Over at STEM-Trek, Elizabeth Leake writes that the third annual CHPC student cluster challenge brought great sport to the jungle at Kruger National Park in South Africa.
Kruger National Park was the perfect setting for the conservation-themed meeting titled “Towards an Energy-Efficient HPC System,” but the environment proved to be extra challenging for the contest, with occasional power outages and a saturated Wi-Fi network. The playing field was level, however, and the conditions prepared the students to be persistent and to not take anything for granted–good lessons for life, in general! Eight teams with 32 competitors were selected in Sept. from among 84 applicants. The teams first began working together on Nov. 30 to compete for a chance to win a Dell tablet computer, a trip to Kruger Park for the CHPC meeting and cluster competition, and a journey to Austin, Texas-US where they will visit Dell’s research and design facility and the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC).
In the end, Team Wits-A won the day and along with a trip to the next World Competition at the ISC High Performance Conference in Frankfurt this July.