MFEM Community Workshop

October 20, 2021

Virtual Meeting

Speakers' slides are linked in the agenda below. Read the article about the workshop on LLNL's Computing website. Watch the video playlist of workshop presentations (linked individually below and available on the videos page), and view contest submissions in the gallery.



The MFEM team is happy to announce the first MFEM Community Workshop, which will take place on October 20, 2021, virtually, using WebEx for videoconferencing. The goal of the workshop is to foster collaboration among all MFEM users and developers, share the latest MFEM features with the broader community, deepen application engagements, and solicit feedback to guide future development directions for the project.

For questions, please contact the meeting organizers at


Registration closed on October 18th.

Meeting format

Depending on the interest and user feedback, the meeting will include the following elements:

Workshop participants are encouraged to join the MFEM Community Slack workspace to communicate with other MFEM users and developers before, during and after the MFEM workshop.

The meeting activities will take place 7:45am-2:45pm Pacific Daylight Time (GMT-7):

Wednesday, October 20

PDFs and videos are linked below.

Time (PDT, GMT-7) Activity Presenter
7:45-8:00 Welcome and Overview (PDF, video) Aaron Fisher
8:00-8:30 The State of MFEM (PDF, video) Tzanio Kolev
8:30-9:00 Recent Developments in MFEM (PDF, video) Veselin Dobrev
9:00-10:00 Talks, Session I
(20 mins each)
• Jamie Bramwell (LLNL), Serac: User-Friendly Abstractions for MFEM-Based Engineering Applications (PDF, video)
• Thomas Helfer (CEA), MFEM-MGIS-MFront, a MFEM-Based Library for Nonlinear Solid Thermomechanic (PDF, video)
• Felipe Gómez, Carlos del Valle, & Julián Jiménez (National University of Colombia), Phase Change Heat and Mass Transfer Simulation with MFEM (PDF, video)
10:00-10:30 Break & Group Photo All
Download a virtual background below
10:30-12:30 Talks, Session II
(20 mins each)
• Robert Rieben (LLNL), The Multiphysics on Advanced Platforms Project: Performance, Portability and Scaling (video)
• Marc Bolinches (UT), Development of DG Compressible Navier-Stokes Solver with MFEM (PDF, video)
• Mathias Davids (Harvard), Modeling Peripheral Nerve Stimulations (PNS) in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) (PDF, video)
• Jan Nikl (ELI Beamlines), Laser Plasma Modeling with High-Order Finite Element (PDF, video)
• Qi Tang (LANL), An Adaptive, Scalable Fully Implicit Resistive MHD Solver (video)
• Syun’ichi Shiraiwa (PPPL), Development of PyMFEM Python Wrapper for MFEM & Scalable RF Wave Simulation for Nuclear Fusion (PDF, video)
12:30-1:00 Break All
1:00-2:00 Talks, Session III
(20 mins each)
• William Dawn (NCSU), Unstructured Finite Element Neutron Transport using MFEM (PDF, video)
• Vladimir Tomov (LLNL), MFEM Capabilities for High-Order Mesh Optimization (PDF, video)
• Will Pazner (LLNL), High-Order Matrix-Free Solvers (PDF, video)
2:00-2:30 Wrap-Up and Simulation Contest Winners (PDF, video) Aaron Fisher

Simulation and Visualization Contest

The 2021 MFEM Workshop featured a simulation and visualization contest. The submitted entries can be viewed in the gallery.

Virtual Backgrounds

We invite workshop participants to use the virtual backgrounds designed for this event. Click each image to enlarge, then right-click to save locally.

Organizing Committee

Holly AutenAaron FisherTzanio KolevWill PaznerMark Stowell