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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!

What do you get when you mix 21st Century HPC SMEs with 1st Century BC History?

The 5th Annual Spain Conference! Hosted by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) in partnership with the HPC Advisory Council (HPCAC) and member sponsors Dell Inc., Mellanox Technologies and DDN Storage the one day conference takes place next Wednesday in León and will feature leading collaborations taking place within and beyond Spain’s borders. This year’s agenda underscores the collaborations that are critical to deriving the ‘answer’.

We’ll meet PhD powerhouse Rosa Badia, the driving force in development of programming models for complex platforms will share insights into BSC’s Big Data initiatives. National Research prize winner and author Dr. Jose Duato, whose work influenced routing algorithm designs in Sun’s Magnum switch and supercomputing class systems IBM BlueGene/L and Cray T3E, joins from the Universitat Politècnica de València to discuss ‘rCUDA’ and ongiong developments in remote GPU virtualization including the frameworks futures in cloud computing. We’ll also welcome Álvaro Fernández González and the Fundación Centro de Supercomputación (FSCSL) – the Castiella y Llión region’s research consortium exploring everything from optimizing energy efficiency and ROI of classic HPC architectures to stimulating economic development by partnering with local industry to drive innovation into comercial R&D.

There’s also the heavy hitter line-up of technologists. Co-founder of OpenMPI and 12 year veteran of two US labs, Richard Graham will examine the Co-Design collaboration opportunities that are going to be critical in achieving new breakthroughs. Our annual Swiss Conference host, Hussein Harake joins from CSCS to share his engineering insights and parallel file system fundamentals following his in-depth evaluation of BeeGFS. We’ll also welcome Tommaso Cecchi, who joined DDN after 12 years with the Italian consortium CINECA. Cecchi does a deep dive on DDN’s Infinite Memory Engine – flash cache for PFS. Representing one of many foundation members coined (by another of our presenters) the ‘rebel alliance’, IBMer Martina Naughton reveals the force of OpenPOWER providing analysis and lessons learned from various applied research projects and the complex systems that were required to address very real world problems. Dell’s (and My Favorite) Martin Hilgeman brings perspectives of a system builder to the massively parallel performance discussion – examining the continuous advances in multi-core architectures and its impact on users and computational work.

The day starts and ends with industry insights from industry notables Dan Olds and Addison Snell, both longtime contributors to our mission – from the conferences to the student cluster competitions and so much more! DanO sheds his SCC color commentary to kick-off the day with a new take on what is seemingly the hot topic in HPC these days – High Performance Interconnects (HPI). Ever the watcher over the technology industry the former Gabriel Consulting founder’s new venture with industry strategy and research firm OrionX brings him to us for the day to expand upon their recently published analysis of the HPI market, its futures and evaluation considerations. Marking ten years of Intersect360 Research success, we commemorate this accomplishment featuring company founder and HPC veteran Addison Snell as this year’s ‘end note’ – a retrospective of the HPC industry over the last decade and predictions of what it will look like a decade from now and results from the firms most recent end-user study.

I am really excited about next week thanks to all of you – our wonderful hosts and generous sponsors, all of our presenters and participants – and your teams, organizations and yours as well! The sharing of expertise, the consideration of time and support are gifts, greatly appreciated! Having the honor of putting brilliant people together with brilliant people, where amazing things happen … is for me anyway…‘the answer’!

See you in León! If you can’t make Spain we have an incredible line-up next month as well at our China Conference! And of course save the date for Stanford (07-08 Feb, 2017) and Lugano (10-12 Apr, 2017)!

Picking Faves …

The official countdown on the Student Cluster Competition  (SCC) site ticks down the few remaining hours, minutes and seconds from tomorrow’s kick-off!

If you’re attending the ISC High Performance 2016 conference and exhibition at Messe Frankfurt join us at the HPCAC booth (#1442) for the Monday kick-off at 15:00 which starts with the traditional T-shirt scramble.

This year marks a milestone ~ Five years of SCC!

I’m guessing the big match is between the Tsinghua University and Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) teams as they battle it out in the two time champion tie-breaker.

There’s also the two ASC winners, HUST and SJTU returning to SCC after a two year hiatus. And SCC veterans like USTC, UPC, Tartu and the Purdue University, University of Colorado, Boulder combo. All solid, experienced contenders! There’s the new entrants, like Nanyang, NERSC and the Green Team. And of course local favorite University of Hamburg. It’s anyone’s competition (and guess)!

One of the major elements ISC attendees can directly influence is to vote for your favorite team! Stop by and meet these teams, learn their stories, impart some of your own wisdom and vote!

The competition ends with the Wednesday award ceremony – now at 17:15 in Panorama 2. Awards go to the team to receive the most unique votes in the “Fan Favorite” category, the team to achieve the highest score for the LINPACK award and three awards for “Overall” to the top three teams with the best combined scores for applications, benchmarks and team interviews.

While the competition only runs for three days it has been ongoing for the last seven months and last 48 months or so before that … all thanks to one super human Pak Lui! Mentor, Master of Competition… and just about everything else. Always with a smile. He is amazing!

Twelve teams, somewhere over seventy students. Include the advisors and that’s north of one hundred individuals taking part in the 2016 competition. Thank you Pak! Thank you teams and team advisors too!

My thanks also to the exceptional team at the ISC Group and all of the teams that have helped put this conference and competition together, to David, Tong and our team judges and to Kim McMahon of McMahon Consulting and Dan Olds of Gabriele Consulting along with a host of others and of course to the teams sponsors for their support of the SCC and students. Thank you all! So much!

As I became more familiar with this awesome event it occurred to me that picking a favorite would be more a challenge than I thought … so instead (and since I am not eligible to vote) I pick … all of the above! All my faves for so many reasons! Thank you gang and good luck!

If you can’t make it to ISC watch your social feeds and  visit the Student Cluster Competition site! And share!

It’s been great leading in to this competition and while ISC promises a busy week for all I hope you’ll have some time for the teams! Look forward to seeing you here or the next!

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ISC Big Data 2014: From Data to Knowledge

The ISC Big Data Conference will be held this fall in Heidelberg, Germany, October 1-2, 2014.  This second annual big data conference will present attendees with the latest developments in data-centric computing from both industry players and researchers. The conference will explore all aspects of that data-to-knowledge path.

The conference will kick off on Wednesday, October 1, with a keynote entitled “The Internet of Things,” presented by Dirk Slama of Bosch Software Innovations. The second conference keynoter, Stefan Wrobel of the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis will talk about “Big Data – Successes and Challenges beyond the Hype.”

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