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:
Speakers and participants restricted by organisational travel bans, which may lead to an increased number of last minute talk cancellations
The situation is unlikely to improve over the coming weeks, and the unpredictable nature risks putting attendees in a difficult position where they must take a personal decision over whether to attend
Recommendations and precautionary measures are changing everyday which is impacting our ability to coordinate a successful event
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.
Registration includes accommodation and all meals:
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.
For any questions or queries, please contact Dr Diana Andreea Popescu.
Liberating Consensus: benchmarking consensus systems
Chris Jensen (University of Cambridge), Daniel Saaw (University of Cambridge), Heidi Howard (University of Cambridge), Richard Mortier (University of Cambridge)
SDBO: A cost-efficient multi-cloud orchestrator for benchmarking containerized web-applications
Devki Nandan Jha (Newcastle University), Zhenyu Wen (Newcastle University), Yinhao Li (Newcastle University), Michael Nee (Newcastle University), Maciej Koutny (Newcastle University), Rajiv Ranjan (Newcastle University)
Performance in the age of cloud and edge computing
Diana Andreea Popescu (University of Cambridge)
Towards Emergent Scheduling for Distributed Execution Frameworks
Paul Allan Dean (Lancaster University), Barry Porter (Lancaster University)
An In-memory Graph System for Scalable and Consistent Data Integration
Bilal Arshad (University of Derby)
Parsing Protocol Standards
Stephen McQuistin (University of Glasgow), Vivian Band (University of Glasgow), Colin Perkins (University of Glasgow)
Towards In-Switch Reinforcement Learning
Kyle A. Simpson (University of Glasgow)
Novel visualisation method for summarising and exploring complex networks
Osman Akbulut (Newcastle University), Matthew Forshaw (Newcastle University), Nick Holliman (Newcastle University)
PASTE: Network-Storage Stack Co-Design for Persistent Memory
Michio Honda (University of Edinburgh)
Dyninka: a framework for distributed FaaS dataflow
Patrik Fortier (INSA Lyon - CITI), Julien Ponge (Red Hat), Frédéric le Mouël (INSA Lyon - CITI)
POETS - Partial Ordered Event Triggered Systems
Jordan Morris (Newcastle University)
AutoAI and Machine Learning Systems Design
Neil D. Lawrence (University of Cambridge)
HoneyPlant: A Distributed Hybrid Honeypot System for ICS Security
Sam Maesschalck (Lancaster University), Vasileios Giotsas (Lancaster University)
Confidential Consortium Framework
Alex Shamis (Microsoft Research), Amaury Chamayou (Microsoft Research), Cedric Fournet (Microsoft Research), Christoph M Wintersteiger (Microsoft Research), Eddy Ashton (Microsoft Research), Julien Maffre (Microsoft Research), Manuel Costa (Microsoft Research), Miguel Castro (Microsoft Research), Olga Vrousgou (Microsoft Research), Sylvan Clebsch (Microsoft Research)
Managing confidentiality leaks through private algorithms on Software Guard eXtensions (SGX) enclaves: Minimised TCB on secret-code execution with Early Private Mode (EPM)
Kubilay Ahmet Küçük (University of Oxford), Andrew Martin (University of Oxford)
Optimizing Generic Taint Analysis
John Galea (University of Oxford), Daniel Kroening (University of Oxford)
Orpheus: An Efficient Deep Learning Inference Framework for Easy Prototyping at the Edge
Perry Gibson (University of Glasgow), José Cano (University of Glasgow)
Neural Adaptive Edge Video Analytics with OsmoticGate
Bin Qian (Newcastle University, UK), Zhenyu wen (Newcastle University, UK), Ye Yuan (Beijing Institute of Technology, China), Rajiv Ranjan (Newcastle University, UK)
Towards a distributed privacy-preserving IoT management model for smart buildings
Vadim Safronov (University of Cambridge), Ian Lewis (University of Cambridge), Richard Mortier (University of Cambridge)
Tom Spink (University of Edinburgh)
Beyond compute as a service, what OS structure?
Jon Larrea (The University of Edinburgh), Antonio Barbalance (The University of Edinburgh)
What am I waiting for? Energy and Performance Optimization on big.LITTLE Architectures: A Memory-latency Aware Approach
Willy Wolff (Lancaster University), Barry Porter (Lancaster University)
The Efficiency Death-March: The Unintended Consequences of Large-scale Systems Research upon Climate Change
Peter Garraghan (Lancaster University)
Decentralised Identity Enabled Inferences for Friction-Reduced Mortgage Processing
Edward Curran (Newcastle University), Paul Ezhilchelvan (Newcastle University), Aad van Moorsel (Newcastle University), Simon Brown (Atom Bank)
Participatory Design Fiction for Wearables II: The Sequel
Helen Oliver (The Alan Turing Institute/University of Cambridge)
The role of Reactive and Event-Driven Applications in Microservice Architectures
Clement Escoffier (Red Hat)
Debugging Unikernel Operating Systems
Kareem Ahmad (University of St Andrews), Alan Dearle (University of St Andrews), Jon Lewis (University of St Andrews), Ward Jaradat (University of St Andrews)
Popcorn Linux OS and Compiler Framework: lessons from 7 years of research, development, and deployments
Antonio Barbalace (University of Edinburgh), Pierre Olivier (The University of Manchester), Binoy Ravindran (Virginia Tech)
Unikernel Support for Lambda Functions
Ward Jaradat (Adobe Inc.), Alan Dearle (University of St Andrews), Jonathan Lewis (University of St Andrews)
Pricing Python Parallelism : Guided JIT compilation for Heterogeneous Architectures
Dejice Jacob (University of Glasgow)
Magnus Morton (University of Edinburgh), Björn Franke (University of Edinburgh)
Exposing parallelism in sequential code using a modern commutativity analysis
Christos Vasiladiotis (University of Edinburgh)
MOCHA: Modelling and Optimising Complex Heterogeneous Architectures
Shuai Zhao (University of York), Xiaotian Dai (University of York), Wanli Chang (University of York), Iain Bate (University of York)
Many thanks to our generous sponsors for their support of this event!