Dr Wes Armour

Centre Director

01865 610789

Dr Wes Armour is Centre Director and leads the Scientific Computing Group. Dr Armour has an MPhys degree in Fundamental Particle Physics and Cosmology and a PhD in Lattice Gauge Theory (the computational description of the strong nuclear force).

His research interests are strongly focused in Scientific Computing, specifically the use of HPC and many-core technologies to answer scientific problems or to have impact in people’s day-to-day lives. Topics of work are centred on modelling and simulation, Digital Signal Processing (DSP), HPC/many-core and real-time computing for Big Data / Data Science.

Current projects at the Centre relate to:

  • The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project, an international effort to build the world's largest radio telescope;
  • Astro Accelerate a many core accelerated software package for processing time domain radio-astronomy data;
  • OpenFOAM improving Computational Fluid Dynamics codes;
  • C4X Discovery Ltd increasing speed of drug discovery;
  • The ARTEMIS project: Real-time detection of pulsars and radio transients;
  • Application of Lattice Field Theory to simulate Graphene on clusters and GPUs.

Past Projects:

  • The MOTIVATE project: Real-time signal and image processing for LOFAR and SKA on GPUs;
  • Lattice Field Theory simulations of QED3 and consequences for spin liquids and cuprate superconductivity;
  • Implementation of X-ray microtomography for use on protein crystallography beamlines;
  • Real-time model based dose calculations and radiation damage corrections for protein crystals;
  • Absorption corrections for X-ray diffraction data collected from protein crystals; 
  • Statistical techniques for merging multiple crystal datasets.

Publications: (see Google Scholar)


Jayanth Chennamangalam, David MacMahon, Jeff Cobb, Aris Karastergiou, Andrew PV Siemion, Kaustubh Rajwade, Wes Armour, Vishal Gajjar, Duncan R Lorimer, Maura A McLaughlin, Dan Werthimer, Christopher Williams. SETIBURST: A Robotic, Commensal, Realtime Multi-Science Backend for the Arecibo Telescope The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series 228 (Number 2), (2017)


K Adámek, W Armour. A Real-time Single Pulse Detection Algorithm for GPUs Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems, ADASS XXVI, (2016)

K Adámek, J Novotný, W Armour. A polyphase filter for many-core architectures Astronomy and Computing, Volume 15, (2016)

Kaustubh Rajwade, Jayanth Chennamangalam, Duncan Lorimer, Aris Karastergiou, Dan Werthimer, Andrew Siemion, David MacMahon, Jeff Cobb, Christopher Williams, Wes Armour. Commissioning of ALFABURST: initial tests and results. arXiv preprint arXiv:1602.04389, (2016)


W Armour, S Hands, C Strouthos. Strong Interaction Effects at a Fermi Surface in a Model for Voltage-Biased Bilayer Graphene. Phys. Rev. B 92 (Issue 23), (2015)

S Dimoudi, W Armour. Pulsar Acceleration Searches on the GPU for the Square Kilometre Array. Proceedings for Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XXV, (2015)

Jayanth Chennamangalam, Aris Karastergiou, David MacMahon, Wes Armour, Jeff Cobb, Duncan Lorimer, Kaustubh Rajwade, Andrew Siemion, Dan Werthimer, Christopher Williams. ALFABURST: A realtime fast radio burst monitor for the Arecibo telescope. Proceedings of the Fourteenth Marcel Grossmann Meeting on General Relativity, (2015)

Jayanth Chennamangalam, Aris Karastergiou, David MacMahon, Wes Armour, Jeff Cobb, Duncan Lorimer, Kaustubh Rajwade, Andrew Siemion, Dan Werthimer, Christopher Williams. ALFABURST.  WSPC Proceedings, July 2015

A Karastergiou, J Chennamangalam, W Armour, C Williams, B Mort, F Dulwich, S Salvini, A Magro, S Roberts, M Serylak, A Doo, AV Bilous, RP Breton, H Falcke, J-M Grießmeier, JWT Hessels, EF Keane, VI Kondratiev, M Kramer, J Van Leeuwen, A Noutsos, S Osłowski, C Sobey, BW Stappers, P Weltevrede. Limits on Fast Radio Bursts at 145 MHz with ARTEMIS, a real-time software backend. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society Volume 452 (Issue 2), (2015)

J Chennamangalam, A Karastergiou, W Armour, C Williams, M Giles. Artemis: A real-time data processing pipeline for the detection of fast transients. Radio Science Conference (URSI AT-RASC), 2015 1st URSI Atlantic, (2015)

S Hands, W Armour, C Strouthos. Graphene as a Lattice Field Theory. 9th International Workshop on Critical Point and Onset of Deconfinement (CPOD 2014), (2015)


Karel Adámek, Jan Novotný, Wes Armour. The Implementation of a Real-Time Polyphase Filter. WDS 2014, Prague
APV Siemion, W Armour, J Chennamangalam, J Cobb, M Dexter, H Falcke, J Ford, M Garrett, G Jones, A Karastergiou, E Korpela, M Lebofsky, D Lorimer, D MacMahon, R Maddalena, M McLaughlin, D Werthimer. Commensal searches for extraterrestrial intelligence with Arecibo Observatory and the Green Bank Telescope. General Assembly and Scientific Symposium (URSI GASS), 2014 XXXIth URSI, 1-4

J. Foadi, P. Aller, Y. Alguel, A. Cameron, D. Axford, R. L. Owen, W. Armour, D. G. Waterman, S. Iwata and G. Evans. Clustering procedures for the optimal selection of data sets from multiple crystals in macromolecular crystallography. Acta Cryst. D69, 1617-1632 (2013).

Anna J. Warren, Wes Armour, Danny Axford, Mark Basham, Thomas Connolley, David R. Hall, Sam Horrell, Katherine E. McAuley, Vitaliy Mykhaylyk, Armin Wagner and Gwyndaf Evans. Visualization of membrane protein crystals in lipid cubic phase using X-ray imaging. Acta Cryst. D69, 1252–1259 (2013).

Wesley Armour, Simon Hands and Costas Strouthos. Monte Carlo study of strongly interacting degenerate fermions: A model for voltage-biased bilayer graphene. Physical Review D 87, 065010 (2013)

M. Serylak, A. Karastergiou, C. Williams, W. Armour, M. Giles and LOFAR Pulsar Working Group.Observations of transients and pulsars with LOFAR international stations and the ARTEMIS system. Proceedings of IAUS 291 (Neutron Stars and Pulsars: Challenges and Opportunities after 80 years, 2012).

M. Serylak, A. Karastergiou, C. Williams, W. Armour and LOFAR Pulsar Working Group. Observations of transients and pulsars with LOFAR international stations. ASP Conference Series, 466, (Electromagnetic Radiation from Pulsars and Magnetars, 2012).

W. Armour, A. Karastergiou, M. Giles, C. Williams, A. Magro, K. Zagkouris, S. Roberts, S. Salvini, F. Dulwich and B. Mort. A GPU-based survey for millisecond radio transients using ARTEMIS. ASP Conference Series, 461, 33 (ADASS XXI, 2012).

David R Merrifield, Vasuki Ramachandran, Kevin J Roberts, Wesley Armour, Danny Axford, Mark Basham, Thomas Connolley, Gwyndaf Evans, Katherine E McAuley, Robin L Owen and James Sandy. A novel technique combining high-resolution synchrotron x-ray microtomography and x-ray diffraction for characterization of micro particulates Measurement Science and Technology Vol 22, 11 (2011)

Wesley Armour, Simon Hands and Costas Strouthos. Monte Carlo simulation of monolayer graphene at nonzero temperature Physical Review B 84, 075123 (2011)

Wesley Armour, Simon Hands, John B. Kogut, Biagio Lucini, Costas Strouthos and Pavlos Vranas. Magnetic monopole plasma phase in (2+1)d compact quantum electrodynamics with fermionic matter Physical Review D 84, 014502 (2011)

Radio Astronomy, Theoretical Physics, Condensed Matter Physics and Grid Computing publications can be found here.


Signal processing at scale - GPUs enabling next generation radio telescopes
CUDA Course, July 2017

HPC and the Square Kilometre Array
IDC HPC User Forum, September 2016

Addressing the Big Data challenge posed by the world's largest telescope
ARC Showcase, April 2016
IEEE Smart Cites and Smart World, June 2015

The use of New and Novel Technologies in Scientific Computing
FUSE, March 2015

The Oxford e-Research Centre
CW2015, March 2015

INFORM - International Forest Risk Model
January 2015

Big Data and Real-Time Computing using Many-Core Architectures
ESA, July 2014

Real-time signal detection for pulsars and radio transients using GPUs
Intelligent Front-End Signal Processing for Frontier Exploitation in Research and Industry, Oxford Summer School, St Anne's College Oxford, July 2013

GPU accelerated de-dispersion for radio transient searches
SKA CSP talks with Oxford Astrophysics, Oxford, January 2013

The Higgs Boson
Introduction to the First "FUn and Serious Science" (FUSS) event, OeRC Oxford, October 2012

GPU accelerated de-dispersion for LOFAR transient searches
LOFAR TKP Meeting, Oxford, June 2012

A GPU based brute force de-dispersion algorithm for LOFAR
LOFAR Single Station Meeting, Nancay, 2012

Mathematical Libraries and Energy Efficiency
Presented on behalf of J. Thiyagalingam and A. TrefethenSIAM Parallel Processing 2012, Savannah, February 2012

ARTEMIS, MDSM and the search for radio transients.
The Oxford e-Research Centre GPU Seminar Series Michaelmas 2011, Oxford, November 2011

A GPU-based survey for millisecond radio transients using ARTEMIS.
ADASS XXI, Paris, November 2011

Dedispersion for LOFAR using GPUs.
PrepSKA, OeRC Oxford, 26th October 2011

Signal detection and data processing for LOFAR using GPUs.
Oxford e-Research Centre Seminar Series, Oxford, July 2011

Signal detection and data processing for LOFAR and the SKA using GPUs.
Institute for the Future of Computing Seminars, Oxford, May 2011