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ExCALIBUR RSEs meet HPC Champions

This hybrid in-person and online event is co-located with RSECon22 in Newcastle and brings together RSEs and others with an interest in high performance computing and exascale computing. The day will consist of a series of short presentations with plenty of opportunity for discussion and collaboration.

Teas, coffees and lunch will be provided for all in-person attendees.

Thanks to EPCC and ARCHER2 for sponsoring this event.


Registration for this event is free and is available on a first-come, first-served basis:


Presentations will be made available online on Google Drive

Discussion sessions

Discussion session notes will be recorded in documents on Google Drive

Instructions for discussion session scribes/leaders:

  1. Go to Google Drive
  2. Make a copy of the “Discussion Notes: Template” document
  3. Rename the copy with the topic you are discussing
  4. Discuss and complete the notes!


08.30 Arrival & Coffee
09.00 Welcome - Marion Weinzierl, Andy Turner
09.15 ExCALIBUR Project lightning talks
  Jeremy Yates, UCL - The Exascale IO Challenge - orchestrating data movement from disk to registers and back again
  Ricky Olivier, University of Exeter - An Exascale Uncertainty Toolbox
  Jack Betteridge, Imperial Colledge London - Firedrake
  Chris Richardson, University of Cambridge - Scaling an application with unscalable MPI on 100000 processes
  Sadie Bartholomew, NCAS - ExCALIData
  Tobias Weinzierl, Durham University - Low performance and low level programming - how the lack of knowledge about (and training in) hardware, compilers and C programming threatens our HPC projects
  Andy Turner, EPCC/Alastair Basden, Durham University - HPC-JEEP - energy monitoring on HPC systems
10.00 Short break
10.05 David Henty, EPCC - RSE Development and Training: UNIVERSE-HPC
10.20 Jemma Shipton, Omar Jamil, University of Exeter - RSE Development and Training: RSE training in algorithms for exascale simulations
10:30 Coffee Break
10.45 Lewis Sampson/MetOffice SSEs - The Met Office and the ExCALIBUR pool of deployable SSEs
11.00 Helen Brooks, UKAEA - The Role of HPC in Fusion Engineering
11:15 Christian Kniep, QNIB Solutions - HPC Container Engines
11.35 Short break
11:50 Software/problem demos
  Christian Kniep, QNIB Solutions - Containers Demo
  Matt West, University of Exeter - Workflow management toolset
  Adam Tuft, Durham University - Otter: A Data-Driven Workflow for Parallelising Serial HPC Code
12.30 Lunch Break
13.30 Introduce breakout discussions & form groups
13.45 Breakout discussions about potential collaborations and common problems/questions
14.30 Report-back from groups
15.00 Wrap-up/Plenary discussion: Where do we go from here?
15.15 Coffee & chat
16:00 End

More information

If you have any questions about this event or are interested in providing a short presentation as part of the event, please contact the organisers: Marion Weinzierl, Andy Turner and Jemma Shipton.