learning about the latest technologies and applications for advancing scientific discovery” [1].

1. http://sc10.sc-education.org/about/index.php


August 12, 2010

Dr. Dave Toth (PI) and Dr. Michael Bradley (co-PI) (Mathematics) have received a grant for 150,000 hours of compute time on the TeraGrid for their project “A Computational Approach to Ramsey Theory.” Stephan Krach will be using the compute time, which includes 100,000 hours on Ranger, the 11th fastest supercomputer in the world for Stephan’s directed research this fall.


August 12, 2010

Dr. Dave Toth (co-PI) and Dr. Dana Rowland (PI) (Mathematics) have received a grant for 150,000 hours of compute time on the TeraGrid for their project “A Computational Approach to Knotting in Complete Graphs.” The compute time includes 100,000 hours on Ranger, the 11th fastest supercomputer in the world.


August 3, 2010

Stephan Krach presented his poster “A Computational Approach to Ramsey Theory” at the 5th annual TeraGrid Conference (TG’10) on August 3 in Pittsburgh.

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Stephan presenting his poster


June 15, 2010

Dr. Dave Toth and Dr. Dana Rowland (Mathematics) have had a poster “A Computational Approach to Knotting in Complete Graphs” accepted to the 5th annual TeraGrid Conference (TG’10). TG will be held August 2-5 in Pittsburgh, PA.


June 14, 2010

Stephan Krach, Dr. Dave Toth, and Dr. Michael Bradley (Mathematics) have had a poster “A Computational Approach to Ramsey Theory” accepted to the 5th annual TeraGrid Conference (TG’10). TG will be held August 2-5 in Pittsburgh, PA. The poster is based on the directed research that Stephan will be doing with Dr. Toth and Dr. Bradley during the fall semester.


May 23, 2010

Dr. Dave Toth received the Edward G. Roddy Outstanding Teacher Award during Merrimack College’s 60th Commencement on May 23, 2010. Nominated by his students and colleagues, Dr. Toth (left) was recognized for his untiring devotion to his students and dedication to his profession. 

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Dr. Dave Toth being congratulated by vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Michael Bell


April 23, 2010

Dr. Dave Toth won a grant from NVIDIA for a Quadro FX5800 graphics card. The card, in NVIDIA’s Ultra High-End Product line, sells for over $3000 and has 240 stream processors and 4 GB of memory. CS major Darrell Donati will be working with Dr. Toth on a project involving the card this summer.


April 16, 2010

Ryan Fleming, Jeff Titus, and Chris Wilkins placed 3rd in the programming contest at CCSCNE 2010 in Hartford, CT on April 16! They beat student teams from 26 other colleges and universities in the northeast to capture 3rd place.


March 19, 2010

Marisa DiBerardinis has had a poster “Java Implementation of an Axisymmetric Boundary Element Method for Modeling Cartilage Cell Biomechanics” accepted to the 15th Annual Conference of the Northeast region of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSCNE 2010). Marisa will present her poster at CCSCNE in Hartford, CT on April 23. Marisa’s poster is the result of her summer work with Dr. Brandy Benedict (Mathematics) and Dr. Dave Toth (Computer Science).


March 11, 2010

Ryan Fleming, Tony Guarino, and Mike LoVerme’s poster “Compute Cluster Construction” won the Best Undergraduate Student Poster award at the 11th LCI International Conference on High-Performance Clustered Computing.


February 10, 2010

Dr. Dana Rowland (Mathematics) and Dr. Dave Toth (Computer Science) have jointly been awarded the 2010-2011 Paul E. Murray Fellowship in Science and Engineering for their proposal, “A Computational Approach to Knotting in Complete Graphs.” Their project is based on a collaborative approach to solving open problems in knot theory using mathematical methods and computational techniques. They will work collaboratively with students Michael Walton (Computer Science) and Andrea Politano (Mathematics) over the summer of 2010 to expand the knowledge base in knot theory, stimulate student interest and research in this area, and strengthen faculty and student awareness of the connectedness between mathematics and computer science. The fellowship will provide support for both Dr. Rowland and Dr. Toth, as well as summer stipends for their students.


February 6, 2010

Ryan Fleming, Tony Guarino, Mike LoVerme, and Dr. Dave Toth have had a poster “Compute Cluster Construction” accepted to the 11th LCI International Conference on High-Performance Clustered Computing. LCI will be held March 8-11 at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. The poster is based on the directed study that Ryan, Tony, and Mike did with Dave during the fall semester.


February 5, 2010

Professor Mary Noonan and students Curtis Richard, Sara Swift, and Sarah Touserkani visited the Presentation of Mary Academy in Methuen to help the students in the Tech Club create a web site.


February 4, 2010

Dr. Dave Toth has become a TeraGrid Campus Champion. The TeraGrid is a National Science Foundation funded set of computational resources for high performance computing. The rsources are available for use in academic research. As a campus champion, Dave will help Merrimack faculty who need access to significant computational resources for their research get access to and use those resources. The resources available include 2 of the top 10 fastest supercomputers in the world.


January 30, 2010

The Computer Science Department held its first annual scholarship competition. Dillon Rafferty won the competition, earning a $15,000/year scholarship to Merrimack College to study Computer Science.

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(from the left) Dr. Dave Toth, Professor Vance Poteat, contest winner Dillon Rafferty, Professor Mary Noonan, and Dr. Yuting Zhang


January 14, 2010

Dr. Dave Toth will present a poster “Our Experiences Incorporating Robotics into Our Service Course” and give a demo “Flipping Coins: An Activity for Introducing Computational Thinking to Non-Computer Science Majors” at the 15th Annual Conference of the Northeast region of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSCNE 2010) in Hartford, CT.


January 12, 2010

Professors Mary Noonan and Vance Poteat hosted a Drupal workshop for volunteers of Jericho Road. Jericho Road is an agency in Lawrence which provides free professional services for Lawrence non-profit organizations. Drupal is an open source (available for anyone to use for free) content management platform used to create and manage web sites. The purpose of the workshop was to train volunteers on Drupal. These volunteers will then take on a community service project to help a Lawrence non-profit create and manage their own web site. Drupal is used world wide. Drupal users include: the White House, the Grammys, the MIT media lab, and more. The workshop was led by Matt Russell of Andover and was coordinated by Joan Kulash, the executive director of Jericho Road and Professors Noonan and Poteat of Merrimack College.


December 8, 2009

The Computer Science Department is pleased to announce its first annual scholarship competition. Interested? Have a look at the scholarship competition information and application!


December 1, 2009

Dr. Yuting Zhang presented and published her paper “Prediction-based Interrupt Scheduling” at the 30th IEEE Real-Time Systems Symposium (RTSS 2009) in Washington D.C. RTSS is the flagship conference of the IEEE Technical Committee on Real-Time Systems.


November 10, 2009

Come make games with us Tuesday November 10th at 6 PM in Mendel 159! The CS Profs invite you to come socialize and learn to make games using GameMaker. We’ll give you the tools to make side scrollers, puzzle games, and platform games. Students taking CSC 1510 or 1610 have all the experience required.


September 17, 2009

Dr. Dave Toth won a grant for himself and two other Merrimack Professors, Dr. Mark Birnbaum (Biology) and Dr. Brandy Benedict (Mathematics) to attend the SC Education Program at SC09, “the premier international conference on high performance computing, networking, and storage” [1]. The SC Education Program “focuses on engaging educators and students across the K-20 spectrum in learning about the latest technologies and applications for advancing scientific discovery” [1].

1. http://sc09.sc-education.org/about/index.php

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The SC-Education Team: (from the left) Dr.Brandy Benedict, Dr. Mark Birnbaum, and Dr. Dave Toth

(Photo courtesy of Marie DeMarco, 9/29/2009)


September 7, 2009

Dr. Robert M. Panoff will be coming to Merrimack on Monday September 7, 2009 to give a colloquium talk: Computational Thinking - Sources and Resources for Quantitative Reasoning in Math and Science Education. All are invited to attend the colloquium, which will be held in the Murray Lounge in the Sakowich Campus Center from 1 P.M. to 2 P.M.


September 1, 2009

Dr. Yuting Zhang and several students in the eMerrimack club will be hosting a Linux installation night on Setember 10th in Mendel 159. Students will be shown how to install Ubuntu Linux on a computer. Pizza and soda will be provided by the Computer Science Department.


August 31, 2009

Three of Dr. Dave Toth’s students will be building Merrimack College’s first large compute cluster this fall. The 25-node cluster will be available to support computationally intensive faculty and student research projects in multiple disciplines at Merrimack. People interested in using the compute cluster for research should contact Dr. Dave Toth.


August 27, 2009

The computer science department has established a new lab for student and faculty research in Systems and Security. Professor Vance Poteat and his students work on security. Dr. Dave Toth and his students are working on parallel and distributed computing. Dr. Yuting Zhang and her students work on real time systems and virtualization. Current and prospective students interested in these areas are encouraged to contact the respective people for details about their work and how the students can get involved.


July 31, 2009

Dr. Dave Toth (Merrimack College) and Dr. David Finkel (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) have had their paper “Improving the Productivity of Volunteer Computing By Using the Most Effective Task Retrieval Policies” accepted for publication in an upcoming edition of the Journal of Grid Computing.


News From Last Academic Year


April 28, 2008

Students in Dr. Dave Toth’s Spring 2009 Parallel Computing course presented their class projects at Science and Engineering Day:

  • Carmen Alonso - Merrimack Chat
  • Chris Belkas - Shortening Sort Running Times Using Parallel Solutions
  • Elise Dufour & Ryan Perreault - Mackster: A P2P File-Sharing System
  • Ryan Fleming & Mike LoVerme - MRLSS: Mike & Ryan’s Load Sharing System
  • Tony Guarino - DisC SPriNG: Distributed Computation of Special Prime Numbers
  • Doug Selent - Leasable Middleware

December 9, 2008

Dr. Dave Toth will deliver an invited talk “Increasing the Amount of Work Completed by Volunteer Computing Projects with Task Distribution” at Sun Labs, the research division of Sun Microsystems.


November 19, 2008

Game Programming talk by Amit Mathew. Amit worked on the Wall-E game and others.


November, 2008

Dr. Dave Toth will present his paper, “The Impact of Multicore Architectures on Task Retrieval Policies for Volunteer Computing” at the IASTED PDCS International Conference in Orlando, Florida.


October 15, 2008

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Dr. Ian Lane Davis, Hughes St. Pierre and Debbie Waggenheim from Rockstar GamesNew England will be coming to Merrimack to talk about jobs and challenges in video game development. They will demo several of their recent releases and discuss the challenges and successes involved in making them.


October 2, 2008

Linux Demo by eMerrimack students in M159.