What's this all about?

The Project

GPUGRID.net is a volunteer distributed computing project for biomedical research from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona (Spain). GPUGRID is made of many graphics cards (GPUs) joined together to deliver high-performance all-atom biomolecular simulations. The molecular simulations performed by our volunteers are some of the most common types performed by scientists in the field, but they are also some of the most computationally demanding and usually require a supercomputer. Running GPUGRID on GPUs innovates volunteer computing by delivering supercomputing class applications on a cost effective infrastructure which will greatly impact the way biomedical research is performed.

Our activities pursue exclusively scientific and academic goals, with the invaluable help of all the volunteers that donate computing power to the GPUGRID.net project in order to advance scientific research. We would like to thank them all here.

The Scientists


GIANNI DE FABRITIIS, PhD // Principal Investigator


Ramón y Cajal fellow at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). He has a PhD in chemistry from University of London and Italian laurea in applied mathematics from University of Bologna. He was EPRSC (UK) research fellow for the e-science program in the Centre for Computational Science University College London. Previously, he worked for a start-up company in Italy to furnish advanced and informed decision support to biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. He also worked in the CINECA supercomputing center.


TONI GIORGINO, PhD // Scientist


Toni Giorgino is a researcher at the Institute for Biomedical Engineering of the Italian National Research Council (IsIB-CNR). He holds a degree in Physics (University of Pisa, 2001) and a PhD in Bioengineering and Bioinformatics (University of Pavia, 2005). Until 2011 he has been a post-doc research assistant at the Computational Biophysics and Biochemistry Laboratory of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (GRIB-UPF). His research interests include the application of accelerator architectures (GPUs) and high-performance computing architectures (BOINC and GPUGRID.net) to the modeling of complex biological systems, protein-protein and protein-drug interactions.


MATT HARVEY // Developer


High performance computing systems analyst at Imperial College London. He holds degrees in Astrophysics and information technology from University College London (UCL). During 2002-2005 he worked in the Centre for Computational Science, UCL. Previously, he worked as a software engineer in the financial banking services sector. He is currently pursuing a PhD at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra.




Noelia Ferruz is a predoctoral researcher at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. She holds a degree in Chemistry (University of Zaragoza, 2011) and she is currently enrolled into Master's program in Bioinformatics for Health Sciences. She previously undertook a computational project about large-scale simulations for multi-domain proteins at the University of Cambridge, and now she is currently working in the field of Drug Discovery with the aim of finding new applications to the fragment-based approach.


STEFAN DOERR // PhD student


Stefan Doerr is a predoctoral researcher at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Crete (UOC) and a Master's degree in Computer Science with application in Biology from the Technical University of Berlin (TUB). His interests lie in the development of methods to accelerate molecular simulations as well as developing tools for the analysis of biomolecular systems.




Holds a degree in Biomedical Sciences from the university of Barcelona (UB) and a master in Bioinformatics in the university Pompeu Fabra (UPF). Passionated about web design/development and currently undergoing his PhD in molecular simulation in the hope of unraveling molecular mechanisms related to clinically relevant diseases.

Former members

  • Nathaniel Stanley, PhD (2011-2015)
  • S. Kashif Sadiq, PhD (2008-12)
  • Ignasi Buch, PhD (2008-12)
  • Paola Bisignano, PhD (2012-13)