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
We organise an annual community workshop, held in beautiful County Durham, to share recent results,
work-in-progress, challenges, and other matters of interest.
Click here for details of past workshops.
Second Annual UK System Research Challenges Workshop
Following our successful systems Research Challenges Workshop in 2016, we were
pleased to collaborate with Red Hat to run a further event.
Our second Systems Research Challenges workshop, sponsored by industry partners
Red Hat, took place at Lumley Castle in January 2017.
The aim of the 2017 workshop was to bring together industry with academic
researchers to discuss pressing topics that affect the design and implementation
of large-scale systems, especially in the key challenges of scalability,
dependability and security. The workshop included position paper presentations,
moderated discussions, lightning talks and networking opportunities.
We were delighted to have representation from a number of Universities including
Cambridge, Nottingham, St. Andrews and Cardiff University alongside European
collegues from Lyon. Joining our academic colleagues were senior representatives
from IBM and Red Hat.
The scope of presentations were well received by the delegates, and led to a
number of potential areas for further research and opened up new opportunities
for collaborations across institutions. Further details of all of the talks are as follows:
Internet of Things
- Sara Fernstad (Northumbria University). Designing Interactive Visual
Analytics Tools for Exploration of Microbial Communities
- Jim Webber (Neo4j). Very Large Graph Databases are Easy (until you want to
make them Dependable)
- Paul Galwas (Digital Catapult). DDoI and Industrial Revolution – Distributed
Denial of Integrity threats to cyber-physical products
- Steve McGough (Durham University). Identifying and dealing with Criminal
behaviour in Large Systems
- Aleksandar Dragojevic (Microsoft). The FaRM
- Frédéric Le Mouël (INSA Lyon). Complexity of Ambient Software: from
Composition to Distributed, Contextual, Autonomous, Large-scale Execution
- Andrey Mokhov (Newcastle University). Build Systems at
- Richard Mortier (Cambridge University). A Case for User-Centric Data