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Systems 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 can be found below:

Internet of Things
Andy Stanford-Clark (IBM) - Industrial Internet of Things update
Dr Omer Rana (Cardiff University) - Approximate Analysis via In-transit and Edge Resources
Dr Paolo Missier (Newcastle University) - Towards an authority-free marketplace for personal IoT data

Data
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)

Security
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

Consensus
Paul Ezhilchelvan (Newcastle University) - Blockchain Primer and Challenge of Consensus
Heidi Howard (Cambridge University) - Constructing scalable and resilient agreement algorithms for distributed systems

Architecture
Aleksandar Dragojevic (Microsoft) - The FaRM Project
Frédéric Le Mouël (INSA Lyon) - Complexity of Ambient Software: from Composition to Distributed, Contextual, Autonomous, Large-scale Execution

Engineering
Andrey Mokhov (Newcastle University) - Build Systems at Scale
Richard Mortier (Cambridge University) - A Case for User-Centric Data Infrastructure

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published on: 1 February 2017