Thomas Peterka

Assistant Computer Scientist

Thomas Peterka joined the Mathematics and Computer Science Division in 2007, where he researches the efficacy of performing visualization on leadership-class architectures such as the IBM Blue Gene/P and scaling scientific visualization algorithms up to the maximum number of available processors.

Peterka earned his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2007, where he researched the use of virtual environments for scientific visualization at the Electronic Visualization Laboratory. In his Ph.D. dissertation, Peterka invented a new method of producing autostereoscopic display systems (3D without glasses) by introducing a programmable, active parallax barrier that offers greater flexibility than previous methods.

Research Interests

  • Performing visualization on leadership-class architectures
  • Scaling scientific visualization algorithms up to the maximum number of available processors