Community Workshops for Common Workflows

Community Workshops for Common Workflows


As a component of  DiRAC’s Federation Project, in February 2022 two workshops took place in London in which DiRAC reached out to computational scientists in other fields to share experiences and explore the extent to which common workflows could be the basis of defining UKRI-wide computing services in the future UKRI Digital Research Infrastructure.

Summary of work undertaken

Each workshop took place at the Royal College of Physicians:

The first on 9th February focused on Memory Intensive (MI) Workflows (ie. memory-bound problems such as computational cosmology currently served by the COSMA facility in Durham)

The second  on 23rd February focused on Extreme Scaling (ES) Workflows (ie. problems requiring tightly-coupled systems of cpus/gpus such as lattice QCD currently served by the Tursa facility in Edinburgh)

The workshops featured presentations and discussions prompted by the question “what kind of machine is ideally suited to your problem?”


The output is the in-person workshops from which two reports were generated and can be found below:

The workshop presentation slides can be viewed below:

Workshop on Memory Intensive Workflows in Scientific Computing

Simon Hands, Mark Wilkinson, Ed Bennett

Alastair Basden, Aidan Chalk, Matthieu Schaller,
Debora Sijacki

Ian Bush, Peter Coveney, Sergei Dudarev, Alin-Marin Elena, Phil Hasnip, Scott Woodley

Ben Rogers, Stephen Longshaw, Spencer Sherwin

Parashkev Nachev, Robert Gray

Nils Wedi, Tobias Weinzierl

Rob Akers, Andy Davis, Shaun DeWitt, Stan Pamela

Workshop on Extreme Scaling Workflows in Scientific Computing

Simon Hands, Mark Wilkinson, Ed Bennett

Luigi del Debbio, Biagio Lucini,
Antonin Portelli, James Richings

Vassil Alexandrov, Alin-Marin Elena,
Dimitar Pashov, Andrea Townsend-Nicholson, Scott Woodley

Charles Laughton

Pier Luigi Vidale, Nils Wedi

Max Boleininger, James Cook, Andy Davis,
Shaun DeWitt, Leo Ma, Joseph Parker