2018-05-23 SIG meeting at Birmingham

Location: University of Birmingham Conference Park, Edgbaston Room, Lucas House

The workshop was preceded on 22 May by a Remote Visualisation workshop.

The agenda was:

  • 10.00: Arrivals and Coffee
  • 10.30: Welcome and Introductions – Committee Introduction
  • 10.45: Datacentre Experiences – Local, Remote or in a container?
    • Simon Burbidge (Bristol) – Experiences of using a remote facility – pros & cons?
    • Dave Acreman (Exeter – Remote Presentation) – transitioning from an interim ‘container’ datacenter to local facility
    • Jeffrey Salmond (Cambridge) – Managing local and hosted systems: how to
      juggle communities?
    • John Owen (Birmingham) – Birmingham University’s Purpose Built, Water-
      cooled Research Focussed Datacentre (zero reliance on trad air cooling!).
    • Panel discussion
  • 12.00: Ricky Martin (Strathclyde) Energy Efficiency Finance
  • 12.30: LUNCH
  • 13.30: Chairs Report / SIG Priorities
  • 14.00: EPSRC Tier-2 Site Updates
    • Awareness of services and how to gain access to these facilities
    • Chris Woods (GW4 Isambard), Jeffrey Salmond (CSD3), Jo Beech Brandt TBC
      (Cirrus), Chris Kitchen (Supercomputing Wales), Aaron Turner (HPC MidPlus),
      Owain Kenway (MMM / Thomas Update) – TBC JADE
  • 14.55: Afternoon Tea
  • 15.20: Lightening Talks from incoming SIG Committee
    • Archers Champions / RSE updates (Martin Callaghan)
    • Tier3/Tier2 Engagement challenges from emerging and existing communities (Aaron Turner)
    • Establishing and growing resources challenges (Graeme Murphy)
  • 15.35: KEY NOTE: Paul Hatton
  • 16.15: AOB/ Meeting close
    • Date & Location of Next Meeting
    • Future Presentation Volunteers

Event registration is at https://hpc-sig-meeting-23-may.eventbrite.co.uk.

As always, the meeting was followed by refreshment and lively discussion in a local hostelry to which all were welcome.