Kick-off and Industrial Engagement Event

Kick-off and Industrial Engagement Event

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 9:00am – 6:30pm Informatics Forum, The University of Edinburgh, 10 Crichton Street

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Kick-off and Industrial Engagement Event


Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 9:00am – 6:30pm Informatics Forum, The University of Edinburgh, 10 Crichton Street

The CDT in Pervasive Parallelism Kick-off & Industrial Engagement Event will bring together students, supervisors and industry partners of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Pervasive Parallelism, to celebrate the launch of the new Centre. Postgraduate research students from the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre, Electrical Engineering and related Informatics institutes are also invited.

Students will meet our industry partners, hear about their current work and find out about internships and other opportunities the companies provide.

Industry partners will have the opportunity to present short talks about their companies, speak with students and supervisors at the poster and information session and find out more details about the CDT training and engagement opportunities at the Industrial Advisory Board meeting.

The day will also include a keynote by Babak Falsafi, Director, EcoCloud and Professor of CS, EPFL. Please see below for further details.

Please RSVP via the Eventbrite page. Please note that you will need the link to the Eventbrite page in order to register. If you would like to attend but haven’t received an invitation with the link, please email

Please scroll down for travel and accommodation information.

Kick-off & Industrial Engagement Event Agenda

Keynote Speaker: Babak Falsafi, Director, EcoCloud, Professor of CS, EPFL

Title: “Big Data and Dark Silicon: Taming Two IT Inflection Points on a Collision Course”


Information technology is now an indispensable pillar of a modern-day society, thanks to the proliferation of digital platforms in the past several decades. We are now witnessing two inflection points, however, that are about to change IT as we know it. First, we are entering the Big Data era where demand on robust and economical data processing, communication and storage is growing faster than technology can sustain. Second, while forecasts indicate that chip density scaling will continue for another decade, the diminishing returns in digital platform energy efficiency and the impending “energy wall”, is leading server designers towards energy-centric solutions and eventually Dark Silicon. In this talk, I will motivate these two IT trends and present promising research avenues for IT platform and infrastructure designers and operators to help mitigate these technological challenges.


Babak Falsafi is Professor in the School of Computer and Communication Sciences and the founding director of the EcoCloud research center pioneering future energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly cloud technologies at EPFL. He has made numerous contributions to computer system design and evaluation including a scalable multiprocessor architecture which was prototyped by Sun Microsystems (now Oracle), snoop filters and temporal stream prefetchers that are incorporated into IBM BlueGene/P and BlueGene/Q, and computer system design evaluation methodologies that have been in use by AMD and HP for research and product development. He is a recipient of an NSF CAREER award, IBM Faculty Partnership Awards, and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. He is a fellow of IEEE.


Informatics Forum
The University of Edinburgh
10 Crichton Street
Edinburgh EH8 9AB



The University of Edinburgh has negotiated discounted rates at the following hotels:

Residence Inn (Marriott), Edinburgh
+44 (0)131 229 7150
(Roughly a 5-minute walk from the Informatics Forum)

Ten Hill Place, Edinburgh
+44 (0)131 662 2080
(Roughly a 5-minute walk from the Informatics Forum)

Jury’s Inn Edinburgh
+44 (0)131 200 3330

Ibis Edinburgh Centre
+44 (0)131 292 0008

To find out how to take advantage of the University rates, contact Amanda Grimm, CDT Administrative Assistant at for booking instructions.

Other hotels located near to the Informatics Forum include:

Hotel du Vin

Radisson Blu Hotel Edinburgh

Hotel Novotel Edinburgh Centre



If arriving by train:

The two main train stations in Edinburgh are:

Edinburgh Waverley: 18 North Bridge (15-minute walk to the Informatics Forum,
mainly uphill)

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Edinburgh Haymarket: Haymarket Terrace (27-minute walk to the Informatics Forum)

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If arriving into Edinburgh Airport:
Transport options from Edinburgh Airport to the city centre include the Airlink Bus, Edinburgh Trams or taxis.

Airlink Bus
• Departs every 10 minutes from the airport and from locations in central Edinburgh
• Tickets: £4.00 single or £7.00 return
• 30-minute journey (subject to traffic) from the airport to Waverley Bridge (just across from Waverley Train Station)
• 13-minute walk from the Waverley Bridge bus stop to the Informatics Forum (mainly uphill):

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Edinburgh Trams
• Departs every 8-10 minutes from the airport and from locations in central Edinburgh
• Tickets: £5.00 single or £8.00 return
• 36-minute journey from the airport to Princes Street

• 18-minute walk from Princes Street tram stop to the Informatics Forum (mainly uphill):

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• A taxi from Edinburgh Airport to the Informatics Forum costs around £21 – £25.
• To book a taxi in advance through Edinburgh City Private Hire, which is licensed by Edinburgh Airport, phone 0844 448 8576 or fill out the online taxi booking form.
• To book a public taxi on arrival at the airport, phone City Cabs on 0131 656 0830.


Transport around Edinburgh


The major bus company in Edinburgh is Lothian Buses. Route maps, timetables and fares can be found at their website:


The main taxi providers in Edinburgh are:
• City Cabs: 0131 228 1211
• Central Taxis: 0131 229 2468