Alya Red - HPC-based Computational Biomechanics for Supercomputers



No man-made structure is designed like a heart. Considering the highly sophisticated engineering evidenced in the heart, it is not surprising that our understanding of it comes so slowly.

Daniel D. Streeter Jr. - The Handbook of Physiology Section 2. 

The Heart (American Physiology Society). 1979.


Lead by M. Vázquez and G. Houzeaux, CASE Department, BSC-CNS.

Alya Red is the BSC’s CASE Department research initiative in the field of Computational Biomechanics. Based in the in-house parallel multiphysics code Alya, it is set of collaborative research projects to develop computational mechanics simulation tools specifically designed for biomedical research to run on supercomputers. The main goal is to contribute to the better understanding of biological systems by setting up a computational scenario where complex physiological models can be put to a test. This scenario is designed  together by Computational Scientists, Bioengineers and Medical Doctors. Alya Red targets  a wide range of application fields, from medical sciences up to pharmaceutical industry. 

Alya Red is partially funded by the Spanish “Excelencia Severo Ochoa” program.

Research Lines: 

Alya Red research lines are: 

Cardiac Computational Modelling

Cerebral Aneurysms, with J.Cebral (GMU, USA) and co-workers

Human Respiratory System

Deposition and Absortion in Physiological Flows (MatComPhys - FP7 People)

Long Skeletal Muscles

Tissue Engineering