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Dr Philip Blakely

Dr Philip Blakely

Research Associate

Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 746627


Philip Blakely is currently a PDRA within the Laboratory for Scientific Computing. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2010, in Numerical Relativity, under the supervision of Dr Nikolaos Nikiforakis.

He lectures for the MPhil in Scientific Computing, in C++ and CUDA, and has provided technical and teaching support for the HPC Autumn Academy [].

Research Interests

Dr Blakely's PhD thesis concerned Bondi-Hoyle-Lyttleton accretion onto black holes. He developed a fully three-dimensional code, based on the Overture library [], which allowed him to investigate the effects of the spin of the black hole, as well as the effect of a non-uniform fluid density upstream of the black hole.

Dr Blakely's current research interests are the efficient implementation of various fundamental numerical methods. In particular, he is working on parallelising AMR algorithms, in conjunction with multi-material evolution based on Ghost-Fluid methods. He is also interested in C++ and CUDA and how they can be used most effectively in developing efficient large-scale simulation codes.


Scientific Programming in C++
Programming with GPUs

Lecture notes are available at []


  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Numerical Relativity

Key Publications