UCL Quantum Science and Technology Institute

Prof Peter Coveney

Prof Peter Coveney

Professor of Physical Chemistry

Dept of Chemistry

Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Oct 2002

Research summary

In my position as Director of the Centre for Computational Science (CCS) and the Computational Life and Medical Sciences Network (CLMS) I lead a strong and sustained effort to enable cutting edge compute- and data-intensive scientific research on HPC and e-Science infrastructures worldwide. Within the CCS we tackle a wide range of scientific problems , from the life sciences to engineering, through simulation, thereby intensively using infrastructures such as the NGS, EGI, TeraGrid, DEISA and PRACE.  Our investigations span time and length-scales from the macro-, through the meso- and to the nano- and microscales. We also embrace grid computing as a means to push our research beyond the boundaries of what can be achieved using a single computational resource, often performing single simulations that span multiple grid machines, and invoke tools such as computational steering and high performance visualisation.

We perform this research not in isolation, but as part of numerous large UK, EU and international collaborative projects (such as Genius, VPH, Virolab and MAPPER, but also the two recently awarded EU projects EUDAT and CRESTA). In addition I am a founding editor of the new Journal of Computational Science, have published more than 280 scientific papers, edited 20 books and coauthored two best-selling popular science books (The Arrow of Time and Frontiers of Complexity, both with Roger Highfield).


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AXZ, |
University of Oxford
DPhil, | 1985
University of Oxford
MA, | 1982
University of Oxford
BA Hons, | 1981


Prof Peter V Coveney holds a Chair in Physical Chemistry, is Director of the Centre for Computational Science (CCS) and the Computational Life and Medical Sciences (CLMS) Network, and is an Honorary Professor in Computer Science at UCL. His group performs research in atomistic, meso scale and multiscale modelling, including quantum and classical molecular dynamics, multi-scale coupled molecular dynamics, dissipative particle dynamics, lattice gas and lattice-Boltzmann techniques, for which he exploits state of the art high performance computing and visualisation methods. Coveney led the large EPSRC RealityGrid e-Science Pilot Project (2001-05) and its successor funded from 2005 through to 2009 as a Platform Grant; he is also the PI on several other current grants, including the EPSRC funded GENIUS project. He was a partner in the EU's FP6 STEP (Strategy for the EuroPhysiome) Project, a Coordination Action which wrote the Road Map for the development of the Virtual Physiological Human (VPH). The VPH Initiative, now underway within the EU's 7th Framework Programme (2007-2014), aims at developing this ambitious goal for integrative biomedicine; Coveney is leading the VPH Network of Excellence within this initiative. He has held several major NSF funded supercomputing grants. Coveney is the recipient of an HPC Challenge Award (SuperComputing 2003), an HPC Analytics Challenge Award (SC05), and International Supercomputing Conference Awards (2004 and 2006). At TeraGrid’08 he won the Transformational Science Challenge (for GENIUS) and two 5K Club Memberships (for scaling performance of LB3D and HYPO4D to 33K and 16K cores respectively). Coveney is Chairman of the UK Collaborative Computational Projects (CCP) Steering Panel and is a member of the UK High-End Computing Strategy Committee. Coveney is a founding member of the Discrete Simulation of Fluid Dynamics annual international conference and was Chair in 2003.