Alin ANTON

Alin Anton
Academic Title
Lecturer
Degree
Dr. Eng.
Administrative Positions and Attributions
Secretary of the IEEE Romania Chapter of the Society on Social Implications of Technology
In charge of B418 Labs
Office Contact
  Room B527
 
(0256 40) 3281
  alin.anton (at) cs.upt.ro

Short Bio

Alin Anton has graduated from the Faculty of Automatic Control and Computing of Politehnica University of Timisoara in 2007, with an engineering Diploma in e-mail transfer agent security. He then got a MSc from Politehnica University of Timisoara in 2009 with a dissertation in scientific computing platforms and computational fluid dynamics (CFD). In 2011 he received a PhD from Politehnica University of Timisoara, his doctoral studies being supported by a POSDRU grant, also being awarded with a Faculty Diploma for Outstanding Professional Achievements.

During his PhD in high performance computing (HPC) computational fluid dynamics, he created a new paradigm for data handling in very large numerical simulations called space-time window reconstruction. He participated in numerous workshops in Stuttgart and Timisoara, and tested his findings by running simulations at the High Performance Computing Center from Stuttgart. He also was a research internship at the University of Stuttgart at the Institute of Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulic Machinery where he learned OpenFOAM and how CFD engineers work with numerical data.

In 2012 he founded the Romanian Chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Society for the Social Implications of Technology, where he functioned as interim-chair and now servers as a secretary.

Alin also won a postdoc scholarship at the Politehnica University of Timisoara supported by a POSDRU grant, on the topic of scientific computing. He took part in two interdisciplinary business contracts, one with national partners and another one with partners from abroad. He then participated in two separate training sessions at the High Performance Computing Center in Stuttgart on the topic of accelerator programming.

In 2017 he was the random host of fellow hacker Dr. Richard Stallman, the Father of Free Software (also known as Saint IGNUcius) who conferenced for the first time in Timisoara on the topic of "Free Software and Your Freedom" attracting hundreds of students and guests, a topic long awaited by the first free and electricity powered city in Romania. The full video is available here and on Alin's website ignucius.ro.

Alin also teaches future computer engineers Programming Techniques with a Free Software flavor at the English section, using the C programming language and free software examples since 2012, and Algorithm Analysis at the Romanian informatics group.

He proudly serves ftp.linuxliber.ro and cheipublice.ro, the only SKS OpenPGP server in Romania owned by a volunteer; and he plans for more. Linuxliber is the second European mirror updating the de-blobbed Linux kernel -- Linux without propietary parts, 100% free software. He enjoys cooking fish and astrophotography, and likes restoring old computers to the point where they catch fire.

He also provides searX.ro a public search as a service and privacy preserving search engine.

Research

Research Fields
Research Interests
  • scientific computing, computational science and engineering, high performance computing
PhD Thesis

Selected Publications

  • Alin Anton, Sebastian Muntean, Romeo F. Susan-Resiga, SWIRL2D: An interface tracking algorithm for computing the two-dimensional swirling flows with stagnant region, Proceedings of the Romanian Academy, Volume 17, Number 4/2016, pp. 366–373, ISSN 1454-9069, WOS:000394189900012.
  • Alin Anton, Vladimir-Ioan Creţu, Albert Ruprecht, Sebastian Muntean, Traffic Replay Compression (TRC): a highly efficient method for handling parallel numerical simulation data, Proceedings of the Romanian Academy, Volume 14, Number 4/2013, pp. 385–392, ISSN 1454-9069, WOS:000328441500016.
  • Alin Anton, Sebastian Muntean, A method for data handling numerical results in parallel OpenFOAM simulations, International Conference of Computational Methods in Sciences and Engineering, 20-23 March 2015, Athens, Vol. 1702, p. 080005_1-4, ISBN 978-0-7354-1349-8, ISSN 0094-243X, WOS:000371804300031.
  • Alin Anton, Reconstruction of a space-time window in a transient simulation of the breaking of a dam, In Proc. of the 6th Intern. Symp. on Applied Comp. Intel. and Inform. (Timisoara, May 2011), pp. 335–340.
  • Alin Anton, Vladimir Cretu, Fast algorithm for the extraction of a space-time window in finite volume meshes, In Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Applied Computational Intelligence and Informatics (Timisoara, May 2011), pp. 327–330.