University of Newcastle upon Tyne | Faculty of SAgE | School of Computing Science
Parallelism Research Group University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Projects

The primary focii for our research activities are the funded research projects and the PhD research projects that are underway. These projects are presented here briefly, together with links to more detailed descriptions where available. A list of completed funded projects and completed PhD projects is available below. A diagram showing overall research areas of interest is also available.

Active Funded Research Projects

Bioinformatics MyGrid (summary, web)
Microbase (summary, web)
Parallel Object-Oriented Database Systems Polar 2 (summary)
Visual Object-Oriented Design Notations HiPPO (summary, web)
Parallel Simulation Parallel Simulation of ATM Switches
Grid Middleware North East Regional E-Science Centre (summary, web)

Project Summaries

Polar 2

Aims and objectives: Following on from the first Polar project, this new project is investigating distributing queries efficiently in a Grid-based environment.

Project contacts: Prof. Paul Watson, Dr. Jim Smith
Project Web site:
Related projects: Polar

MyGrid

Aims and objectives: To directly support the E-Scientist by developing an architecture that supports the scientific process, and provide a demonstration of the architecture in supporting representative problems from bioinformatics. This is a joint project with Universities of Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield and Southampton, and the EBI.

Newcastle Project contacts: Prof. Paul Watson, Prof. P.A. Lee, Dr. A. Wipat
Project Web site: MyGrid web

Microbase

Aims and objectives: The overall aim of the proposed work is to develop a Grid-enabled information repository that will support microbial genome comparisons for use by the bioinformatics community and that will serve as a test-bed bioinformatics application for a new scalable, parallel computing architecture.

Project contacts: Dr. A. Wipat
Project Web site: Microbase web

HiPPO

Aims and objectives: To advance the state of the art in tools to support the use and implementation of high-performance (parallel) object-oriented software systems.

HiPPO Project contacts: hippo@ncl.ac.uk, Prof. P.A. Lee
Project Web site: HiPPO Project web
Related projects: Polar, Vorlon, NIP

North East Regional E-Science Centre

NERESC Aims and objectives:

Project contacts: Prof. Paul Watson
Project Web site: NERESC Project web
Related projects: MyGrid

Completed Funded Research Projects

Multiprocessor Evaluation Facilities for British Industry

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Visualising Parallel Program Behaviour

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Goldrush

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Goldrush Project contacts: Prof. Paul Watson
Project Web site: Goldrush web

Polar

Aims and objectives: The computing research project Polar is investigating issues concerning the design and implementation of high performance parallel object-oriented database servers on low cost parallel platforms.

Polar Project contacts: Prof. Paul Watson, Dr. Jim Smith
Project Web site: Polar web

Computer Systems Operating Over Wide Area Networks

Aims and objectives: Application of mathematical modelling techniques to the evaluation and optimisation of large-scale distributed computer systems. Funded by BT Research Laboratories, 1998-2001.

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Current PhD Research Projects

T. Rischbeck

Start Year: 1998
Research Area: Migratable Objects in Java
Academic Staff: Prof. Paul Watson
Keywords: VRML
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V. Khomenko

Start Year: 1999
Research Area: Parallel model checking
Academic Staff: Prof. Paul Watson, Prof. Maciej Koutny
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J. Dwiartanto

Start Year: 1999
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Academic Staff: Prof. Paul Watson
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S. Najafi

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Academic Staff: Prof. Paul Watson
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T. Udeye

Start Year: 2000
Research Area: Parallel Object-oriented numerical libraries in Java
Academic Staff: Dr. Chris Phillips
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R. Chakrabarti

Start Year: 2001
Research Area: Bioinformatics
Academic Staff: Prof. Pete Lee, Dr. Anil Wipat
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C.P. Fowler

Start Year: 2001
Research Area: Active Information Repository
Academic Staff: Prof. Paul Watson
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S.J. Aaron

Start Year: 2001
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Academic Staff: Prof. Paul Watson
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Completed PhD Research Projects

Details and abstracts of completed PhD theses are now held on the Computing Science Publications database. Use the links below to view the abstract and publication information for each thesis.