13 DEC


Postponed - High Performance Community

An in-person event to celebrate the work of N8 CIR over the last 12 months.

Durham University
13 Dec 2021 10 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.


N8 CIR is delighted to announce its first in-person event since March 2020.

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 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)
  • 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, Holger Schulz and the UKRI Cluster Competition Team
  • 4.00pm, Close - Matt Probert and Alan Real
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 - TBC
  • Dave Horsfall - RSE Mental Health
  • Chris Jewell - Putting Epidemic Modelling into Practice in the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic Response
  • Anna Krystalli - Building Communities of Practice in Reproducibility
  • Paul Richmond - Complex Systems Simulation on Complex Computing Architectures
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/high-performance-community-tickets-192282290507

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.

The logos of OCF and IBM
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