A team of six undergraduate students from Barcelona School of Informatics involved in the Mont-Blanc project have been selected to take part in the 4th HPCAC-ISC Student Cluster Competition.
The competition will take place at the ISC High Performance Conference in Frankfurt this July. This year, the competition will feature 11 cluster-building teams in a race for the best performance across a series of benchmarks and applications.
The so-called ARMaggedon team, headed by Filippo Mantovani, coordinator of the Mont-Blanc project, will be the first Spanish team to have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in setting up and administrating an ARM-based HPC cluster within the established power limit of 3000W. They will also demonstrate their skills in optimizing the benchmarks and applications for that specific architecture.
We will be the first team to use the ARM architecture in this competition. We know that it is a challenge but we are eager to demonstrate both our skills and the potential of an ARM-based cluster,” says Luna Backes, a resident student at Barcelona Supercomputing Center who is heavily involved in the Mont-Blanc project and the leader of the ARMaggedon team.
In this video, researchers from the Barcelona Supercomputer Center describe the Mont-Blanc Project, whose aim is to to design a new type of computer architecture capable of setting future global HPC standards, built from today’s energy efficient solutions used in embedded and mobile devices.