2021 APAC HPC-AI Competition

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Overview

The 4th APAC HPC-AI Competition, organized by the HPC-AI Advisory Council and National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore, will be announced on March 2nd, 2021 during SCAsia21.

High-performance computing and artificial intelligence are the most essential tools fueling the advancement of science. In order to handle the ever-growing demands for higher computation performance and the increase in the complexity of research problems, the world of scientific computing continues to re-innovate itself in a fast pace.

Continuing the competition’s active participation in the global fight against COVID-19, GROMACS (GROningen MAchine for Chemical Simulations), a popular molecular dynamics simulation tool designed for biochemical molecules like proteins and nucleic acids, will be chosen as the HPC task for the HPC-AI competition.

DLRM (Deep Learning Recommendation Model) is a neural network-based recommendation tool. It is a state-of-the-art deep learning recommendation model which Facebook developed in both PyTorch and Caffe2 frameworks. It will be used for the AI task of the competition to utilize the model parallelism while exploiting data parallelism to scale-out compute from the fully-connected layers.

The competition encourages university and technical institute teams in the APAC region to showcase their HPC and AI expertise in a friendly yet spirited competition that builds critical skills, professional relationships, competitive spirits and lifelong comraderies.

Please notice:
  • The HPC-AI Advisory Council will announce the 4th APAC HPC-AI Competition on March 2nd, 2021 during SCAsia21
  • The HPC-AI Advisory Council will finalize the list of competitive teams by May 15th, 2021
  • The HPC-AI Advisory Council will announce the training plan on May 23th, 2021
  • All teams should submit presentation slides together with their code before October 15th 2021
  • The HPC-AI Advisory Council will announce the presentation review agenda on October 19th, 2021
  • The presentation review is scheduled from October 26 to November 6, 2021 via video conference. Each team will have 30 minutes to present and 30 minutes for Q&A.
  • The final results will be announced at the Supercomputing Conference 2021 in November 2021, in St. Louis, MO, USA.
  • The award ceremony will take place at the SupercomputingAsia 2022 conference in Singapore

The winning teams will receive the following awards*:
  • First Place (One team): The First prize letter, a reserved spot representing APAC at the 2022 International ISC Student Cluster Competition, RDMA Programming lecture, HPC and AI foundation lecture.
  • Second Place (one team): The second prize letter, a reserved spot representing APAC at the 2022 International ISC Student Cluster Competition, RDMA Programming lecture, HPC and AI foundation lecture.
  • Third Place (one team): The third prize letter, a reserved spot representing APAC at the 2022 International ISC Student Cluster Competition, RDMA Programming lecture, HPC and AI foundation lecture.
  • Merit Prize (up to three teams): The merit prize letter, RDMA Programming lecture, HPC and AI foundation lecture.
  • HPC Special Prize: : The HPC prize letter.
  • AI Special Prize: : The AI Special prize letter
  • Each team member who finish the competition tasks will receive a certificate.