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ISC announces teams for student cluster competition

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The HPC Advisory Council (HPCAC), a leading organisation for high-performance computing research, outreach and education, and ISC High Performance, formerly known as the International Supercomputing Conference, have announced the 11 university teams from around the world who will take part in the HPCAC-ISC 2015 Student Cluster Competition.

University-based teams will compete to demonstrate the capabilities of state-of-the-art HPC systems and applications on the ISC 2015 show-floor.

The teams are as follows:

  • A combined team of students from Purdue University, United States and Universidad EAFIT, Columbia

  • Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany

  • University of Hamburg, Germany

  • University of São Paulo, Brazil

  • Jamia Millia Islamia, India

  • University of Tartu, Estonia

  • Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain

  • University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China

  • A university to be determined in a run-off competition via the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC), South Africa

  • Two additional university teams from China to be determined in a run-off competition via the Asia Student Cluster Competition (ASC) in early 2015

In a real-time challenge, the 11 teams of undergraduate students will build a small cluster of their own design on the ISC 2015 exhibit floor and race to demonstrate the greatest performance across a series of benchmarks and applications. It all concludes with a ceremony on the main conference keynote stage to award and recognise all student participants.

Gilad Shainer, chairman of the HPC Advisory Council said: ‘The HPCAC-ISC Student Cluster Competition is designed to introduce the next generation of students to the international high-performance computing community. We are pleased with the increasing worldwide mix of universities and students who are participating. This exciting challenge is an excellent educational opportunity for students around the world to showcase their knowledge and skillsets and to engage with leading commercial vendors. Together, the HPC Advisory Council, ISC Group, and university teams from around the globe, all look forward to this competitive and fun challenge.

Martin Meuer, managing director of the ISC Group said: ‘The HPCAC-ISC Student Cluster Competition is an opportunity to showcase the world’s brightest computer science students’ expertise in a friendly, yet spirited competition. We are very pleased to host 11 compelling university teams around the world to compete. We look forward to this very engaging competition at next year’s ISC High Performance conference and wish all the teams good luck.’

Team preparation prior to the competition includes working with supervisors and vendor partners to design and build a winning cluster from commercially available components not exceeding the pre-agreed power limit, and to learn the predetermined HPC applications.