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 County Durham, to share recent results, work-in-progress, challenges, and other matters of interest.

Click here for details of past workshops.

Third Annual UK System Research Challenges Workshop, March 21–23, 2018

Many thanks to all those who attended! Programme with abstracts and slides where available are posted below. The full Call for Papers and Participation is available here.

Location & Transport

The workshop will be held at the Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club, Northumberland. We are providing coach transport between the venue and Newcastle city centre (Urban Sciences Building, 1 Science Square, Science Central, NE4 5TG) as follows:

Note that this is not a shuttle service but a single coach in each direction. For those travelling on from Newcastle after the workshop by train, we would suggest booking a train after 15:30 to allow for delays.

Thanks to generous contributions from our sponsors, accommodation will be included in the registration fee (free for students, £100 otherwise).


Wednesday, March 21

16:45 Please report to the ground floor reception of the Urban Sciences Building, Newcastle

17:00 Coach leaves the Urban Sciences Building, Newcastle

18:00 Check-in at Linden Hall

18:30 for 19:00 Dinner

Thursday, March 22

09:00-09:20 Welcome & Intro (Paul Watson, Richard Mortier)

09:20-11:00 Networking & Cloud (Derek McAuley)

11:00-11:30 Coffee

11:30-12:30 Applications & Data Science (Mark Little)

12:30-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:20 Hardware (Andy Stanford Clark)

15:20-15:50 Coffee

15:50-17:10 Unikernels & Containers (Paul Watson)

19:00-21:00 Dinner

21:00-22:00 Lightning Talks (Aleksandar Dragojevic)

Short (5 minute) talks on any relevant topic. Contact Aleksandar Dragojevic to offer a title.

Friday, March 23

09:00-10:20 Formal Methods & IoT (Richard Mortier)

10:20-10:50 Coffee

10:50-12:10 Blockchain & Edge (Julie McCann)

12:10-12:20 Wrap-up

12:20-13:20 Lunch

13:45 Coach departs for the Urban Sciences Building, Newcastle


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

Marionet Microsoft Newcastle University Digital Institute Red Hat