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.

Fifth Annual UK Systems Research Challenges Workshop, November-December, 2020, Virtual Seminar Series

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.

Due to COVID-19 disruption, we are running the UK Systems Research Challenges Workshop as a virtual seminar series. Please see program below.

Virtual Seminar Series

25th November 2020, 14:00-15:30

2nd December 2020, 14:00-15:30

3rd December 2020, 10:30-12:00

9th December 2020, 14:00-15:30

10th December 2020, 10:30-12:00

16th December 2020, 14:00-15:30


Key Dates

Registration and Costs

Registration includes accommodation and all meals:

Call for Presentations

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

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


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

Red Hat

MaRIONet Project