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Peter Z. Vaillancourt
Computational Scientist

Peter Vaillancourt

Peter joined the Cornell Center for Advanced Computing in 2018 as a Computational Scientist in the Consulting Group. His main interests are applied mathematics, scientific computing (especially HPC) in the cloud, containerization, and education. Prior to coming to Cornell, he worked as a Software Development Engineer at Kionix in Ithaca, NY. While there, he focused on the design and implementation of a new Production Software System that is used to develop and test numerical algorithms for the large-scale production of MEMS sensors.

Send email or phone 607.255.9482.


Areas of Research or Expertise

  • Scientific computing and HPC on cloud computing resources
  • Mathematical and computational modeling
  • Containerization of scientific applications
  • Automation and orchestration of containerized workflows
  • Software architecture design and development

Projects

Honors and Awards

  • Member of the Grand Prize winning team at the 2016 Hack Upstate VII
  • Member of a Meritorious Winner team at the 2013 COMAP Mathematical Contest in Modeling
  • 2nd Place as a poster presenter at the 2014 Joint Meeting of the New York State Section of the American Physical Society and the Astronomy Society of New York
  • Honorable Mention (2nd Place) in the Physical Sciences as an oral presenter at the 2014 CSTEP Annual Statewide Student Conference
  • CSTEP Summer Research Scholar 2013
  • CSTEP Academic Year Research Scholar 2012 - 2013

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • P. Z. Vaillancourt, J. E. Coulter, R. Knepper, and B. Barker, "Self-Scaling Clusters and Reproducible Containers to Enable Scientific Computing," in the Proceedings of IEEE High Performance Extreme Computing (HPEC) Conference (2020). [arXiv preprint]
  • P. Z. Vaillancourt, B. Wineholt, B. Barker, P. Deliyannis, J. Zheng, A. Suresh, A. Brazier, R. Knepper, and R. Wolski, "Reproducible and Portable Workflows for Scientific Computing and HPC in the Cloud," in the Proceedings of Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing (PEARC '20), July 26 - 30, 2020, Portland, OR, USA. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 16 pages. (2020) [https://doi.org/10.1145/3311790.3396659] [arXiv preprint]
  • P. Z. Vaillancourt, J. D. Thomas, "Modeling a Radial Velocity Distribution of a Galaxy Cluster," Presentation at the Joint Meeting of the New York State Section of the American Physical Society and the Astronomy Society of New York, SUNY Oswego, 2014.
  • P. Z. Vaillancourt, J. D. Thomas, "Modeling a Radial Velocity Distribution of a Galaxy Cluster," Presentation at the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) Scholars Annual Statewide Student Conference, Lake George, NY, 2014.
  • P. Z. Vaillancourt, J. D. Skufca, "A Rigid Body Dynamics Model of a Pogo Stick," Poster at the Mathematics Conference and Competition of Northern New York, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY, 2014.
  • P. Z. Vaillancourt, J. D. Skufca, "A Rigid Body Dynamics Model of a Pogo Stick," Presentation at the Summer Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE) at Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY, 2013.
  • P. Z. Vaillancourt, J. D. Skufca, "A Rigid Body Dynamics Model of a Pogo Stick," Presentation at the University of Buffalo McNair Research Conference, Buffalo, NY, 2013.
  • P. Z. Vaillancourt, J. D. Skufca, "Walking With a Spring In Your Step," Presentation at the CSTEP Scholars Annual Statewide Student Conference, Lake George, NY, 2013.

Teaching and Training

Education

B.S., Physics and Applied Mathematics & Statistics, Clarkson University

Memberships/Professional Affiliations

Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Personal Interests

Reading (especially math textbooks), rock climbing, percussion, sound engineering, and contributing to Stack Overflow.