Balena is the University's central High Performance Computing cluster (HPC). We invite current and prospective Balena HPC users to join us, once a year, for a day of talks and networking.

The talks centre on HPC, research driven by it and experiences in using it. They have been a huge success in bringing together researchers from a broad range of fields, from Computational Biology to Material Science, to share knowledge. Find out more about specific events and how to register to attend.

Get involved with the next symposium

On top of the hour long keynote lectures, the Symposia include a number of 15 minute presentations and time to view research posters. We invite submissions for talks and poster presentations on all aspects of HPC-orientated research, including:

  • HPC driven research in all disciplines
  • code parallelisation and algorithm development
  • experiences with tools/libraries and the scalability of computational codes
  • experiences with accelerator hardware (e.g. GPUs and Xeon Phis)

If you would like to present a talk or poster, please email your abstract, as a Microsoft Word document or LaTeX file to Please name the file abstract_username.doc (or .tex), replacing username with your University username. Please include the following information:

Presentation title: no more than 2 lines
Names: Speaker name, department,; coauthor names
Type of contribution: talk / poster
Year of study: e.g. 1st/2nd/3rd year PhD, post-doctoral
Abstract: not more than half a page
Keywords: e.g. Computational Chemistry, GPUs, MPI