Holiday Cheer for 12 University Teams Names for the 2017 ISC-HPCAC Student Cluster Competition!

The HPC Advisory Council (HPCAC) had a little early holiday cheer with the announcement of the 12 international teams selected to compete in the sixth annual ISC-HPCAC Student Cluster Competition at ISC 2017, held June 18 -22, in Frankfurt, Germany.

In true global spirit of competition and the exchange of ideas and innovation, the roster of teams selected to compete includes:

• Universitat Politècnica De Catalunya Barcelona Tech (UPC), Catalonia/Spain
• A combined team of students from National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) and the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China (winner of the SC16 Student Cluster Challenge)
• Universität Hamburg (UH), Germany
• Friedrich-Alexander-Universität (FAU) Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
• Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore
• A university team to be determined following a run-off competition via the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC), South Africa
• University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC), United Kingdom
• A combined team of high school and undergraduate students sponsored by the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), United States
• A combined team of students from Purdue University and Northeastern University, United States
• A combined team of students, ‘The Boston Green Team’ from Boston University, University of Massachusetts, Boston (UMass Boston); Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States
• Two additional university teams from China to be determined in a run-off competition via the Asia Student Cluster Competition (ASC) to be held in April 2017

Student Teams from around the world will strive to demonstrate breakthrough capabilities using state-of-the-art high-performance cluster hardware and software during the ISC 2017 conference.

The challenge works in real-time, tasking students to build a small cluster of their own design on the show exhibit floor and then, with the clock ticking away, teams racing to demonstrate the greatest performance across a series of benchmarks and applications. The completion concludes with a ceremony on the main conference keynote stage awarding and recognizing all student participants in front of thousands of HPC enthusiasts.

“The Student Cluster Competition is designed to foster the future generation of HPC professionals and scientists, to encourage HPC education, and to broaden the outreach of HPC technology and usage,” said Gilad Shainer, chairman of the HPC Advisory Council. “We are pleased with the worldwide mix of universities and students who are participating in the sixth annual competition. This exciting competition is an excellent educational opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge and skillsets, and to engage with the HPC community.”

“The competition is an opportunity to showcase the world’s brightest computer science students’ expertise in a friendly, yet spirited competition,” said Martin Meuer, managing director of the ISC Group. “We are very pleased to host these 12 compelling university teams from around the world. We look forward to this very engaging competition and wish the teams good luck.”

The competition, of course, doesn’t start for months but team prep starts far before that and includes working with supervisors and vendor partners to design and build a cluster from commercially available components without exceeding strict power limits, and to learn the predetermined HPC applications.

As part of this worthy cause, commercial enterprises embracing the power of HPC in their business are also offered a unique opportunity to sponsor the SCC in a variety of ways. All sponsorship funds flow directly into the competition, enabling students to travel to Frankfurt and participate in the three-day competition in a comfortable environment.

You can check out the teams and find additional information on ISC and the 2017 competition, etc., on our SCC pages!