Submission Criteria

Proposal for Participation

A complete team (students and a coach) must be designated at the time of submission for participation. Teams must prepare and submit a proposal describing:

  • Team members including the year which the students enrolled in the educational institution.
  • Biographies, personal and group pictures are strongly encouraged
  • Educational Institution logo (in .jpg and .eps format)
  • Point of contact information (Name, address, title/position, phone number, email) who will be responsible for distributing information to all team members.
  • Why are you participating?
  • Why do you believe that you have put together a winning team?
  • What sorts of diversity in skills does your team possess?
  • Why will your team work well together?
  • What experience do you and your team members have?
  • How will your team work together to tune and optimize the application set?
  • General overview of your desired cluster hardware and software configuration (i.e. nodes, cores, memory, interconnect, operating system)
  • For the showcase period of the conference, what demonstrations do you anticipate to impress and attract conference attendees?
  • Explain the commitment of the institution to educating the broader student community about the usefulness and the accessibility of High Performance Computing at your institution; explain how cluster computing is integrated in the educational curriculum of the proposing institution.

Final Architecture Proposal
A final architecture proposal is required of each accepted team about a month before the competition. The exact date can be found from the deadline section. Failure to submit a final architecture proposal will result in automatic disqualification. The final architecture should be closely determined with industrial partner(s), taking into consideration the competition applications. Hardware and software combinations should be generally applicable to any computational science domain. While novel system configurations are encouraged, systems designed to target a single application or only certain benchmarks will generally not be favorably considered. The proposal should contain detailed information about both the hardware being used and the software stack that will be used to participate in the competition. The detail should be sufficient for the judging panel to determine if all the applications will easily port to and run on the computational infrastructure being proposed.

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