Talking the talk on high performance computing
13 Sep 2017



One week, five conferences, ten Hartree Centre team members…





Director of the Hartree Centre, Alison Kennedy, presents an inspiring keynote at ACM womENcourage in Barcelona.

The first full week of September is a busy one for most organisations – but this year our team here at the STFC Hartree Centre knew it better than most! We had over ten team members out sharing their computing knowledge with both national and international audiences. 

​First up was Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle Event 2017 where Luke Mason and Duncan Sime presented an example of a high fidelity computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation carried out at the Hartree Centre. We have the capability to use multiple solvers and software packages, and CFD is an important part of low carbon vehicle design as it helps engineers to test and optimise different designs virtually to be as streamlined and efficient as possible. This reduces not only the carbon footprint of the vehicle, but also of the design process.​

In Manchester, the Hartree Centre was heavily represented at the second annual Research Software Engineers Conference 2017 (RSE 2017), with at least six of the sessions scheduled relating to Hartree Centre research projects and many of our team presenting tutorials or parallel sessions.

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Andrew Porter, Sergi Siso and Sue Thorne were among our computational scientists presenting at RSE 2017 in Manchester


Jony Castagna talks about his experience porting DL_MESO_DPD on GPU for meso-scale simulations​ at RSE 2017.


​One of our newer team members, Iain Bethune, was also elected to the UK Research Software Engineer Association at RSE 2017 - despite being unable to attend the conference because he was busy presenting about his work at the Hartree Centre on the CP2K Project at the University of Hull's HPC Symposium! 

​Iain commented: "The first I heard about it was on Twitter! I applied because I want to promote thinking about how excellent research software can be used to drive impact outside of the academic groups with which RSEs typically interact. By focussing on usability, new applications for research software, and engagement with industry and the public, I think that there is a real potential for RSEs to help researchers (and UK plc) meet their impact goals."
Alison Kennedy talks about the women who were involved in the very first computer science discoveries.

On the international front, Alison Kennedy presented an inspiring talk entitled "Supercomputing - Dispelling the Myth of Boy Jobs and Girl Jobs" at the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) womENcourage event - a keynote that was well received by many who took time to comment on social media. Alison was also part of a high performance computing (HP​C) panel session.​

Congratulations to all our teams involved in one of the Hartree Centre's ​busiest and most geographically diverse weeks of 2017 so far, and we hope to see you at the next event!