Dirac Day Attendees


Ahrens, ThomasATEMPO
Alexander, RichardUniversity of Leicester
Allton, ChrisSwansea University
Alvarez-Martin, SergioUniversity of Cambridge
Anderson, DannyAtos
Asmussen, NilsUniversity of Southampton
Ballabio, Giulia (LOC)University of Leicester
Basden, AlastairUniversity of Durham
Benitez-Llambay, AlejandroUniversity of Durham
Bennett, JakeIoA, University of Cambridge
Bolton, JamesUniversity of Nottingham
Borissov, AlexeiUniversity of Edinburgh
Borrow, JoshICC, Durham University
Bourne, MartinUniversity of Cambridge
Boyle, PeterUniversity of Edinburgh
Brant, Lisa (LOC)University of Leicester
Bridger, ColinMellanox
Brown, DaveSTFC
Burke, DerekWekaIO
Cashmore, ClaireUniversity of Hull
Chakraborty, BipashaUniversity of Cambridge
Conaboy, LukeUniversity of Sussex
Constantino, ThomasUniversity of Exeter
Cooper, LaurenceUniversity of Cambridge
Currie, LauraUniversity of Exeter
Cutter, RyanUniversity of Warwick
Darras, ChristopheATEMPO
Dave, RomeelUniversity of Edinburgh
Davey, SteveMellanox
Drach, VincentUniversity of Plymouth
Edelmann, PhilippNewscastle University
Eiguren, Asier LopezUniversity of Helsinki
Ellis, GeorginaOFC PLC
Erben, FelixUniversity of Edinburgh
Fairhurst, StephenCardiff University
Fauvet, EricHP
Franci, LucaQueen Mary
Frenk, CarlosICC, Durham University
Garlick, SarahSTFC
Golightly, ElenUniversity of Leicester
Guillet, ThomasUniversity of Exeter
Haehnelt, MartinUniversity of Cambridge
Hands, SimonSwansea University
Harrison, JuddUniversity of Glasgow
Hatton, DanielUniversity of Glasgow
Horsely, RogerUniversity of Edinburgh
Horst, LeonhardInstitute for Theoretical Studies
Huget, Arnau RiosUniversity of Surry
Huntridge, LeighWestern Digital
Jenkins, AdrianUniversity of Durham
Jenner, Clare (LOC)DiRAC
Juttner, AndresUniversity of Southampton
Kitching-Morley, BenUniversity of Southhampton
Kornet, KacperUniversity of Cambridge
Koudmani, SophieUniversity of Cambridge
Lanfear, TimothyNVIDIA
Lee, JosephUniversity of Edinburgh
Legg, JamesUCL
Lucini, BiagioSwansea University
Marshall, MichaelUniversity of Edinburgh
Maskell, RobertIntel
McNally, ColinQueen Mary, London
McNeille, CraigUniversity of Plymouth
Montanari, BarbaraUKRI STFC
Mountford, ChristopherUniversity of Leicester
Nealon, Rebecca (LOC)University of Leicester
Nixon, ChrisUniversity of Leicester
Orkney, MatthewUniversity of Surry
Ragusa, EnricoUniversity of Leicester
Rakow, PaulUniversity of Liverpool
Ramsoy, MariusUniversity of Oxford
Ray, GauravUniversity of Plymouth
Real, AlanUniversity of Durham
Redfern, LauraAtos
Regan, RichardUniversity of Durham
Richigns, JamesSouthampton University
Schaich, DavidUniversity of Liverpool
Schaller, MatthieuLeiden Observatory
Schmidt, FranziskaUCL
Semczuk, MarcinUniversity of Leicester
Shingles, LukeQueen’s University
Sijacki, DeboraUniversity of Cambridge
Smith, TobyIntel
Spiga, FilippoARM
Talbot, RosieUniversity of Cambridge
Thomas, ChristopherUniversity of Cambridge
Thompson, JonathanCardiff University
Trotta, DomenicoQueen Mary
Turner, AndyEPCC, Edinburgh
Wakelin, JonUniversity of Leicester
Weeden, ChrisWekaIO
Whitbread, ColinHPE
Wilkinson, Mark (LOC)University of Leicester
Wilson, StuartNVIDIA
Wingate, MatthewUniversity of Cambridge
Yong, Andrew Zhen NingUniversity of Edinburgh
Young, Alison (LOC)University 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 before 17 July.

To guarantee a reservation, we 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 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

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 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.

DiRAC Day gratefully acknowledges support from our sponsors:


8th Annual DiRAC Science Day
12th September 2018
Swansea University

On September 12th, Swansea University will host the 8th Annual DiRAC Science Day. The 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 in person as well as interact with the industry vendors who supplied the hardware we are now exploiting.

All attendees are encouraged to bring a poster to present (subject to space availability). There will be two prizes awarded to the posters by students or PDRAs judged to be ‘the best’.

Registration for DiRAC Day is via Swansea University’s dedicated DiRAC Day website, where you can also find a link to Accommodation Booking on the Swansea University campus.

This year there are three other interesting events being held at Swansea University which co-incide with DiRAC Day….

Co-located Events
NVidia Hackathon
9th, 10th & 11th September

DiRAC is pleased to announce that Nvidia have generously agreed to sponsor a 3-day GPU hackathon in Swansea prior to DiRAC Day 2018. This event will provide the DiRAC community with the opportunity to explore the potential for GPUs in supporting their science.

The Hackathon is open to all DiRAC HPC users and we expect to be able to offer places to 5 or 6 teams of between 3 and 5 people each. Over the three days, we hope that several major DiRAC science codes will be ported to GPUs and that the teams who attend will gain the skills to assist other DiRAC researchers to port additional codes in the future.

More information, including the application form can be found here.

Hands-on Introduction to Data Visualisation
13th & 14th September

Swansea University are hosting a stand-alone training course on Data Visualisation to run on the 13th and 14th September. The event will provide delegates with a concise introduction to the art and science of applied data visualisation.

More information on this course can be found here.

SuperComputing Wales Research Symposium 2018
13th September

The Swansea Academy of Advanced Computing are bringing together the Supercomputing Wales community to give users a forum to showcase their research to the wider HPC community and network with other supercomputing specialists.

The event will include research talks, a poster session, and opportunities for discussion about the Supercomputing Wales project and SUNBIRD machine.

More information on this event can be found here.

(Featured Image Credit: Swansea University, UK)