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SC15 Seeking More Teams for the Student Cluster Competition


There is still time for teams to sign up for the SC15 Student Cluster Competition. Applications are now being accepted and the deadline for team submissions is Friday, April 17, 2015.

Students interested in demonstrating their high-performance computing skills on a global stage are invited to form teams and sign up to compete in the ninth annual Student Cluster Competition at the SC15 Conference to be held Nov. 15-20 in Austin. SC15 is the premier international conference on high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis.

The Student Cluster Competition is a high energy event featuring young supercomputing talent from around the world competing to build and operate powerful cluster computers. Created as an opportunity to showcase student expertise in a friendly yet spirited competition, the Student Cluster Competition aims to introduce the next generation of students to the high-performance computing community. Over the last couple of years, the competition has drawn teams from around the world, including Australia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Russia, Taiwan and the United States.

How the Challenge Works

In this real-time, non-stop, 48-hour competition, teams of undergraduate and/or high school students assemble small cluster computers on the SC15 exhibit floor and race to complete a real-world workload across a series of applications and impress HPC industry judges. Prior to the competition, teams work with their advisor and vendor partners to design and build a cutting-edge cluster from commercially available components that does not exceed a 3120-watt power limit (26-amp at 120-volt), and work with application experts to tune and run the competition codes.

In this video, three participants in past SC Student Cluster Competitions describe how the event gives them valuable hands-on experience and has served as a career pathway.

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