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HPC Symposium 2019

This symposium brings together current and prospective members of the High-Performance Computing community to network and establish new collaborations.

  • 6 Jun 2019, 9.30am to 6 Jun 2019, 6.00pm BST (GMT +01:00)
  • 3 West North, 2.1, University of Bath
  • This event is free
Participants of the 2018 HPC Symposium
Join us at our next Symposium

The University of Bath's 8th annual HPC Symposium will take place on Thursday 6 June 2019 in 3 West North 2.1.

The symposium aims to showcase the broad range of HPC-enabled research being carried out at Bath, and to provide an informal opportunity for current and prospective users of the University's Balena HPC facility to network and establish new collaborations.

We will be arranging a varied lineup of keynote lectures from technology and applications experts alongside contributed talks, posters and "flash" presentations by current Balena users.

Important dates

  • 1 April: Registration Opens
  • 17 May: Abstract submission deadline
  • 28 May: Registration Deadline
  • 6 June: Symposium

Invited Speakers

Dr Mike Croucher, author of Walking Randomly and Technical Evangelist at NAG. Mike will be giving an insightful keynote on his experiences in working with research communities and enabling them to do computation better.

Dr Hendrik Van Eerten, Computational Astrophysics at University of Bath. Hendrik will describe how HPC is being used by researchers to study exploding stars, growing galaxies and feeding black holes in an expanding Universe.

Dr James Price, Research Software Engineer (RSE) from the University of Bristol. James has been one of the RSEs involved with the GW4 Isambard HPC project of which Bath is a partner. He will give an overview of the 10,000 ARM core system which is available to Bath researchers and will share the recent performance benchmarks.

Mike Kiernan, EMEA Lead for Microsoft Big Compute and HPC. Mike will provide an overview of the research computing tools available in the Azure Cloud with an emphasis on HPC.

Provisional Programme

The full provisional HPC Symposium Programme is here.

Abstract Submission

Submissions are invited from current and prospective HPC users in all disciplines. The symposium will have two kinds of contributions: - Contributed talks: 15 min (12 + 3 mins questions) presentations - Posters: A poster plus accompanying "flash" presentation introducing the problem and the work being presented (3 mins with Poster+1 optional slide)

We particularly welcome submissions from graduate students, and the HPC symposium is a great opportunity to present in an informal and friendly setting.

Details on how to submit an abstract can be found here: abstract submission, you will be asked to log in with your University ID, e.g.


At the end of the Symposium, the Prize Committee will be awarding two prizes for the best contributions to the Symposium. Further detail will be posted in due course.

Scientific Organising Committee

  • Dr GaĆ«l Donval, Dept. of Chemical Engineering
  • Dr Ji Wu, Dept. of Chemistry
  • Dr Steven Chapman, Computing Services

Local organising committee

  • Chloe Ferris, Computing Services
  • Roshan Mathew, Computing Services
  • Dr James Grant, Computing Services

Hashtag: #BathHPC

Who should attend

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


3 West North has automatic doors at the main entrance.

Find more information about the accessibility of 3 West North on DisabledGo.

Booking details

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3 West North, 2.1 University of Bath Claverton Down Bath BA2 7AY United Kingdom


If you have any questions, please contact us.