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NI-HPC User Conference 2023

About this event

In 2019, Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University established the Northern Ireland High Performance Computing (NIHPC) Facility ( with funding support from EPSRC. It is one of the nine Tier-2 HPC services in the UK and is a powerful facility for researchers to conduct largescale data analytics, simulation and optimization for some of society’s biggest scientific questions and challenges.

The conference brings together both existing and potential users of HPC in Northern Ireland, but will be of particular interest to users who are considering the transition of software and research to the facility to accelerate and improve their research. The current program has two keynote International speakers and a number of talks from users in neuroscience, neurotechnology, precision medicine, pharmacy, hydrogen safety and physics.

3rd Northern Ireland High-Performance Computing User Conference.

Queen's University Belfast

Tuesday, 7th November 2023. 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

9:00 Arrival and registration. Tea, coffee, biscuits and scones.
9:30 Introduction welcome
9:45 Keynote 1: Iain Styles. School of Computer Science. University of Birmingham.
How HPC is evolving to support AI: A Case Study.
10:25 Coffee break
10:50 Syed Tauhidi. School of Computer Science. Queen's University Belfast.
Using graphlets for accelerated subgraph isomorphism search.
11:15 Mina Kazemi. Hydrogen Safety. Ulster University.
Numerical Study on Characteristics of Hydrogen Under-expanded Jet Fires.
11:40 Bonaventura Tagliafierro. Civil Engineering. Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
High-performance GPU-sccelerated software for advanced renewable energy simulations.
12:05 Michael Fayemiwo. School of Computing, Engineering and Intelligent Systems. Ulster University.
Improving 2D Segmentation of Adrenal Gland using Test-time Augmentation on CT Images.
12:30 Lunch break
13:30 Saeideh Baghanian. School of Natural and Built Environment. Queen's University Belfast.
Evaluating the Impact of Climate Change on marine Wave Characteristics on Kelvin-2.
13:55 Steph Merritt. Astrophysics Research Centre. Queen's University Belfast.
Sorcha: a Survey Simulator for Solar System Science with the Legacy Survey of Space and Time.
14:20 Ryan Duddy. Thornton Tomasetti.
Physics-Based Modelling for Machine Learning Model.
14:45 Coffee break
15:10 Keynote 2. David Young. Astrophysics Research Centre. Queen's University Belfast.
Research Software Engineer Origin Stories.
15:50 Discussion panel
16:45 Concluding remaks

Discussion panel

  • Vaughan Purnell, QUB.
  • Irina Tikhonova, QUB.
  • Jim Harkin, UU.

Proposed discussion topics

  •  Kelvin-3.
    • Software requirements.
    • Hardware requirements.
  • Sustainable HPC.
  • Oracle Cloud service.
  • NI-HPC User Conference 2024.

To propose a topic for the discussion panel, contact Luis Fernández Menchero.


QUB - Riddle Hall

Map of the location of the Riddle Hall


Register in EventBrite NI-HPC User Conference 2023. Registration deadline: 30th October 2023.