The second HPCAC-ISC Student Cluster Challenge, featured at ISC'13, is an opportunity to showcase student expertise in a friendly yet spirited competition. The competition will feature small teams that compete to demonstrate the incredible capabilities of state-of- the-art high-performance cluster hardware and software. In a real-time challenge, teams of six undergraduate and/or high school students will build a small cluster of their own design on the ISC exhibit floor and race to demonstrate the greatest performance across a series of benchmarks and applications. The students will have a unique opportunity to learn, experience and demonstrate how high-performance computing influence our world and day-to-day learning. Held in collaboration of the HPC Advisory Council and ISC, the Student Cluster Challenge is designed to introduce the next generation of students to the high performance computing world and community.

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Competition Results:

Overall Winner:
Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC), South Africa
Highest LINPACK:
Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China
Fan Favorite:
Costa Rica Institute of Technology (TEC), Costa Rica

The Teams:


  • Gilad Shainer (HPC Advisory Council)
  • Brian Sparks (HPC Advisory Council)
  • Hans Meuer (ISC)
  • Martin Meuer (ISC)
  • Gerd Buettner (Airbus)
  • Tong Liu (HPC Advisory Council)
  • Pak Lui (HPC Advisory Council)
  • Marcel Schneider (ISC)
  • Shelley Smith (ISC)
  • Dan Olds (Gabriel Consulting Group)
  • Happy Sithole (Center for High Performance Computing, South Africa)
  • Doug Smith (University of Colorado)
  • Hussein Harake (HPC Advisory Council Switzerland Center of Excellence)
  • Sadaf Alam (Swiss Supercomputing Center)
  • Cydney Stevens (HPC Advisory Council)
  • Christophe Mion (Scalable Graphics)


The Competition is an intense challenge, where the hard work and preparation of student teams will culminate on the exhibit floor in Leipzig, Germany during ISC'13.

Sunday, June 16
8:00AM – 12:00 Midnight

Monday, June 17
8:00AM - 12:00PM
12:00PM - 12:30PM
12:30PM - 8:20PM

Competition Kick-off
(SCC Lounge, Booth 480)
Results Submission

Tuesday, June 18
10:00AM - 10:10AM
10:10AM - 5:50PM

Pre-competition Announcement
Applications Run (Part 1)
Results Submission

Wednesday, June 19
10:00AM - 10:10AM
10:30AM - 3:30PM
3:30PM - 4:00PM

Pre-competition Announcement
Applications Run (Part 2)
Results Submission
Award Ceremony (Hall 1, Level 1)
Booth Dismantling

Points will be awarded for all three components. The team scoring the highest aggregate points across all three components will be the overall winner of the competition.