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HPC Symposium 2017

This symposium is a chance for current and prospective users of the University's High Performance Computer to network and exchange ideas.

  • 12 Jun 2017, 10.00am to 12 Jun 2017, 6.00pm BST (GMT +01:00)
  • Chancellor's Building, Chancellor's Building, 2.6, University of Bath
  • This event is free
Participants gathered next to posters for the HPC 2016 symposium
Join us at our next Symposium

The University of Bath's 6th annual HPC Symposium will take place on Monday 12 June 2017, in the Chancellors' Building. The one-day event will give you the opportunity to get an overview of the broad research being done by the growing HPC community at Bath. You will also have the opportunity discuss your own work with others in an informal setting.

The day is loosely planned to include keynote lectures alongside talks and poster presentations by Balena users. Prizes will be awarded for the best talks and posters. Refreshments and a buffet lunch will be provided during the day, and there will be an early-evening networking event with pizza and refreshments.

Important dates:

  • 22nd May: Abstract submission deadline
  • 31st May: Registration deadline
  • 12th June: HPC Symposium

Keynote speakers

Simon McIntosh-Smith: “Xeon and Pascal and POWER, oh Phi!": how to cope in a world of increasingly diverse architectures

Simon is a Professor of High Performance Computing and the Head of the Microelectronics Research Group. He is a contributor to both the OpenCL and OpenMP parallel programming standards, regular member of the programme committee for IEEE/ACM SuperComputing and ISC and member of the EPSRC Archer national supercomputer design team.

David Britton: Evolution of the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid

David is a professor of physics at the University of Glasgow and Project Leader of the GridPP project that provides Grid computing for particle physics throughout the UK. He is a member of the ATLAS collaboration, one of the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN with an interest in Higgs decaying to a pair of tau-leptons. Previously he worked on CMS, another of the LHC experiments, qualifying the crystals that make up the end-caps of the electromagnetic calorimeter. He has also worked at the Stanford Linear Accelerator (the BaBar experiment); Cornell (the CLEO experiment); and at DESY in Hamburg (the ARGUS experiment) with an emphasis on tracking detectors. Earlier work at TRIUMF in Vancouver established the most stringent limits on lepton universality through rare pion decays.

He has been involved with the GridPP project since conception in 2000 and was one of the lead authors of the proposals for all three phases. Initially appointed as Project Manager, he took over as the GridPP Project leader in 2008. GridPP is a collaboration of Particle Physicists and Computing Scientists from 19 UK Universities together with the Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory and CERN.

Get involved with the Symposium

There is no registration fee. If you are interested in attending, please register by Wednesday 31st May and let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.

Present a talk or posters at the Symposium

You can submit an abstract for a talk or poster presentations on all aspects of HPC-orientated research. This year, there will be a dedicated session for postgraduate students with posters to give a five-minute flash presentation to introduce themselves and their work. All other contributed talks will be 15 minutes (12 mins + 3 mins questions).

Posters will be displayed in the Chancellor’s Building. The boards will accommodate up to A0 posters, and there are no specific requirements on size/orientation.

Find out more about getting involved and submitting abstracts. The deadline for abstract submissions is Monday 22nd May 2017. The schedule will be finalised and presenting authors notified the following week.


At the end of the Symposium the Prize Committee will be awarding two prizes for the best contributions to the Symposium. Prizes will be an iPad Mini and an NVIDIA SHIELD TV console. A prize will also be awarded to the best student poster presentation.

Scientific organising committee

  • Dr Steven Chapman, Computing Services
  • Dr David Miranda, Dept of Architecture and Civil Engineering
  • Dr Jonathan Skelton, Dept of Chemistry

Local organising committee

  • Steven Chapman, Computing Services
  • Roshan Mathew, Computing Services

Hashtag: #BathHPC2017

Who should attend

Current and prospective users of the University's Balena HPC facility.


The Chancellor's Building has level access with double-width automatic doors. There are lifts inside the building.

Find more information about the accessibility of The Chancellor's Building on DisabledGo.

Booking details

Register for this event


Chancellor's Building Chancellor's Building, 2.6 University of Bath Claverton Down Bath BA2 7AY United Kingdom


If you have any questions, please contact us.