CERN openlab Summer Student programme 2019

How to build a large-scale agent-based simulator

by Lukas Breitwieser (CERN openlab and ETH Zürich)

31/3-004 - IT Amphitheatre (CERN)

31/3-004 - IT Amphitheatre


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CERN openlab's knowledge transfer initiative aims at accelerating research outside high-energy physics by applying CERN's technology and know-how. One of those projects is BioDynaMo. The goal is to build a large-scale platform for developmental biological simulations that allow life scientists to answer more sophisticated research questions.

This talk will take the audience on a journey on how to transform the initial idea of BioDynaMo into a high-performance system. Lukas will talk about systems research, good systems design, and software engineering best practices. He will conclude the lecture by presenting exemplary simulations from neuroscience, cancer research, and systems biology.


Lukas Breitwieser is leading the development of the BioDynaMo project, a high-performance platform for developmental biological simulations. He is doing a joint Ph.D. at ETH Zurich supervised by Professor Onur Mutlu and CERN openlab. His research interest is focused on parallel, distributed and high-performance computing. Lukas is driven by a great determination to accelerate medical discoveries through large-scale simulation.

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