UK Systems Research

Collating news and events for the UK Systems Research Community

This is the website for the UK research community, academic and industrial, interested in problems relating generally to computer systems. That includes both the more traditional topics such as operating systems, distributed systems and networking, as well as more current challenges and approaches at scales from edge and mobile computing to datacenter and the cloud. If your work has bearing on how we should go about building practical computer systems, it's of interest!

We organise an annual community workshop, held in beautiful Northumberland, to share recent results, work-in-progress, challenges, and other matters of interest.

Click here for details of past workshops.

Fifth Annual UK System Research Challenges Workshop, March 17–19, 2020

This is the fifth iteration of a workshop bringing together systems researchers from across the UK and beyond, to discuss pressing topics affecting the design and implementation of large-scale systems in a friendly and inclusive setting.

Past topics have included everything from system security and architecture, to consensus and engineering, to data visualisation, data centres and the Internet of Things. We aim to be broad and inclusive – if it’s a matter that has bearing on how we design, build, operate and use large-scale computing systems, it’s in scope.

We have been monitoring PHE, WHO, and Government advice closely and with deep regret we have taken the decision to postpone the UK Systems Workshop until later in the year due to the impact of the CORVID-19 outbreak.

This was a difficult decision in a rapidly changing and complex situation. Some of the considerations for this outcome have been based on:

This has made it likely that, even if we went ahead, we would only be able to run a much reduced programme.

Rather than do this, or impact the community building nature of the workshop by turning the event into an online conference, we feel that it is better to postpone the workshop until we can run a full programme later in the year.

We know that all of you who were planning to give papers, or participate in other ways, will be as disappointed as we are. However, we hope you’ll understand; once the current problems have diminished we’ll be back in touch about setting another date to run a full workshop.

Your registration fees will be refunded, however we would appreciate your patience as we work through the administration of this.

We are all tremendously disappointed, and thank you for your understanding.


Key Dates

Registration and Costs

Registration includes accommodation and all meals:

Call for Presentations

Submissions are now closed – see the list of accepted talks below.

We invite you to submit 500 word / 0.5 page abstracts (PDF or plain text) of work for presentation at the next UK Systems Research Challenges workshop. In most cases the main points to include in the abstract are the problem being solved, the new idea or hypothesis being explored in your work, and the current state of the project (e.g., whether you are looking for feedback on an early idea or presenting finished results that others might want to use).

We’re interested in presentations that speak to:

and really, anything that would be of interest to the builders of computer systems.

This is an informal workshop without published proceedings. Work is not subject to detailed peer review; we are requesting abstracts only to help us put together the programme and confirm that work is on-topic. In the event of an excess of submissions, preference for presentation slots will be given to Ph.D. students and early career researchers.



Technical Programme Committee

For any questions or queries, please contact Dr Diana Andreea Popescu.

Steering Committee

Accepted Talks

Distributed Systems/Cloud Computing (5)

Networking (6)

Security (5)

IoT/Edge Computing (6)

Applications (5)

OS & Comp Arch & Parallel Computing (6)


Many thanks to our generous sponsors for their support of this event!

Red Hat

MaRIONet Project