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.

Seventh Annual UK System Research Challenges Workshop, April 25 – April 27, 2023

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 seventh 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 25th April

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 Ramside Hall.

19:00 Drinks reception

19:30 Dinner in the Beaumont Suite

Wednesday 26th April

The conference will be held in the Neville & Hatfield Suite.

09:00 Welcome & Intro by Tom Spink

09:10–10:30 Session 1: Architecture (chaired by Tom Spink)

10:30–11:00 Coffee

11:00–12:00 Session 2: Short Talks *(chaired by Adam Barker)

12:00–13:00 Lunch

13:30–15:10 Session 3: Distributed Systems and the Cloud (chaired by Saleem Bhatti)

15:10–15:30 Coffee

15:30–17:00 Session 4: Network and Serverless (chaired by Poonam Yadav)

19:00–21:00 Dinner

21:00–22:00 Lightning Talks

Thursday 27th April

Note the later start today

10:00–10:10 Good morning!

10:10–10:50 Session 5: Short Talks

10:50–11:10 Coffee

11:10–12:30 Session 6: Systems for Machine Learning, and Programming Languages (chaired by Paul Ezhilchelvan)

12:30–12:45 Wrap-up

12:45–14:00 Lunch

Registration and Costs

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 Tom Spink.


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

Red Hat