Wes Armour MPhys, PhD

Associate Professor

Director, Oxford e-Research Centre

  • Biography
  • Research
  • Publications
  • DPhil Supervision


Professor Wes Armour is the Director of the Oxford e-Research Centre and Associate Professor in Engineering Science. He leads the Scientific Computing Group at the Centre. Wes 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).

Research Interests

  • High Performance Computing
  • Scientific Computing
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • GPU Computing

Current Projects

  • Astro Accelerate - GPU accelerate real-time signal processing for time-domain radio-astronomy
  • SKA SDP - the science data processor for the Square Kilometre Array (a next-generation radio telescope);
  • ENErGize - Energy Efficient GPU Computing, focusing on tuning and optimisation of GPU libraries and algorithms for energy efficiency
  • FUN - Fast GPU Convolutions, focusing on accelerating Fourier Domain convolutions on GPU architectures
  • AFAR - Acceleration of AI learning, focusing on the acceleration of CNNs
  • APT - AI HPC Intersection. This project investigates the use of AI to either predict best values for characterisations in HPC codes or to increase accuracy in simulation results.


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.

I currently have places available for research students.