HPC & Big Data 2017 features a selected range of one-hour seminars that will allow delegates to explore key topics in more detail.

Seminars run in both the morning and afternoon and will encourage interactive discussion, giving you the chance to contribute and share solutions around a number of focused topics, hosted by leaders in the field.

If you believe that you have something to offer the day and want to find out more about sponsoring and delivering a session, call Sharon Azam on 0161 211 3057 or email

Suggested Seminar topics:

  • Exploring the horizons of computational Science – Quantum Computing and beyond
  • Building strong relationships between research and industry to advance innovation and develop the UK’s computing capabilities
  • Architecting secure and easy to access networks and harnessing cloud to allow for greater use of HPC facilities
  • Understanding the latest advances in infrastructure and hardware to improve power, speed and energy efficiency
  • Adopting modern practices in big data analytics to deliver more accurate models and more precise results
  • Examining the power of Machine and Deep learning solutions to harness the power of artificial intelligence
  • Disambiguating big data and rich data – mapping the intersection between data’s value and volume

Managing the Unmanageable: Taming the Data Deluge


Funding requirements, multi-discipline user expectations, explosive sensor growth and shrinking budgets are all challenges faced by today’s modern research institution. This is especially true of of data management and collaborative data workflows. In this session, ArcaStream and our partners will present these challenges in detail, along with strategies on how to overcome them.

  • Getting to know your user’s data workflows and behavior
  • Eliminating unnecessary cost from data storage repositories
  • Reducing support and operational complexity
  • Extracting unknown value from data without an army of curators
  • Fairly, transparently and efficiently valuing your service to users


Barry Evans, CTO, ArcaStream


Enabling Digital Transformation using HPC and Deep Learning as a Service

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The Atos seminar will focus on the use of big data and HPC as enablers for digital transformation. It will discuss how we working collaboratively with The Hartree Centre to launch two new hybrid cloud offerings in the UK for HPC as a Service (HPCaaS) and Deep Learning as a Service (DLaaS) supporting industry large and small in their digital transformation shift. The interactive session will concentrate on the recent work with the Hartree Centre and other projects to share how this works in practice.

Learning Points;

  • How working collaboratively between academia and industry can add benefit
  • How HPCaaS and DLaaS can offer new insights at a fraction of the cost
  • Further insight into big data and infrastructure from an industry perspective through the Hartree Centre case study
  • Driving forces for digital transformation


Andy Grant, VP, HPC and Big Data, Atos
Stuart Wilson, Director, Strategic HPC and Big Data Sales, Atos
Michael Gleaves, Deputy Director, Hartree Centre

Maximising Your Investment in High Performance Computing


A high performance computer depreciates by an average £1 million per year. That’s £2,740 a day. So, how should you set about getting maximum value out of the hardware you have invested in? And, can you prove a return on your investment?

In this presentation, you will hear:

  • How SGI is the trusted leader in delivering market leading solutions in high performance computing
  • How Bright infrastructure manager technology deploys HPC environments over bare metal in minutes, and manages them effectively through a single-pane-of-glass management for the hardware, the operating system, HPC software, and users
  • How together, SGI and Bright will protect your investment in HPC
  • How the Met Office chose a Bright / SGI solution to launch their new HPC system to significantly improve productivity of weather and climate data analysis.


Dr Ben Bennett, Head of HPC Marketing, SGI
Lee Carter, VP EMEA & APAC, Bright Computing

Accelerating science and innovation – it’s good to share


The business of research is getting more and more data intensive, as digital technology spreads into every discipline. At Jisc we provide shared services such as the Janet network, eduroam wireless roaming and shared data centres – reaching around 18 million people in the research, education and skills sectors. In this session we will hear from institutions that are using Jisc services to reduce the “time to science”, enable ground breaking research collaborations, and achieve significant operating efficiencies.

In this session, you will:

  • Find out how Jisc is helping to accelerate science through our services supporting open access publication, sharing research data and equipment
  • Learn about operating efficiencies and unique opportunities that come from sharing data centre facilities for HPC and Big Data collaborations
  • Have the opportunity to tell us what you think we should to do next to support compute and data intensive research


Martin Hamilton, Futurist, Jisc
Alison Davis, CIO, Francis Crick Institute
Tim Cutts, Head of Scientific Computing, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute


HPC: Time for fresh thinking: Why do so many HPC projects deliver late, go over budget and fail to deliver the promised value?


Over the last fifteen years, Red Oak Consulting has built up a unique insight into why HPC projects fail – and (more importantly!) how to prevent this. Some of the reasons are “obvious,” others less so. Drawing on this experience, the first half of the talk with take a quick canter through a typical HPC project lifecycle and the second half of the talk will take a couple of recent real-life examples where these techniques have been applied. The seminar is intended for anyone involved in delivering HPC projects, at all levels of the organisation.

Learning Points;

  • What is a typical HPC project lifecycle?
  • Where are the ‘bear traps’?
  • How can you avoid being the project lead who has to repeatedly explain his life away to the Board?
  • How does real-life practice differ?
  • What are the advantages that organisations can find and use to their benefit?


Owen Thomas, Partner, Red Oak Consulting

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