The organising committee would like to thank all the attendees and speakers who made the 8th annual HPC Symposium a real success. The day was filled with computational-based research from exciting keynote speakers, poster presentations and talks from mechanical engineering, chemistry, mathematics and physics.
The day focused on the importance of HPC in contemporary computing research, looking at the challenges and goals of computational research. Speaker Dr Mike Croucher started the day by giving an overview of challenges which supercomputing faces for future researchers. The day was highlighted by researchers from a variety of departments showing how they overcome challenges through their research. Speakers dedicate their time to explaining how Balena can be adapted to a range of disciplines across the University. Winner of the Surface Laptop for his talk on knee implants, Dr Alisdair MacLeod truly showed the extent of usefulness that Balena can have in taking research to a higher level. Alisdair's use of simulations run in Balena show how knees operate, reducing time spent in a lab. The simulations have helped the project be successful and are waiting for NHS trials to help people with arthritis in their knees.
Poster winner and recipient of the Amazon Echo Dot; Adam Symington from computational chemistry, looked at the possibility of using Balena to run simulations to test innovative, renewable materials which would not be possible in a lab. Balena has not only helped him to reduce time spent in the lab but has also allowed him to experiment with simulations.
The future and progression of HPC was discussed by Mike Kiernan from Microsoft using the cloud for computational research using Jupyter Notebooks. Dr James Price from the University of Bristol shared the exciting Isambard collaboration, intended to expand the network of computational researchers. The Symposium has shown how important is it to showcase a variety of viewpoints and network skills.
Overall, the HPC Symposium has shown the opportunities to undertake complex research for a variety of disciplines. From the speakers and presentations throughout the day, it is safe to say that the future of HPC is exciting and innovative.