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HPCAC Announces Teams for 2015 ISC Student Cluster Challenge

2015-student-compToday the HPC Advisory Council announced that 11 university teams from around the world will compete in the HPCAC-ISC 2015 Student Cluster Competition. The international challenge will take place at the ISC High Performance Conference, which takes place July 12-16, 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany.

The HPCAC-ISC Student Cluster Competition is designed to introduce the next generation of students to the international high-performance computing community. We are pleased with the increasing worldwide mix of universities and students who are participating,” said Gilad Shainer, chairman of the HPC Advisory Council. “This exciting challenge is an excellent educational opportunity for students around the world to showcase their knowledge and skillsets and to engage with leading commercial vendors. Together, the HPC Advisory Council, ISC Group, and university teams from around the globe, all look forward to this competitive and fun challenge.”

University-based teams to compete and demonstrate the incredible capabilities of state-of-the-art HPC systems and applications on the ISC 2015 show-floor will be the following:

  • A combined team of students from Purdue University, United States and Universidad EAFIT, Columbia
  • Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany
  • University of Hamburg, Germany
  • University of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Jamia Millia Islamia, India
  • University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain
  • University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China
  • A university to be determined in a run-off competition via the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC), South Africa
  • Two additional university teams from China to be determined in a run-off competition via the Asia Student Cluster Competition (ASC) in early 2015

In a real-time challenge, the 11 teams of undergraduate students will build a small cluster of their own design on the ISC 2015 exhibit floor and race to demonstrate the greatest performance across a series of benchmarks and applications. It all concludes with a ceremony on the main conference keynote stage to award and recognize all student participants in front of thousands of HPC luminaries.

Team preparation prior to the competition includes working with supervisors and vendor partners to design and build a winning cluster from commercially available components not exceeding power limit, and to learn the predetermined HPC applications.

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