HPC at ImperialFeb232017
Event: 23 February 2017 13:30

HPC at Imperial
The Future Of Simulation, Design, Optimisation And Prediction For The Digital Economy

High performance computing underpins many of the latest advances in solving big data problems, conducting advanced modelling, and bringing a new level of depth to complex analyses.

Join academic and industry experts, policy-makers and entrepreneurs as we explore the applications that will exploit the power of high performance computing in the coming decade and the potential shift from niche uses to broader adoption.

Today, through the evolution of hardware, software and algorithms, the blistering speed of high performance computers makes it possible to unlock the promise of big data, unveil the mysteries of the brain, predict societal shifts, decipher the human genome and even describe new materials that have yet to be produced in physical form. As such, high performance computing is now filtering rapidly through many more sectors than before.

Over the next 20 years, the pace of innovation will only increase, opening the door to new applications and new business models that bring HPC closer to consumerisation. Progress brings new opportunities, but also new challenges for software design, efficiency and reliability. 

Our conference will reveal some of the most exciting uses of high performance computing today. But most importantly, we will explore the impact that supercomputing might have in the future and what challenges we together might face in the coming years. How will you best utilise ultra-high performance computing for your business in the future?



Dr. Katharina Hauck

Katharina will show how supercomputing can provide the quantitative evidence that policy-makers need to make better decisions, through a better understanding of the interactions between the factors that determine population health and the number of health interventions available.

Dr. Gerard Gorman

Gerard will talk about the promise of big data and the need to generate software that can write software, which with the integration with machine learning can help designers and engineers create ideas that can be quickly translated into models. Gerard will give examples of how supercomputing has been used by the oil and gas industry in reservoir modelling.

Prof. Nick Jennings

Nick will talk about the challenges that an ever more connected world has on cyber-security. Nick will explore how supercomputing can help tackling vulnerabilities and how HPC, together with advances in machine learning will make it possible to model the unknown and be ready for future cyber-attacks.


‘Futorial’ Future-focused interactive group sessions, exploring what will appear and disappear in the following fields:

Dr. Andrei Kirilenko– Director of the Centre for Global Finance and Technology - Will lead an exploration of the impact of FinTech and how this will develop in the future

Prof. Ralf Toumi – Professor of Atmospheric Physics - Will lead an exploration of how advances in climate analyses based risk modelling can affect the insurance industry

Dr. Arash Mostofi – Reader in Theory and Simulation of Materials - Will lead an exploration of how high performance computing and machine learning can aid materials discovery


On 23rd February, together we will tackle these and other exciting questions:

  • What problems should HPC be working on over the next 20 years? 
  • How can industry, HPC users and academia best collaborate to advance the field, solve technical challenges and open up new markets?
  • What if we could explore a much larger space of possibilities using HPC to “see” out of the box?
  • What if we could assess the interactions of our design choices with the broader world?
  • What if HPC could have helped to end the Ebola epidemic?
  • What if HPC could predict the next financial crisis?


Why attend?

  • Engage with world-class Imperial academics with deep expertise in the use of HPC across fields such as security, AI, oil and gas, healthcare, environment, finance – and beyond
  • Network with other experts from industry, academia and beyond, learn how other sectors and domains are grasping the opportunities of High Performance Computing
  • Explore how HPC could influence sectors and domains in the long-term future through our Tech Foresight presentations
  • Actively participate in our Futorial workshops, to define new technology directions, consider other factors that might influence the development of HPC based analysis
  • Take back learnings and apply them in your business to solve real-world problems and to help define new technology and market opportunities
  • Learn about Imperial’s HPC engagement platform and how to continue longer-term engagement


Information for delegates

  • Registration: Registration opens at 13:30 for a 14:00 start. We would be grateful if you could arrive in good time for a prompt start at 14:00. The event will end at 17:30

  • Agenda: please find a copy of Agenda here

  • Venue: 1 Kensington Gore, Kensington, London SW7 2AR. Map can be found here

  • Directions by public transport: the most convenient way to get to the Royal Geographic Society using public transport is by tube. Travel to South Kensington station, which are both on the Piccadilly, Circle and District lines. The venue is about a 10-minute walk north from the station, via Exhibition Road.

  • Futorial sessions: there are three Futorial sessions running in parallel on the day. Please find session briefs attached. Spaces on each Futorial are limited, please register your first preference and second preference for these here: https://imperial.eu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8HpJzotZmuz9AQR

  • Interactive Q&A: On the day, we will be using a simple interactive Q&A system that will allow you to ask and vote for the questions that interest you. Please go to www.sli.do and type event code ‘hpc’

  • Access requirements: if you have not already communicated any access requirements to Jolanta Leonaite then please do so as soon as possible.

  • Cloakroom: a cloakroom is available near the entrance to the venue throughout the day. Please note, although it will be staffed at all times, items are left at the owner’s risk 

  • Wi-Fi: RGS-IBG

  • Attendee list: Your name and company will automatically be included on an attendee list that will be shared on the day. If you would prefer not to be included on this list, please contact us. 


If you require any assistance on the day please do not hesitate to contact me at j.leonaite@imperial.ac.uk

We look forward to exploring the horizons of High Performance Computing together with you.