21 Oct 2021







​In order to create the CIUK programme we include a mix of invited presentations selected by the CIUK Scientific Advisory Committee and those selected from a call for presentations and evaluated by the CIUK Programme Committee. The standard of application received from our call for presentations was exceptionally high this year and that made the evaluation process very difficult. We received three times as many applications as spaces on the programme and they were all very interesting. However, we have now finalised the selection process and there is general consensus amongst our committee members that this is the strongest CIUK programme we have had in over thirty years. 

​CIUK 2021 Programme

​Day 1 - Thursday 9 December

​​From 08:3​0
​​​Registration Open (Main Foyer)      Exhibition Open (Gallery)
​09:15 - 09:30
Welcome and Introduction  Tom Griffin  (Director, Scientific Computing, STFC)​
​09:30 - 10:00
Steve Hindmarsh (Head of Scientific Computing, The Francis Crick Institute)
Heterogeneous Computing at the Crick
​10:00 - 10:30
​Phil Ha​snip (University of York)
Portable acceleration of materials modelling software:

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​10:30 - 11:00
Dr Igor Baratta (Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge)
Heterogeneous Programming for Finite Element: insights from benchmarks
11:00 - 11:30​REFRESHMENTS
​11:30 - 12:00
​Paul Cal​leja 
(Director, Research Computing Services, University of Cambridge)
The Modern Cloud Native Heterogeneous Super Computer – A Converged Platform for Simulation, AI & Data Analytics 
12:00 - 12:30​
Dr Alastair Basden (Durham University / DiRAC)
The Durham Intelligent NIC Environment (DINE)
​12:30 - 13:00
​Andrew Edmondson 
(Research Software Group Leader,
Advanced Research Computing, University of Birmingham)
Installing and curating software for heterogenous compute environments
​13:00 - 14:00
​14:00 - 14:30
The ExCALIBUR Programme
Dr Elizabeth Bent (Senior Portfolio Manager, UKRI-EPSRC​)
Harnessing Exascale Computing – an ExCALIBUR overview
Rob Akers (UKAEA) 
ExCALIBUR – exploiting the exascale to bottle a star
​Nigel Wood (Met Office) 
ExCALIBUR and the quest for the holy grail of weather & climate prediction​​

ExCALIBUR Panel Discussion and Q&A Session
​14:30 - 15:00
​15:00 - 15:30
​15:30 - 16:15
​16:15 - 17:00
​Martyn Guest (ARCCA, Cardiff University)
Application Performance on Multi-Core Processors 
​17:00 - 18:00
Keynote Presentation - Simon McIntosh-Smith (Bristol University)
Heterogeneous Computing: past, present and future
​18:00 - 20:00
CIUK 2021 Networking Event
Join us at Manchester Central for wine, beer and nibbles - all registered attendees are invited! 

Day 2 - Friday 10 December

​​From 08:3​0
​​​Registration Open (Main Foyer)      Exhibition Open (Gallery)
​09:30 - 10:00
Professor Mark Parsons (EPCC Director at The University of Edinburgh / EPSRC Director of Research Computing)
The UK Exascale Project
​10:00 - 10:30
Jeff Hammond and Filippo Spiga (NVIDIA)
Shifting through the Gears of GPU Programming: 
Understanding Performance and Portability Trade-offs​ 
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​10:30 - 11:00
The Jacky Pallas Memorial Presentation
Dr Niall Jeffrey (Ecole Normale Supérieure & University College London)
Mapping dark matter with the Dark Energy Survey and AI
11:00 - 11:30​REFRESHMENTS
​11:30 - 12:00
The UK Skills Gap
Richard Gunn (UKRI) Skills gaps in the context of the wider approach to DRI within UKRI
Michael Ball (BBSRC) UKRI’s approach to supporting DRI skills
Prof Mark Wilkinson (DiRAC) The DiRAC Facility HPC skills training programme
Christine Kitchen (Cardiff University) Ideas to address skills gaps
Andrew Medhurst (Inspire People) Title TBC

Skills Gap Panel Discussion and Q&A Session
12:00 - 12:30​

​12:30 - 13:00
​13:00 - 14:15
​14:15 - 14:30
Award Presentation
The CIUK 2021 Student Cluster Challenge and Poster Competition
​14:30 - 15:00
​Prof Viv Kendon (University of Strathclyde)
QEVEC: integrating quantum computing with HPC
​15:00 - 15:30
Nick Brown (EPCC, University of Edinburgh)
FPGAs for scientific workloads: The why and the how
​15:30 - 16:00
Gihan Mudalige (Reader (Associate Professor), University of Warwick, Department of Computer Science)
Multi-Layered Abstractions for Performance Portability -
Lessons Learnt and Challenges


The CIUK 2021 Keynote Presentation

Professor Simon McIntosh-Smith

Professor of High Performance Computing
PI for the Isambard GW4 Tier 2 HPC service
Head of the HPC Research Group
Department of Computer Science
University of Bristol

Twitter: @simonmcs
HPC research webpage:

“Heterogeneous Computing: past, present and future”

ABSTRACT: Heterogeneous computing has been a part of HPC almost since the field began, but the current wave, which began 15 years ago, is the most significant revolution in the field since the commodity cluster. In this talk we will explore where this trend has come from, discuss its implications, and consider how our community needs to act in order to be ready for the era of heterogeneous Exascale supercomputers. We will also discuss related initiatives in the UK, such as ExCALIBUR and the UK’s Exascale programme.

BIO: Simon McIntosh-Smith is Professor of HPC at the University of Bristol, UK. He began his career in industry as a microprocessor architect, first at Inmos and STMicro in the 1990s, before co-designing the world's first fully programmable GPU at Pixelfusion in 1999. In 2002 he co-founded ClearSpeed Technology where, as Director of Architecture and Applications, he co-developed the first modern many-core HPC accelerators, which lead to the creation of the first modern heterogeneous supercomputers, such as Tsubame 1.0 at Tokyo Tech in 2006. He now leads the HPC Research Group in Bristol, where his research focuses on advanced computer architectures and performance portability. He leads the Isambard supercomputer service which combines Arm-based CPUs with a diverse range of CPUs and GPUs from all the main vendors.

Contact: Computing Insight UK