Organisation profile

Organisation profile

The HPDC Cluster conducts pioneering research on software for massively parallel computing systems. Research considers systems at all scales, from custom heterogeneous many-core designs for the embedded systems domain, to Exascale systems and Datacentres. The Cluster adopts a holistic approach that addresses simultaneously the challenges of high performance, performance portability and dependability, energy-efficiency and reliability. Ongoing projects build upon and explore disruptive hardware technologies, developing methods to seamlessly integrate these technologies into the high-performance computing ecosystem and, in the long term, the mainstream computing ecosystem.

The HPDC Research Cluster has expertise in all layers of the system software stack, including languages, libraries, compilers, runtime systems, operating systems, virtualisation environments, firmware and tools. Expertise in system software is complemented by expertise in theoretical foundations of parallel computation, where Queen's University has a long-standing tradition, computational science and high-performance algorithmics. Research projects in the Cluster are largely application-driven. The Cluster regularly interacts with industry to revise its research and education portfolio, towards training a next generation of experts who are ideally positioned to contribute HPDC technology to emerging market domains. As part of this effort, the Cluster currently explores research, development and training activities in the domains of High Performance Computational Finance and Real-Time Big Data Analytics.

The HPDC Cluster has an extensive network of collaborators, ranging from leading technology provides such as IBM, Intel, ARM, SAP and HP, to SMEs, and from supercomputing centres such as EPCC, LLNL, ORNL, BSC, JSC and HLRS to peer academic groups. Many of these partnerships materialise in collaborative international projects funded by EC Framework Programmes, EPSRC and the industry. The Cluster has active memberships and significant involvement in the European Network of Excellence on High Performance and Embedded Architectures and Compilers (HiPEAC) and the EPSRC Network on Numerical Algorithms and High Performance Computing.

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    Research Output

    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    220 Downloads (Pure)

    ALEA: A Fine-Grain Energy Profiling Tool

    Mukhanov, L., Petoumenos, P., Wang, Z., Parasyris, N., Nikolopoulos, D. S., De Supinski, B. R. & Leather, H., 12 Mar 2017, In : ACM Transactions on Architecture and Code Optimization . 14, 1, 25 p., 1.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    121 Downloads (Pure)

    A Scalable and Composable Map-Reduce System

    Arif, M., Vandierendonck, H., Nikolopoulos, D. S. & de Supinski, B. R., 06 Feb 2017, Proceedings of 2016 IEEE International Conference on Big Data (Big Data). IEEE , p. 2233-2242 10 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    377 Downloads (Pure)


    MEDAL workshop paper dataset

    Vandierendonck, H. (Creator), Queen's University Belfast, 08 Feb 2016




    Adjunct Professorship in Computer Science

    Nikolopoulos, Dimitrios (Recipient), 01 Jan 2013

    Prize: National/international honour

    Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship

    Scott, Stan (Recipient), 1994

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Awarded Senior Membership of the ACM

    Vandierendonck, Hans (Recipient), 01 Aug 2013

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively


    Design, Automation and Test in Europe (DATE) 2019

    Charles Gillan (Participant)

    26 Mar 201928 Mar 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    ISC'19 High Performance Computing Conference

    Dimitrios Nikolopoulos (Member of programme committee)

    16 Jun 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    MULTIPROG (Event)

    Hans Vandierendonck (Advisor)

    Nov 2019Jan 2020

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

    Press / Media