Dirac Day COC

Code of Conduct

DiRAC is committed to creating a work environment that is safe, professional and of mutual trust where diversity and inclusion are valued, and where everyone is entitled to be treated with courtesy and respect. DiRAC is committed to making DiRAC Day and all associated activities safe and professional environments for everyone. We will not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.

Please follow these guidelines:

1. Behave professionally. Harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary comments or jokes are not appropriate. Harassment includes sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, sexual attention or innuendo, deliberate intimidation, stalking, and photography or recording of an individual without consent. It also includes offensive comments related to individual characteristics, for example: age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, nationality or religion.

2. All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual or sexist language and imagery is not appropriate.

3. Be respectful and do not insult or put down other attendees or facilitators of the event. Critique ideas not people.

4. Should a participant witness events of bullying, harassment or aggression, we recommend that they approach the affected person to show support and check how they are. The witness may also wish to suggest that the person report the inappropriate behaviour. However, it is up to the affected person alone whether or not they wish to report it.

5. If participants wish to share photos of a speaker on social media, we strongly recommend that they first get the speaker’s permission. Participants may also share the contents of talks/slides via social media unless speakers have asked that specific details/slides not be shared.

The DiRAC Day Local Organising Committee has two members who are designated as the contact points for all matters related to this code. These members are Mark Wilkinson and Rebecca Nealon. Participants can report any violation of these guidelines to these designates in confidence. If asked to stop inappropriate behaviour participants are expected to comply immediately and, in serious cases, may be asked to leave the event without a refund. DiRAC will not tolerate retaliation against anyone reporting violations of this code of conduct.

Thank you for helping to make DiRAC Day welcoming for all.

Acknowledgments: This code of conduct was adapted from the London Code of Conduct (by A. Pontzen and H. Peiris), which was derived from original Creative Commons documents by PyCon and Geek Feminism. It is released under a CC-Zero licence for reuse. To help track people’s improvements and best practice, please retain this acknowledgement, and log your re-use or modification of this policy at https://github.com/apontzen/london_cc .


Dirac Day Attendees


Allanson, OliverUniversity of Reading
Basden, AlastairUniversity of Durham
Benitez-Llambay, AlejandroUniversity of Durham
Bennett, JakeIoA, University of Cambridge
Borrow, JoshICC, Durham University
Bourne, MartinUniversity of Cambridge
Brown, DaveSTFC
Cashmore, ClaireUniversity of Hull
Chakraborty, BipashaUniversity of Cambridge
Dave, RomeelUniversity of Edinburgh
Fairhurst, StephenCardiff University
Garlick, SarahSTFC
Haehnelt, MartinUniversity of Cambridge
Hands, SimonSwansea University
Harrison, JuddUniversity of Glasgow
Jenkins, AdrianUniversity of Durham
Jenner, ClareDiRAC
Juttner, AndresUniversity of Southampton
Koudmani, SophieUniversity of Cambridge
Marshall, MichaelUniversity of Edinburgh
Mountford, ChristopherUniversity of Leicester
Nealon, RebeccaUniversity of Leicester
Nixon, ChrisUniversity of Leicester
Orkney, MatthewUniversity of Surry
Ragusa, EnricoUniversity of Leicester
Ray, GauravUniversity of Plymouth
Real, AlanUniversity of Durham
Sijacki, DeboraUniversity of Cambridge
Talbot, RosieUniversity of Cambridge
Thomas, ChristopherUniversity of Cambridge
Wakelin, JonUniversity of Leicester


Dirac Day Venue


The conference will be located at the College Court Conference Centre, Knighton Road, Leicester, LE2 3UF: https://collegecourt.co.uk/

Travel options

By car:
College Court is conveniently located within easy reach of the M1 and M69 motorways. For satellite navigation, use postcode LE2 3TQ. College Court offers ample complimentary car parking spaces.

By train:
College Court is only 1.4 miles from Leicester Train Station, where guests can travel only 70 minutes from central London. Taxis are available at Leicester Train Station.

By air:
East Midlands Airport is also located less than 30 minutes away and Birmingham International Airport only 45 minutes.


Dirac Day Accommodation


Accommodation is available at College Court Conference Centre, Knighton Road, Leicester, LE2 3UF: https://collegecourt.co.uk/

To reserve accommodation, please either call College Court on 0116 244 9669 or email reservations@collegecourt.co.uk

Please quote reference 60767 in order to receive a preferential rate.

We have currently reserved a number of rooms for the nights of 11th Sept and 12th Sept. However, please note that these rooms will only be held until 17th July.

To guarantee a reservation, we therefore recommend you to book as soon as possible.

Accommodation costs (which include the discount code 60767):
Standard bedroom £82.00
Executive bedroom £97.00
Executive with balcony bedroom £102.00
Suite bedroom £122.00

(Based on single occupancy, for double occupancy an additional charge of £15.00 per night will apply).

Check in time is 14.00 onwards.
Check out time is 10.00 a.m. Monday – Friday.
Breakfast is served between 7.30 – 9.30 a.m.

Prices are inclusive of full English breakfast, complimentary cark parking and wi-fi access.

Please note that a credit/debit card will be required to secure the reservation.

Should you require a ground floor or accessible room, please inform College Court when making the reservation.


Dirac Day Programme


Wednesday 11 September

Welcome reception, College Court Conference Centre.

Thursday 12 September

Held in College Court Conference Centre.

09:00 – 13:00Morning session
14:00 – 17:00Afternoon parallel sessions
17:00 – 18:00Reception and poster prize presentations
UK MHD Consortium

Dirac Day Hackathon

ARM Mellanox Hackathon

From 9th-11th September (immediately before DiRAC Day on Sept 12th), 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.

If you would like to attend, please complete the application form.

The deadline for applications is 10am on Monday, 22nd July.

We are very grateful to both Arm and Mellanox for sponsoring this event which means that attendance will be free of charge, and we will be able to contribute towards accommodation costs of attendees.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact either Richard Regan (DiRAC Training Manager; richard.regan@durham.ac.uk) or Mark Wilkinson (miw6@leicester.ac.uk).


Dirac Day Registration


Early bird registration: 17 July
Please submit abstracts before this date.
Early bird registration also includes free attendance at the welcome reception and buffet on the evening of 11th Sept.

I consent to DiRAC using photographs and/or video recordings including images of me both internally and externally to promote the facility. These images could be used in print and digital media formats including print publications, websites and social media. I understand that images on websites can be viewed throughout the world and not just in the United Kingdom and that some overseas countries may not provide the same level of protection to the rights of individuals as EU/UK legislation provides. I understand that some images may be kept permanently once they are published and be kept as an archive of DiRAC life. I have read and understand the conditions and consent to my images being used as described.
Credit: Simon Brooke

DiRAC Day 2019

DiRAC Day provides an opportunity to meet others from the DiRAC HPC community, learn about what is being done by all the different consortia, present and view posters on recent research achievements and discuss training and support needs for DiRAC. DiRAC users will also have the chance to meet members of the technical support teams for each DiRAC service machine in person as well as to interact with the industry vendors who supplied the hardware we are now exploiting.

This year DiRAC Day is proudly hosted by the University of Leicester.