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Call for Participation: ASC16 Student Supercomputer Challenge

students2The 2016 ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC16) in China has issued its Call for Participation. As one of the largest Student Cluster Competitions in the world, the ASC16 initiative provides a unique opportunity for organizations and individuals to test their mettle in High Performance Computing. Student Teams and Potential Hosting Institutions are invited to apply.

The experience of continuous participation in ASC, improved the skills and capability of team member and it is the key for our championships on ISC, SC and ASC,” said Mr. Zhai Jidong, advisor of Tsinghua team. “After 4 years’ experience of ASC, the team of Tsinghua University accumulated a deep knowledge on deployment of heterogeneous computing environment, optimization of multiple fields’ applications, selection &tuning of serial and parallel instruction.”

At present, ASC16 teams include a number of registered universities, covering the United States, China, Germany, Russia, Singapore, Australia and other countries and regions. The teams consist of the Tsinghua University, who was the champion of ISC, SC and ASC, and the famous university – Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Last year, over 150 universities participated.

ASC16 schedule

ASC16 will be divided into three stages: the first stage is registration and team set up, the due day will end by 5th January, 2016; the second stage is preliminary contest and will be held between January and March in 2016. Each team has to submit a proposal according to the committee’s questions; the third stage is the finals and will be held in April in 2016. The finalist teams need to deploy and optimize a cluster supplied by Inpsur, under the competition rules, and finish the following tasks: Linpack test, HPC application test & optimization, and a presentation. The final position will be selected by a judgement committee, based on actual test results. According to the rules of the challenge, each registered team should be composed of one advisor and five team undergraduate students.

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For the competition setting, there will be total six applications in ASC16, which includes three of them for preliminary round, and three new applications plus preliminary ones will be in the finals to challenge students’ capability of application understanding and innovation. In addition to Linpack test, the other five application tests will be called for public submission worldwide, which includes four applications optimization tests and one heterogeneous computing optimization test.

Registration for the ASC16 Event is now open.

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