Erik W Draeger


Email: draeger1@llnl.gov
Phone: 925-423-3650


Dr. Erik Draeger is a group leader of the High Performance Computing Group in the Center for Applied Scientific Computing.  He is also the team leader of the Advanced Architecture and Portability Specialists (AAPS) team, which supplies expert assistance to code teams to help them take advantage of next generation computing architectures. Dr. Draeger is the lead developer of the LLNL qball branch of the open source Qbox code, a massively parallel first-principles molecular dynamics code originally written by Francois Gygi.  Dr. Gygi and Dr. Draeger won the 2006 Gordon Bell award for sustained floating point performance on the Blue Gene/L supercomputer.  He co-developed the Cardioid cardiac electrophysiology code, a highly scalable biology application used to model arrhythmias in human heart geometries at near-real time, and is one of the main developers of the HARVEY code, a Lattice Boltzmann fluid dynamics code used for circulatory modeling that was a 2015 Gordon Bell Award Finalist. 

Dr. Draeger earned a Bachelor's degree in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1995 and later earned a Master's and a Ph.D. in theoretical condensed matter physics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2001, working with Professor David Ceperley on path integral Monte Carlo simulations of superfluid helium droplets and surfaces.

Selected Publications

E. W. Draeger, X. Andrade, et al. "Massively Parallel First-Principles Simulation of Electron Dynamics in Materials."  IPDPS 2016 (Best Paper, Applications).

A. Lim, W. M. C. Foulkes, et al"Electron Elevator: Excitations across the Band Gap via a Dynamical Gap State."  Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 043201 (2016).

A. Randles, E. W. Draeger, et al. "Massively Parallel Models of the Human Circulatory System", Proceedings of the ACM/IEEE Supercomputing 2015 Conference.  Gordon Bell award finalist.

A. Randles, E.W. Draeger, and P.E. Bailey. "Massively Parallel Simulations of Hemodynamics in the Human Vasculature." Journal of Computational Science 9, 70-75 (2015).  (Best Paper Winner, ICCS 2015)

M. T. Ong, O. Verners, et al.  "Lithium Ion Solvation and Diffusion in Bulk Organic Electrolytes from First-Principles and Classical Reactive Molecular Dynamics", J. Phys. Chem. B 115, 1535-1545 (2015).

A. Schleife, E. W. Draeger, et al. "Quantum Dynamics Simulation of Electrons in Materials on High-Performance Computers", Computing in Science & Engineering, 16 (5), 54-60, (2014).

D. F. Richards, J. N. Glosli, et al.  “Towards real-time simulation of cardiac electrophysiology in a human heart at high resolution”, Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering 16, 802 (2013).

A. A. Mirin, D. F. Richards, et al.“Toward real-time modeling of human heart ventricles at cellular resolution: simulation of drug-induced arrhythmias”, Proceedings of the ACM/IEEE Supercomputing 2012 Conference.  Gordon Bell Award Finalist.

A. Bhatele, T. Gamblin, et al., “Mapping applications with collectives over sub-communicators on torus networks”, Proceedings of the ACM/IEEE Supercomputing 2012 Conference.

A. Schleife, E. W. Draeger, et al., “Plane-wave pseudopotential implementation of explicit integrators for time-dependent Kohn-Sham equations in large-scale simulations”, J. Chem. Phys. 137, 22A546 (2012).

B. R. de Supinski , M. Schultz, E. W. Draeger, "Flexible Tools Supporting a Scalable First-Principles MD Code" in Scientific Computer Performance, David H. Bailey, Robert F. Lucas and Samuel Williams, editors, Taylor and Francis, New York, 2010

D. F. Richards, J. N. Glosli, et al., “Beyond Homogeneous Decomposition: Scaling Long-Range Forces on Massively Parallel Architectures”, Proceedings of the ACM/IEEE Supercomputing 2009 Conference.  Gordon Bell award finalist.

B. de Supinski, M. Schultz, et al., “BlueGene/L Applications: Parallelism on a Massive Scale”, Int. J. High Perform C. 22, 33 (2008).

François Gygi, Erik W. Draeger, et al., “Large-Scale Electronic Structure Calculations of High-Z Metals on the BlueGene/L Platform”, Proceedings of the ACM/IEEE Supercomputing 2006 Conference.  Gordon Bell award winner. 

François Gygi, Erik W. Draeger, et al., “Large-Scale First-Principles Molecular Dynamics Simulations on the BlueGene/L Platform using the Qbox Code”, Proceedings of the ACM/IEEE Supercomputing 2005 Conference.  Gordon Bell award finalist.