DiRAC Day 2019 (Leicester)

DiRAC Day 2019 (Leicester)


9th-11th September

Welcome reception, College Court Conference Centre.

ARM Mellanox Hackathon

DiRAC are pleased to be hosting a hackathon at Leicester focussed on two novel technologies:

  1. Arm processors – use the HPE/Suse/Arm Catalyst UK cluster hosted at Leicester, to explore whether your code can benefit from the enhanced memory bandwidth offered by the Thunder X2 processors. In addition, codes which are found to perform well on Arm cores will be able to access (potentially significant amounts of) time on this 4096-core cluster at Leicester in the period before it is handed over to the DiRAC RAC and the University of Leicester to go into full production.
  1. Mellanox Bluefield – explore the potential benefits of offloading parts of your science calculations onto the additional compute capacity available within the next generation of network switches. 

Technical experts from both Arm and Mellanox will be attending to provide assistance and advice on porting your code and/or modifying it to take advantage of the new hardware.  DiRAC users who have attended previous hackathons have found them to be very productive, providing an opportunity to benefit from the expertise of colleagues around DiRAC as well as from the industry partners.

Thursday 12 September

Held on the first floor of the College Court Conference Centre. Exhibitors and posters are located in the Chestnut and Birch rooms, first floor of College Court.

9:00 – 9:30Welcome and Director’s reportOak Room
9:30 – 10:30Morning sessionOak Room
10:30 – 11:00Coffee
11:00 – 13:00Morning session (cont.)Oak Room
13:00 – 14:30Lunch
14:30 – 17:15Parallel Session 1Left hand side
of Oak Room
Parallel Session 2Right hand side
of Oak Room
17:15 – 18:00Poster session, prizes and receptionChestnut and
Birch Rooms

Morning session

Located in the Oak Room.

09:00Mark WilkinsonWelcome and
Director’s report
09:30Judd HarrisonTesting the Standard Model
with b to c Weak Decays using
Lattice QCD
10:00Romeel DaveThe Simba and
Simba-ELUCID Simulations
11:00Vincent DrachSignatures of a new strongly interacting
sector using lattice simulations
11:30Asier Lopez EigurenThe scaling density of
axion strings
12:00Luca FranciPlasma turbulence
12:30Alejandro Benítez LlambayDark galaxies: probing LCDM
on unprecedented scales

Parallel Session 1

Located in the Oak Room, left hand side.

14:30James CoomerDDN
14:45Rich GrahamMellanox
15:00Tim LanfearNvidia
15:15Steve PerkinsPanasas
15:30Chris WeedenWekaIO Architecture
15:45Martyn FosterIntroducing the Atos
Data Centre
16:00Colin WhitbreadHPE
16:15Filippo SpigaArm
16:35Alexei BorrisovDiRAC RSE Contributions
to Astrophysics
16:55Chris AlltonHot Hadrons

Parallel Session 2

Located in the Oak Room, right hand side.

14:30Arnau Rios HuguetNuclear Theory Results
with DiRAC: an update
14:50Colin McNallyPlanets in inviscid discs in 2D and 3D
15:10Bipasha ChakrabortyExploring the precision frontier
of particle physics: D to K weak
decays from lattice QCD using DiRAC
15:30Rosie TalbotBlandford-Znajek jets in
galaxy formation simulations
15:50Hackathon presentations