Cardiac Computational Modeling CCM



The heart is the most sophisticated pump that hundreds million years of evolution could produce. At organ level, the heart is a coupled multi-physical system: electrical activation drives mechanical deformation which, in turn, pumps blood. The three problems are solved by Alya. 

Contact: mariano.vazquez (at)


MIVAL3D Catalan funded research project

CDTeam Spanish funded research project



  • 2012 HPC Innovation Excellence Award to Alya Red, recognizing “noteworthy achievements by users of high performance computing (HPC) technologies”, by IDC and the HPC User Forum.
  • 2012 National Science Foundation Visualization Challenge, The Public’s Choice Award  to Alya Red: A Computational Heart, video done by the BSC’s Visualization Team (F. Cucchietti, G. Marín and C. Tripiana).


BSC’s Main Researchers 

M. Vázquez, G. Houzeaux, R. Arís, J. Aguado-Sierra, P. Lafortune, M. Rivero (FPI student, starting March 2013)




Main References

  • Vázquez, M., Arís, R., Houzeaux, G., Aubry, R., Villar, P., Garcia-Barnés, J., Gil, D. and Carreras, F. (2011), A massively parallel computational electrophysiology model of the heart. Int. J. Numer. Meth. Biomed. Engng., 27: 1911–1929. doi: 10.1002/cnm.1443
  • Lafortune, P., Arís, R., Vázquez, M. and Houzeaux, G. (2012), Coupled electromechanical model of the heart: Parallel finite element formulation. Int. J. Numer. Meth. Biomed. Engng., 28: 72–86. doi: 10.1002/cnm.1494