Dr. Pavel Burovskiy



I'm a dostdoc researcher in the Custom Computing research group, in the Department of Computing at Imperial College London.

Recently I moved from Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College, where I worked on Nektar++ spectral/hp Finite Element methods code in the Prof. Spencer Sherwin's research group, as a part of the Libhpc project lead by London e-Science Centre.

Here in Custom Computing research group my research focus is on accelerating high order Finite Element methods on FPGAs (Field-Programmable Gate Arrays), with Nektar++ as a target application. The aim of the current project is to achieve higher performance at the lower energy price using Continuous Galerkin scheme on an unstructured mesh with mixed high order elements. This effectively means working on large scale sparse HPC problems on high end FPGAs. I'm using Maxeler MAX4 accelerators and compiler toolchain in this project.


My past experience as a postdoc in the University of Exeter includes working on nonlinear constraint optimisation method(s) for low latency hydraulic modelling of water distribution network (see CWSNet project).

My background is in (large scale) computer algebra on its own and applied to problems in mathematical physics (integrability by method of hydrodynamic reductions). I received a PhD in Mathematics from Loughborough University in 2009.

Research Interests

  • Sparse iterative solvers on CPUs and FPGAs, and more generically, sparse problems.
  • Accelerating mathematically challenging applications on reconfigurable hardware.
  • Nonlinear optimisation methods