We would like to thank everyone who joined us at the 6th Annual HPC Symposium on Monday!
"We have seen the symposium go from strength to strength and become established as a key event for bringing together the University's community of HPC developers and users. This year's symposium was excellent, with talks and posters that highlighted the variety and breadth of HPC usage across the campus, and outstanding keynote talks from two of the UK's leading HPC researchers. My thanks to the organisers who, once again, did a great job."
- Prof David Bird, Chair of the HPC Management Group
This year, over 60 participants attended from within the University along with guests from the University of Bristol, University of Glasgow and from ClusterVision. There was a vibrant array of multi-disciplined contributions from our two keynote speakers, short talks and quick-fire flash presentations (Symposium Programme). The Symposium provided a great opportunity for networking and for learning about new developments in hardware, software and numerical techniques.
Our first keynote speaker, Prof Simon McIntosh-Smith (University of Bristol), Head of the HPC Research Group, discussed how to deal with the increasingly diverse range of competing architectures that software developers are faced with, many of which are available on Bath's own Balena HPC facility. Prof David Britton (University of Glasgow), who is a member of the ALTAS project at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN and leads the GridPP project, gave our second keynote and talked about the evolution of the Worldwide LHC computing grid and how this specialised research infrastructure is helping our understanding of the Universe.
HPC research at the University is innovative and various
The contributions from our community showcased the sheer variety of innovative HPC work being done across the University, covering:
- modelling of rare events and aerospace composites;
- designing buildings for thermal comfort;
- molecular dynamics;
- using GPUs to model the sea floor and the low frequency radio sky;
- simulating quantum lattice states;
- analysing global air quality; and
- optimising partial differential equation solvers.
Thank you and congratulations
We would like to say a big thank you to the contributors, attendees, keynote speakers, session chairs and ground crew, who together made this meeting a day to remember.
Lastly, we would like to congratulate our two prize winners, Jack Betteridge (SAMBa CDT, Mathematical Sciences) and Will Saunders (Mathematical Sciences), once again for their outstanding contributed talk and flash/poster presentation.
We look forward to seeing you again next year!
Dr Steven Chapman (Computing Services)
Dr David Miranda (ACE)
Dr Jonathan Skelton (Chemistry)
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