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ISC'12 Student Cluster Competition

ISC'12 will feature a new activity - the HPCAC-ISC Student Cluster Competition as 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 Competition is designed to introduce the next generation of students to the high performance computing world and community.

Submissions are now closed! Questions? Contact us.

Competition Results:

Overall Winner:
Tsinghua University, China
Highest LINPACK:
NUDT, China
Fan Favorite:
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

The Teams:

Competition Committee:

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

Competition Schedule:

The Competition is an intense challenge, where the hard work and preparation of student teams will culminate on the exhibit floor in Hamburg, Germany during ISC12.

Sunday, June 17:
All day: Setup

Monday, June 18:
8AM-3PM Setup
3PM-8:30PM HPCC and Linpack Runs
8:30PM: Result submission

Tuesday, June 19:
10:00AM-5:30PM: Applications Runs(Part 1)
5:30PM: Results Submission

Wednesday, June 20:
10:00AM-4:00PM: Applications Runs(Part 2)
4:00PM: Results Submission
5:00PM: Award Ceremony

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.