ISC’12 Student Cluster Competition

At ISC’12 the HPC Advisory Council managed the first ISC-HPCAC Student Cluster Competition. Five universities competed on achieving the best applications performance under a tight power budget of 3000 Watt – Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany), The University of Colorado (USA), Stony Brook University (USA), Tsinghua University (China) and the National University of Defense Technology (China).

The competition was covered by InsideHPC (, Gabriel Consulting Group ( and The Register ( The competition was also covered by several Chinese media channels, including CCTV (morning news coverage on CCTV was broadcasted on 6/21

Here are the competition results:

The first set of awards was given as a recognition for specific achievements that the teams have demonstrated throughout the three days of the competition: 

– KIT (Germany): the highest Linpack result on x86 based cluster

– StonyBrook University (USA): for impressive troubleshooting and overcoming hardware and software challenges

– Tsinghua University (China): for understanding the impact of weak and strong scaling on application performance

– Colorado University  (USA): for being first to run all applications, including the secret ones

– National Defense of Defense Technology (China): for building the highest core count system in a hybrid architecture.

The three major awards:

– The award for the highest Linpack score of 2.65 Teraflops was presented to the National University of Defense Technology, China.

– The award for the “Overall Winner” which achieved the highest aggregate points total for all the benchmarks included in the competition was presented to Tsinghua University, China

– The “Fan Favorite” award for the team that got the most number of unique votes from ISC participants during the competition was presented to KIT, Germany