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Staff Profile: Gandharv Kashinath

Gandharv Kashinath, developer for FLOW-3D/MP at Flow Science
Gandharv on a recent hike at Lake Stewart
in the Pecos Wilderness, New Mexico.

Title: Developer
Education: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor - MS in Aerospace Engineering; Iowa State University - BS in Aerospace Engineering.

How long have you worked for Flow Science?

I have been working at Flow Science since June 2010.

What is the best part of your job?

I get to work on current high performance computing topics within the framework of a code whose roots can be traced to the 1960’s.

Why did you choose to come work for Flow Science?

People at work, weather in Santa Fe (it’s no Bengaluru but not Michigan or Iowa either).

You're going to SC-11 (Super Computing 2011) in November. Why is that important and what do you hope to accomplish there?

This is a unique opportunity for us to showcase our state-of-the-art FLOW-3D/MP Hybrid MPI-OpenMP parallel solver at one of the biggest Super Computing conferences in the world. In the current scenario, designers, engineers and scientists are constantly looking to increase their simulation size while decrease their runtimes. In collaboration with Intel® and Silicon Mechanics, we hope to provide a one-stop shop for all their CFD requirements. I'm also eager to find out how our Hybrid solver performs on the new Sandy Bridge (processor) architecture developed by Intel® on which we'll be presenting our demos.

What is the most interesting project you are working on right now?

Currently, we are working on moving away from the current block decomposition scheme for the MPI parallelization to make it more generic, which would help the software gain more speed.

You've earned a reputation around the office (and on the court) for having a wicked ace serve. Which racket sports do you play and who taught you how to serve?

I play tennis, squash and racquetball. I don’t like to boast about myself but, yes, I do have a wicked serve. I learned to play tennis when I was in kindergarten and Pete Sampras followed closely by Roger Federer are my all-time favorites (which explains the serve).

What do you do in your spare time (when you’re not at Flow Science)?

I recently bought a motorcycle, a Yamaha R6, so I have been trying to go on as many rides as possible. I also love sports especially cricket and tennis. Currently I’m hooked on a video game called Infinity Blade and can’t seem to get enough of it.

What is on your reading list? Do you have a recent favorite?

I’m not much of a reader besides the Economist and random articles on websites.

What is your favorite city in India? And what is your favorite Indian dish?

My favorite city in India has to be none other than “Namma Bengaluru.” I spent my entire childhood in this city and I have so many good friends and memories associated with Bengaluru (I prefer Bangalore). My favorite Indian dishes are masala dosa and vada doused with sambhar — yummm! If ever you visit Bengaluru, the places to eat are Vidyarthi Bhavan and Brahmins Café.

What was the most interesting place you’ve visited in the world and why?

I recently did the roadtrip of my life along the coast of California from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The beaches, roads and scenery in California are simply breathtaking and the Big Sur area takes the cake. The convertible Mustang that we rented made the trip even more memorable.

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why?

My parents have had the biggest influence on my life. From academics to life, I’m what I am only because of my parents.

What is one of your most important accomplishments?

Getting an admission to University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, for my Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering with a scholarship was one of my most significant accomplishments, as this gave me confidence and belief in myself and my strengths. Being able to interact with Dr. Bram van Leer and Prof. Philip Roe made it even more special.

How would you describe yourself?

I think life is simple and can be made as complicated as you choose, so I always try to keep it simple and filled with a lot of good clean fun.

What helps you get out of bed each morning?

I love working at Flow Science. The people here, especially the developers, are super cool and extremely knowledgeable people to work with and I enjoy every moment of it.

Who has the best New Mexican food in New Mexico?

The Pantry has to be the best New Mexican restaurant in town. They have a sick Huevos Rancheros. After a long Sunday morning hike nothing can beat a two egg Huevos Rancheros.

(Editor's note: The adjective "sick" in this context is a generational term that means "really good.")

Red or Green?

Green for sure!

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