Dr Wes Armour

Associate Director

01865 610789

Dr Wes Armour is an interdisciplinary research scientist based at the Oxford e-Research Centre and a visiting scientist at Diamond Light Source.

His research interests focus on applying techniques from GPU computing, computational physics and applied mathematics to a range of fields which include radio astronomy, protein crystallography, microtomography and condensed matter physics. Current projects relate to:

  • The MOTIVATE project: Real-time signal and image processing for LOFAR and SKA on GPUs; 
  • The ARTEMIS project: Real-time detection of pulsars and radio transients;
    • Live ARTEMIS results from LOFAR UK can be found here!
  • Application of Lattice Field Theory to simulate Graphene on clusters and 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.

Recent Talks:

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, 15th July 2013

GPU accelerated de-dispersion for radio transient searches

SKA CSP talks with Oxford Astrophysics, Oxford, 23rd January 2013

The Higgs Boson

Introduction to the First "FUn and Serious Science" (FUSS) event, OeRC Oxford, 12th October 2012

GPU accelerated de-dispersion for LOFAR transient searches

LOFAR TKP Meeting, Oxford, 12th-15th June 2012

A GPU based brute force de-dispersion algorithm for LOFAR

LOFAR Single Station Meeting, Nancay, 9th May 2012

Mathematical Libraries and Energy Efficiency

Presented on behalf of J. Thiyagalingam and A. Trefethen

SIAM Parallel Processing 2012, Savannah, 15th February 2012

ARTEMIS, MDSM and the search for radio transients.

The Oxford e-Research Centre GPU Seminar Series Michaelmas 2011, OeRC Oxford, 18th November 2011

A GPU-based survey for millisecond radio transients using ARTEMIS.

ADASS XXI, Paris, 7th 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, OeRC Oxford, 8th July 2011

Signal detection and data processing for LOFAR and the SKA using GPUs.

Institute for the Future of Computing Seminars, OeRC Oxford, 20th May 2011 

Recent Publications:

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.