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.

Sixth Annual UK System Research Challenges Workshop, November 30– December 2, 2021

Call for Presentations & Participation

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).

This is the sixth 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. We’re interested in presentations that speak to:

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.

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.


Key Dates


Tuesday 30th November

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 Redworth Hall

18:30 for 19:00 Dinner

Wednesday 1st December

09:00-09:10 Welcome & Intro (Matt Forshaw)

09:10-10:30 Session 1: Hardware

10:30-11:15 Coffee

11:15-12:00 Session 2: Networking

12:00-12:30 Networking

12:30-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:00 Session 3: Short Talks

15:00-15:30 Coffee

15:30-17:00 Session 4

19:00-21:00 Dinner

21:00-22:00 Lightning Talks

Short (5 minute) talks on any relevant topic.

Thursday 2nd December

09:00-10:20 Session 5

10:30-11:00 Coffee

11:00-12:00 Session 6

12:00-12:30 Wrap-up

12:30-14:00 Lunch

14:00 Coach departs for the Urban Sciences Building, Newcastle


Submissions via this link.

Registration and Costs

To register, please contact Jennifer Wood directly.

Including accommodation and meals:

We are committed to widen participation and historically underrepresented groups within the Systems community. We recognise the need for individualised support to address barriers to participation. To discuss how we can support you (e.g. through bursaries or reimbursement of reasonable expenses) please contact Jennifer Wood.

Organising Committee



For any other questions or queries, please contact Dr Matthew Forshaw.


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

Red Hat