Prof. Dr. Michael Bader


Technische Universität München

TUM School of CIT
Department of Computer Science
Boltzmannstrasse 3
85748 Garching

Tel: +49-89-35831-7810
Fax: +49-89-289-18607
Office: at Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (Boltzmannstr. 1), E.2.044
Email: bader(at)

Office Hours: by arrangement


Michael Bader is associated professor at the Department of Computer Science and leads the group on hardware-aware algorithms and software for high performance computing. In particular, he focuses on challenges imposed by latest supercomputing platforms, and the development of suitable efficient and scalable algorithms and software for simulation tasks in science and engineering. The corresponding research group is therefore located at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre.

Research Topics

  • High Performance Computing/Supercomputing
  • Simulation software: SeisSol, ExaHyPE, sam(oa)²
  • Efficient parallel numerical algorithms (e.g., parallel adaptive mesh refinement, high-order discontinuous Galerkin schemes) and optimising their performance
  • Large-scale simulation in the geosciences: earthquakes, tsunamis

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Research Projects

Running Projects

Completed Projects

Currently Teaching

Winter term 2023/24

TitleCourse no.TypeLecturer (assistant)
Bachelor-Practical Course Tsunami-Simulation (IN0012, IN4153)0000000791PR
  • M. G. Bader [L]
  • M. Marot-Lassauzaie
  • M. Wille
Master Practical Course - Scientific Computing - High-Performance Computing (IN2106, IN4230)2409687962PR
  • M. G. Bader [L]
  • K. Gaddameedi
  • M. Marot-Lassauzaie
Numerical Algorithms for High Performance Computing (IN2398)0000000816VI
  • M. G. Bader [L]
  • K. Gaddameedi
  • M. Mühlhäußer
Practical Scientific Computing 1 (IN2005)0000000231UE
  • M. G. Bader [L]
  • C. Datar
  • K. Ravi
Scientific Computing 1 (IN2005)0000001358VO
  • M. G. Bader [L]
  • C. Datar
  • K. Ravi
Seminar Course - Fundamentals of Wave Simulation - Solving Hyperbolic Systems of PDEs (IN2183, IN2107)0000000665SE
  • M. G. Bader [L]
  • D. Schneller

Summer term 2024

TitleCourse no.TypeLecturer (assistant)
Algorithms for Scientific Computing (IN2001)0000002480VI
  • M. G. Bader [L]
  • K. Gaddameedi
  • M. Wille
B.Sc. Seminar - High-Performance Computing (IN0014, IN4952)0000003260SE
  • M. G. Bader [L]
  • H. Liu Weng
  • S. Narvaez Rivas
M.Sc. Seminar: Modern Trends in High Performance Computing (IN218305, IN2107)0000002603SE
  • M. G. Bader [L]
  • H. Liu Weng
  • S. Narvaez Rivas
Scientific Computing II (IN2141)0000002465VI
  • M. G. Bader [L]
  • M. Mishra
  • D. Schneller


  • Bader, Michael: Space-Filling Curves - An Introduction with Applications in Scientific Computing. Texts in Computational Science and Engineering 9. Springer-Verlag, 2013 more… BibTeX

Publications (Journals, Proceedings, Book Contributions)

  • Breuer, Alexander; Heinecke, Alexander; Bader, Michael; Pelties, Christian: Accelerating SeisSol by Generating Vectorized Code for Sparse Matrix Operators. Parallel Computing - Accelerating Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) (Advances in Parallel Computing 25), IOS Press, 2014 more… BibTeX
  • Weinzierl, Tobias; Wittmann, Roland; Unterweger, Kristof; Bader, Michael; Breuer, Alexander; Rettenberger, Sebastian: Hardware-aware block size tailoring on adaptive spacetree grids for shallow water waves. HiStencils 2014 - 1st International Workshop on High-Performance Stencil Computations, 2014 more… BibTeX
  • Heinecke, Alexander; Breuer, Alexander; Rettenberger, Sebastian; Bader, Michael; Gabriel, Alice-Agnes; Pelties, Christian; Bode, Arndt; Barth, William; Liao, Xiang-Ke; Vaidyanathan, Karthikeyan; Smelyanskiy, Mikhail; Dubey, Pradeep: Petascale High Order Dynamic Rupture Earthquake Simulations on Heterogeneous Supercomputers. SC '14: Proceedings of the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, IEEE, 2014, 3-14 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Breuer, Alexander; Heinecke, Alexander; Rettenberger, Sebastian; Bader, Michael; Gabriel, Alice-Agnes; Pelties, Christian: Sustained Petascale Performance of Seismic Simulations with SeisSol on SuperMUC. Supercomputing - 29th International Conference, ISC 2014 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science 8488), Springer, 2014 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI ) Full text (mediaTUM)
  • Schreiber, Martin; Bungartz, Hans-Joachim; Bader, Michael: Shared Memory Parallelization of Fully-Adaptive Simulations Using a Dynamic Tree-Split and -Join Approach. IEEE International Conference on High Performance Computing (HiPC), IEEE Xplore, 2012 more… BibTeX
  • Bader, Michael; Rahnema, Kaveh; Vigh, Csaba Attila: Memory-Efficient Sierpinski-Order Traversals on Dynamically Adaptive, Recursively Structured Triangular Grids. Applied Parallel and Scientific Computing - 10th International Conference, PARA 2010 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science 7134), Springer, 2012 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Bader, Michael; Bungartz, Hans-Joachim; Schreiber, Martin: Invasive Computing on High Performance Shared Memory Systems. Facing the Multicore-Challenge III (Lecture Notes in Computer Science 7686), 2012 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Bader, Michael; Breuer, Alexander: Teaching Parallel Programming Models on a Shallow-Water Code. ISPDC 2012 - 11th International Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Computing, IEEE Computer Society, 2012 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Meister, Oliver; Rahnema, Kaveh; Bader, Michael: A Software Concept for Cache-Efficient Simulation on Dynamically Adaptive Structured Triangular Grids. Applications, Tools and Techniques on the Road to Exascale Computing (Advances in Parallel Computing 22), IOS Press, 2012 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Bader, Michael; Bungartz, Hans-Joachim; Gerndt, Michael; Hollmann, Andreas; Weidendorfer, Josef: Invasive Programming as a Concept for HPC. Proceedings of the 10h IASTED International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Computing and Networks 2011 (PDCN 2011), 2011 more… BibTeX


  • Michael Bader: Speeding Up Bayesian Inverse Problems with Fused Simulations. SIAM Conference on Parallel Processing for Scientific Computing (PP24), 2024 more… BibTeX
  • Michael Bader: Model Flexibility and Performance Portability for Extreme-Scale Earthquake Simulations. 2023 SIAM Conference on Mathematical & Computational Issues in the Geosciences, 2023 more… BibTeX
  • Michael Bader et al.: Doubt and Redundancy Kill Soft Errors - Replication-Based Resilience in ExaHyPE. SIAM Conference on Parallel Processing for Scientific Computing (PP22), 2022 more… BibTeX
  • Ravil Dorozhinskii; Michael Bader: GPU Optimisation of Local Time Stepping on Unstructured Adaptive Meshes. SIAM Conference on Parallel Processing for Scientific Computing (PP22), 2022 more… BibTeX
  • Michael Bader et al.: ExaSeis: Seismic Wave Propagation and Earthquake Modelling in the ExaHyPE Engine. The PASC21 Conference, 2021 more… BibTeX
  • Michael Bader et al.: High-Order DG Solvers in ExaHyPE: from Shallow Water to Solid Earth. SIAM Conference on Mathematical and Computational Issues in the Geosciences (GS21), 2021 more… BibTeX
  • Michael Bader: Towards Exascale Hyperbolic PDE Engines – Are We Skating to Where the Puck Will Be? Supercomputing Frontiers Europe 2020, 2020 more… BibTeX
  • Michael Bader: A Simulation Pipeline for the Simulation of Earthquakes and Resulting Tsunamis. SIAM Conference on Mathematical & Computational Issues in the Geosciences (GS19), 2019Houston, USA more… BibTeX
  • Michael Bader: Challenges for High Order Simulations for Seismology. (Talk / International HPC Summer School 2018) 2018 more… BibTeX
  • Michael Bader: Extreme Scale Multi-Physics Simulations of the 2004 Sumatra Megathrust Earthquake. (Talk / TUM-IAS Scientists Meet Scientists – Wednesday Coffee Talk) 2018 more… BibTeX


  • Wolf, Sebastian; Seelinger, Linus; Bader, Michael: Parallel uncertainty quantification with fused simulations. International Conference on Data-Integrated Simulation Science (SimTech2023), 2023 more… BibTeX Full text (mediaTUM)
  • Ravil Dorozhinskii; Lukas Krenz; Sebastian Wolf; Gregor Hillers; Alice-Agnes Gabriel; Piero Lanucara; Michael Bader: Using code-transformation and CUDA graphs to optimize 3D elastic-acoustic simulations on Nvidia DGX A100. GPU technology conference (GTC) 2022, 2022 more… BibTeX Full text (mediaTUM)
  • Wolf, Sebastian; Galis, Martin; Uphoff, Carsten; Gabriel, Alice-Agnes; Moczo, Peter; Gregor, Dávid; Bader, Michael: An Efficient ADER-DG Scheme for Simulation of Seismic Waves in Poroelastic Media. SSA Annual Meeting 2022, 2022Bellevue, Washington, USA more… BibTeX Full text (mediaTUM)
  • Wolf, Sebastian; Bader, Michael; Gabriel, Alice-Agnes; Galis, Martin; Uphoff, Carsten: Wave propagation in anisotropic and poroelastic media using high order ADER-DG. ISC High Performance 2021, 2021 more… BibTeX Full text (mediaTUM)
  • Bader, Michael; Gallard, Jean-Matthieu; Rannabauer, Leonhard; Reinarz, Anne; Weinzierl, Tobias: Role-Oriented Code Generation in ExaHyPE. SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering 2021, 2021 more… BibTeX Full text (mediaTUM)

Supervised Dissertations

  • Krenz, Lukas Daniel Sidney: A Fully Coupled Model for Petascale Earthquake-Tsunami and Earthquake-Sound Simulations. Dissertation, 2024 more… BibTeX Full text (mediaTUM)
  • Samfass, Philipp: Reactive Load Balancing and Resilience Techniques in Simulation Applications on Supercomputers. Dissertation, 2022 more… BibTeX
  • Rannabauer, Leonhard Andreas: Earthquake and Tsunami Simulation with high-order ADER-DG methods. Dissertation, 2022 more… BibTeX Full text (mediaTUM)
  • Gallard, Jean-Matthieu: Template-based code generation for a customizable high-performance hyperbolic PDE engine. Dissertation, 2021 more… BibTeX Full text (mediaTUM)
  • Pöppl, Alexander Ludwig: Evaluation of the Actor Model for the Parallelization of Block-Structured Adaptive HPC Applications. Dissertation, 2021 more… BibTeX Full text (mediaTUM)
  • Uphoff, Carsten: Flexible model extension and optimisation for earthquake simulations at extreme scales. Dissertation, 2020 more… BibTeX Full text (mediaTUM)
  • de Resende Ferreira, Cháulio: Vectorization and Patch-Based Adaptive Mesh Refinement for Finite Volume Solvers. Dissertation, 2019 more… BibTeX Full text (mediaTUM)
  • Rettenberger, Sebastian: Scalable I/O on Modern Supercomputers for Simulations on Unstructured Meshes. Dissertation, 2018 more… BibTeX
  • Langenberg, Robert: Analysis and Optimization of the Offline Software of the ATLAS Experiment at CERN. Dissertation, 2017 more… BibTeX Full text (mediaTUM)
  • Meister, Oliver: Sierpinski Curves for Parallel Adaptive Mesh Refinement in Finite Element and Finite Volume Methods. Dissertation, 2016 more… BibTeX Full text (mediaTUM)
  • Breuer, Alexander Nikolas: High Performance Earthquake Simulations. Dissertation, 2015 more… BibTeX Full text (mediaTUM)