Scientific Computing

Developing tools for high performance computing, and applying novel simulation techniques to complex physical processes affecting human health.

Mathematical models and computer simulation are increasingly essential tools for a wide range of scientific subjects. The field of Scientific Computing seeks to create and use these tools to build fundamental knowledge in a wide variety of research fields as well as to find novel application areas for advanced simulation technology to address societal challenges.

At Simula Research Laboratory the focus is on three disciplines: High Performance Computing, Cardiac Modeling, and Biomedical Computing. The department of High Performance Computing aims to develop increasingly efficient and user friendly tools to enhance the accessibility and flexibility of supercomputing, while the departments of Cardiac Modeling and Biomedical Computing aim to use advanced computational methods to investigate complex physiological phenomena, and to address unmet health issues of the modern age such as heart failure and stroke.

Centres & subsidiaries

Center for Biomedical Computing

The majority of the Biomedical Computing department is members of the Center for Biomedical Computing, a Centre of Excellence (SFF) granted by the Research Council of Norway, which has four focus areas

  • Developing computational middelware for modelling physical prosesses of the human body, based upon the finite element software suite FEniCS.
  • Research on robust solvers: Basic, flexible software components for creating PDE solvers.
  • Research on medical problems involving models of electrophysiology and heart mechanics.
  • Research on biomedical flow and tissue interaction problems such as aneurysm formation and rupture, malformations and cyst formations in the spinal cord, and the modeling of the mitral valve and its interaction with blood flow.

Center for Cardiological Innovation

Similarly, the Cardiac Modelling department's main focus is the Center for Cardiological Innovation, which is a long term collaboration with Rikshospitalet and industry partners such as GE Vingmed and Medtronic. The goal of the Centre is to enable translation of advanced research into industrial innovation focused on the two major challenges in modern cardiology: Sudden cardiac death and death from heart failure.  Working together with clinicians, Simula provides advanced modeling techniques in the fields of cardiac electrophysiology, electro-mechanics, and geometric modeling to the center to enable enriched patient specific diagnostics and treatment planning. 


Also operating within the Scientific computing field at Simula is the subsidiary Kalkulo. Kalkulo provides services within data visualization and analysis, computer simulation and geometric modeling, primarily providing solutions to the energy sector. Kalkulo performs both research and development, combining innovative software and expert competence.