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Edinburgh Teams Take on Student Cluster Challenge

The Student Cluster Competition has been a staple of the annual Supercomputing conferences for years, and now we are starting to see the practice take hold at ISC’12 and a number of new geographies. As part of the recent University of Edinburgh Innovative Learning Week, a “Cluster Building Challenge” had 16 students assemble small-scale parallel machines completely from scratch, using Open Source software and a range of otherwise unwanted computing and networking hardware.

The Cluster Building Challenge has been an excellent opportunity to put into practice the knowledge gathered through our MSc in High Performance Computing course,” said team member Ioan Hadade. “It was very interesting to witness first hand the importance of finding the right synergy between the hardware and software components in order to squeeze every possible ounce of performance from any computing system.”

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