Cloud & High Performance Computing

Invited Speakers

  • Dr Alexandre Bonvin, Utrecht University
  • Dr Andrew Grant, Atos
  • Dr Wolfgang Gentzsch, UberCloud

Symposium Chair

  • Marco Verdicchio, IT Consultant, SURFsara

Symposium Description

High fidelity biomedical simulation addresses systems of immense complexity, in three dimensional space as well as time. This frequently calls for access to very powerful computers, including the most powerful ones available globally today. For applications in clinical medicine, modelling and simulation based on personal data must be conducted not only with high fidelity, and in a secure manner to address information governance regulations, but also rapidly since the outcomes should be actionable, in the sense of providing real time decision support for clinicians.

Topic for consideration include, but are not limited to, high performance computing (HPC) requirements for biomedical applications, such as software development, scalability of codes and other associated performance metrics, as well as support for access mechanisms which are unconventional by traditional HPC centre standards (such as advance reservation and urgent computing), the use of visualisation and computational steering along with secure data staging and storage. Modern commercial cloud environments can be brought increasingly seamlessly into juxtaposition with HPC resources, and the two technologies further aligned through new technologies such as containerisation. Cybersecurity and quality of service are key metrics for assessing the reliability and performance of these technologies.

Thursday 26th September, 15:30 – 17:00; Watson Watt Room
Friday 27th September, 10:15 – 12:00; Watson Watt Room

Time Speaker Title
15:30 Wolfgang Gentzsch
(Invited Speaker)
Advancing Personalized Healthcare with High-Performance Cloud Computing for the Living Heart Project
15:50 Stefan Zasada Large Scale Binding Affinity Calculations on Commodity Compute Clouds
16:05 Piotr Nowakowski Processing Complex Medical Workflows in the EurValve Environment
16:20 Terry Sloan The HemeLB Offloader
16:35 Alexandre Bonvin
(Invited Speaker)
Structural biology in the clouds: Past, present and future
Time Speaker Title
10:15 Tomasz Piontek Supporting advanced HPC/HTC scientific workloads with QCG services
10:30 Christos Kotsalos Digital Blood in Massively Parallel CPU/GPU Systems for the Study of Platelets deposition
10:45 Craig Lucas The POP Centre of Excellence – Improving Parallel Codes
11:00 Narges Zarrabi Secure Processing of Sensitive Data on shared HPC systems
11:15 Shantenu Jha Zettascale Computing on an Exascale Platform
11:30 Phil Tooley Parallelising Image Registration and the HPC Porting Journey
11:45 Andy Grant
(Invited Speaker)
Integrating HPC and Deep Learning in converged workflows
12:05 LUNCH