MFEM Community Workshop

October 25, 2022

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 third MFEM Community Workshop, which will take place on October 25, 2022, virtually, using Zoom for video conferencing. 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 11th.

Meeting format

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

See also the agenda for the previous 2021 MFEM workshop.

Meeting format

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 7:40am-4:00pm Pacific Daylight Time (GMT-7):

Tuesday, October 25

Time (PDT, GMT-7) Activity Presenter
7:40-8:00 Welcome & Overview (PDF, video) Aaron Fisher (LLNL)
8:00-8:20 The State of MFEM (PDF, video) Tzanio Kolev (LLNL)
8:20-8:40 Recent Developments (PDF, video) Veselin Dobrev (LLNL)
8:40-9:00 Break All
9:00-10:00 Talks, Session I
(20 mins each)

Chair: Will Pazner
Ben Zwick (University of Western Australia)
Solution of the Electroencephalography Forward Problem Using MFEM (PDF, video)
Carlos Brito Pacheco (Université Grenoble Alpes)
Rodin: Lightweight and Modern C++17 Shape, Density and Topology Optimization Framework (PDF, video)
Tobias Duswald (CERN | TUM)
Solving Stochastic, Fractional PDEs with MFEM with Applications to Random Field Generation and Topology Optimization (PDF, video)
10:00-10:20 Break & Group Photo All
Download a virtual background below
10:20-11:20 Talks, Session II
(20 mins each)

Chair: Socratis Petrides
Alvaro Sanchez Villar (PPPL)
MFEM Application to EM-wave Simulation in ECR Space Plasma Thrusters (PDF, video)
Brian Young
OpenParEM2D: A 2D Simulator for Guided Waves (PDF, video)
Christina Migliore (MIT)
The Development of the EM RF Edge Interactions Miniapp “Stix” Using MFEM (PDF, video)
11:20-11:40 Break All
11:40-12:40 Talks, Session III
(20 mins each)

Chair: Aaron Fisher
Will Pazner (PDX)
High-Order Solvers + GPU Acceleration (PDF, video)
Jorge-Luis Barrera (LLNL)
Shape and Topology Optimization Powered by MFEM (PDF, video)
Siu Wun Cheung (LLNL)
Reduced Order Modeling for Finite Element Simulations through the Partnership of MFEM and libROM (PDF, video)
1:00-2:00 Talks, Session IV
(20 mins each)

Chair: Tzanio Kolev
Devlin Hayduke (ReLogic)
Project Minerva: Accelerated Deployment of MFEM Based Solvers in Large Scale Industrial Problems (PDF, video)
Tim Brewer (Synthetik)
blastFEM: A GPU-accelerated, Very High-performance and Energy-efficient Solver for Highly Compressible Flows (PDF, video)
Adolfo Rodriguez (OpenSim)
Using MFEM for Wellbore Stability Analysis (PDF, video)
2:00-2:20 Break All
2:20-2:40 MFEM AWS tutorial (Instructions, video) Julian Andrej (LLNL)
2:40-3:00 Wrap-up & Contest Winners (PDF, video) Aaron Fisher (LLNL)
3:00-4:00 Q&A Session MFEM team available on Zoom + Slack

Simulation and Visualization Contest

We will be holding a simulation and visualization contest open to all attendees. Participants can submit visualizations (images or videos) from MFEM-related simulations. The winner of the competition (selected by the organizing committee) will receive an MFEM T-shirt. We will also feature the images in the gallery. Here are the winners from the 2021 workshop:

Dennis Ogiermann: Electric field in rabbit heart

Tamas Horvath: Incompressible flow around rotating turbine

To submit an entry in the contest, please fill out the Google form.

Alternatively, you may email your submission to, including your name, institution, a short description of the simulation (the underlying physics, discretization, application details, etc.), and visualization software used (GLVis, ParaView, VisIt, etc.).

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.