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The 3rd HPCAC-ISC Student Cluster Competition, featured at ISC'14, was an opportunity to showcase student expertise in a friendly yet spirited competition. The competition featured 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 Competition is designed to introduce the next generation of students to the high performance computing world and community.

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Check out the highlights from 2014's exciting competition and learn about the great opportunities you and your team have by competing together during this fun and challenging event!  

Competition Results

1st Place:
Centre for HPC (CHPC), South Africa
2nd Place:
University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China
3rd Place:
Tsinghua University, China
Highest LINPACK Performance:
EPCC at The University of Edinburgh (EPCC), United Kingdom
Fan Favorite:
TU Chemnitz, Germany

The Teams:


  • Gilad Shainer (HPC Advisory Council)
  • Brian Sparks (HPC Advisory Council)
  • Thomas 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)
  • Martin Hilgeman (HPC Advisory Council)
  • Christophe Mion (Scalable Graphics)
  • Volker Springel (Heidelberg University)
  • Filippo Spiga (University of Cambridge)


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'14.

Tentative schedule is shown. Actual times and events are subject to change.

Saturday, June 21
8:00AM - Close

Sunday, June 22
8:00AM - Close

Monday, June 23
8:00AM - 3:00PM
3:00PM - 3:10PM

Competition Kick-off
Results Submission

Tuesday, June 24
10:00AM - 10:10AM
10:10AM - 5:50PM

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

Wednesday, June 25
10:00AM - 10:10AM
10:10AM - 4:00PM
4:00PM -5:00PM

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