13 JUN


CIR Community Day

N8 CIR have now rescheduled their community day from December 2021

Durham University
13 Jun 2022 10 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.


Starting at 10am, the event will use keynotes, presentations and lightning talks to celebrate the work and achievements of N8 CIR over the last 12 months.

The event will focus on three key areas:

  • Bede, N8 CIR's high-performance computing platform
  • N8 CIR's successful application to become a chapter of Women in HPC
  • The launch of our new machine learning research theme

  • 10am, Registration and Coffee
  • 10.30am, Welcome and Introductions - Colin Bain,
  • 10.45am, Keynote 1, Women in HPC - Alison Kennedy, Director of the Hartree Centre
  • 11.15am, N8 CIR WHPC Chapter Overview - Marion Weinzierl, RSE Theme Leader & Mariann Hardey, chapter co-founder, and the WHPC Action Group
  • 11.30am, Keynote 2, Using Bede - Syma Khalid, Professor of Computational Microbiology, University of Oxford and Sarah Harris, Associate Professor of Biological Physics, University of Leeds
  • 12 noon, Lunch
  • 1.00pm, EPSRC - Billy McGregor, EPSRC Portfolio Manager
  • 1.15pm, DiRAC - Mark Wilkinson, DiRAC Director
  • 1.30pm, Bede System Overview - Alan Real (N8 CIR Technical Director) and Andrew Laidlaw (IBM) TBC
  • 1.50pm, N8 CIR Research Themes, including the launch of our new machine learning thread - Matt Probert, Director N8 CIR, David Hogg, Professor of Artifical Intelligence, University of Leeds and Theme Leaders https://n8cir.org.uk/themes/
  • 2.20pm, Lightning Talks
  • 2.40pm, Coffee
  • 3.10pm, Lightning Talks
  • 3.40pm, CIUK Cluster Competition, Laura Morgenstern and the UKRI Cluster Competition Team
  • 4pm, Close
  • 4.15pm, Food, drink and poster viewing
  • 6pm, End
Lightning Talks
  • Oras Al-Ani - A Review on the Role of Materials Engineering in Renewable Energy Sources
  • Alison Clarke - From Turtles to HPC: Agent-based Modelling of a Classroom
  • Jochen Einbeck - The Condor Cluster in Mathematical Sciences
  • Phil Hasnip - The Quick and the Dead: Accelerating CASTEP on Bede
  • Dave Horsfall - RSE Mental Health
  • Anna Krystalli - Building Communities of Practice in Reproducibility
  • Robert Chisholm - Agent Based Modelling (ABM) with FLAME GPU 2

The event will also see the welcome return of posters. We are welcoming submissions from everyone attending the event, from researchers to RSEs.

If you wish to submit a poster for the event you can let us know during the registration process on Eventbrite.

Social Programme

Although the event has a formal close of 4.30pm it is hoped that a social event will continue until 6.30pm. Whist details are yet to be confirmed, this is likely to be an outdoor event with a barbecue or wood-fired pizza available.

Remote Attendance

Remote joining options will be available, although a final decision about the platform has not been made. Please register as usual and joining details will be sent out as soon as possible.

Health and Safety

Durham university requires staff, students, and visitors to wear face masks or coverings if they can whilst on campus. This will include the Teaching and Learning Centre, where this event is due to take place. The venue has a capacity well in excess of the number of available places, which means you will be able to socially distance whilst listening to speaker presentations.

We would encourage attendees to take a lateral flow test no earlier than 48 hours before the event. If a positive test is returned then please do not attend.

For more information about Durham University’s approach to Covid-19, please visit their website at: https://www.dur.ac.uk/coronavirus/


Book a place at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cir-community-day-tickets-328657943757

Please remember to use your .ac.uk address when registering, this helps us to ensure you are eligible for the session. If you work for a partner organisation such as STFC there is a separate checkbox in the registration form.

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