CompBioMed Webinar #4: Introduction to Biomedical Applications on High Performance Computers


The 4th CompBioMed  webinar introduces the fundamental concepts and basic tools of HPC environments, and includes an application example of flowing red blood cells in a vessel section. It is divided into 2 major sections. 

The first part, presented by Dr Gavin Pringle (EPCC), presents a high-level overview of HPC along with practical examples. 

The second part, presented by Dr Gábor Závodszky (UvA),  showcases the usage of an open-source HPC code (, which is built to simulate blood flows on the level of single cells. The whole talk forms a coherent unit providing a brief guide that takes you from the conceptual basics of HPC computing to an actual application.

This is the 4th of a series of webinars that the CompBioMed Centre of Excellence is organising in collaboration with the VPH Institute. 

About the speakers: 

Dr Gavin J. Pringle received a PhD in CFD from Napier University, with University of Edinburgh and the University of California at Berkeley as cooperating institutions. After a four year post-doc at Napier, researching the Lagrangian simulation of turbulent fluid flow over a sphere, he moved in 1997 to EPCC (, University of Edinburgh, and is currently an Applications Consultant in High Performance Computing. Currently, Gavin is WP leader for CompBioMed Innovation and Sustainability; and managing the Fortissimo Helpdesk, where Fortissimo is an EU umbrella project with eight EU HPC centres to sell HPC cycles and expertise to Industry.

Dr Gábor Závodszky has a background in physics and obtained his PhD in biofluid-related CFD in 2015. He is currently a PostDoc at the Computational Science Lab of the University of Amsterdam (, where he plays a role in several ongoing projects, such as CompBioMed, INSIST, and the National Brain Research Program (NAP). His areas of interest include: applications of the lattice Boltzmann method, GPU programming, data visualisation, particle transport physics, chaotic flows and cellular suspensions.

You can register to the webinar for free from here

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