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EPSRC Reference: EP/F011628/1
Title: Chaste - Developing software for realistic heart simulations
Principal Investigator: Pitt-Francis, Dr J M
Other Investigators:
Lloyd, Mrs S Whiteley, Dr J Rodriguez, Professor B
Gavaghan, Professor D
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Department: Computer Science
Organisation: University of Oxford
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 October 2007 Ends: 31 March 2009 Value (£): 268,208
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Development (Biosciences) High Performance Computing
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Healthcare Information Technologies
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
16 Apr 2007 HPC Software Development (Science) Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Our aim is to develop the next generation of modelling software to allow in silico modelling of the whole heart to move on to a new level of sophistication and applicability. We have chosen to focus on the heart simulation work since this is the most mature area of systems-level physiological modelling, and provides extremely challenging computational problems. The proposed research will utilise recent developments, both within our group and elsewhere, in numerical analysis, software engineering, and algorithm design to develop a new approach which will yield fully tested and robust codes that are several orders of magnitude faster than existing codes. Combined with the next generation of HPC hardware, this will open up completely novel avenues of physiological research. We will test these codes in collaboration with leading theoretical modelling and experimental research groups, by simulating a range of important research questions which cannot be addressed with the current generation of modelling software. The development and optimisation of the underlying numerical algorithms and their parallel implementation will be undertaken in collaboration with Fujitsu's European Laboratory, ensuring that the resulting code base is of production standard and can be used with confidence by the heart modelling community.
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