When it comes to Student Cluster Competitions, is there such a thing as a home team advantage? A team of six Chemnitz students will battle it out with eight other teams in the ISC’13 Student Cluster Challenge. The team calls themselves “TurboTUC” and their roster includes some students with pure science backgrounds in areas such as chemistry and theoretical physics to go along with their computer-related smarts.
The challenge for us is firstly to create high-performance hardware and then use the right components,” says team member Sebastian Siegert. “In addition, we will only find out about part of the applications at the fair itself – then the task will be to discover whether – and how well – we can adapt these with our supercomputer in order to solve the problem as quickly and with the greatest energy efficiency as possible,” adds Henrik Kretzschmar.