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Prof Peter Coveney

Director, Centre for Computational Science
University College London - UCL (Confirmed)

Prof Peter V. Coveney holds a chair in Physical Chemistry, is an Honorary Professor in Computer Science at University College London (UCL) and is Professor Adjunct at Yale University School of Medicine (USA). He is Director of the Centre for Computational Science (CCS) and of the Computational Life and Medical Sciences Network (CLMS) at UCL. Coveney is active in a broad area of interdisciplinary research including condensed matter physics and chemistry, materials science, as well as life and medical sciences in all of which high performance computing plays a major role. He has led many large scale projects, including the EPSRC RealityGrid e-Science Pilot Project (2001-05) and its extension as a Platform Grant (2005-09); he is also PI on several current grants from EPSRC and other agencies, including the the role of Coordinator of the EU FP7 Virtual Physiological Human (VPH) Network of Excellence (2008-13). He has been the recipient of many US NSF and DoE as well as European supercomputing awards (from DEISA and PRACE), which provide access to several petascale computers. Coveney chairs the UK Collaborative Computational Projects Steering Panel and has served on programme committees of many conferences, including the 2002 Nobel Symposium on Self-Organisation; he was Chair of the UK e-Science All Hands Meeting 2008, and of the Discrete Simulation of Fluid Dynamics conference 2003. He has published more than 350 scientific papers and co-authored two best-selling books (The Arrow of Time and Frontiers of Complexity, both with Roger Highfield) and is lead author of the first textbook on Computational Biomedicine (Oxford University Press, 2014). Coveney is a founding member of the UK Government’s E-Initiative Leadership Council and a Medical Academy Nominated Expert to the UK Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology on Data, Algorithms and Modelling which has led to the creation of the London based Turing Institute. He is also a member of the London Centre for the Theory and Simulation of Materials, The Thomas Young Centre.

  • Using ARCHER, the UK’s national HPC service, and working in collaboration with a British software company to enable the study of the blood flow within a connecting system of arteries that sits at the base of the brain
  • Upgrading HemeLB, a modern code with well-designed test and verification processes, to be able to make the best use of ARCHER
  • Getting HemeLB to scale to 50,000 ARCHER cores to perform 153 billion site updates per second