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12 Teams to Compete in ISC 2017 Student Cluster Competition

Student Cluster Comp 2014 200pxlsToday the HPC Advisory Council announced the twelve teams that will take part in the ISC 2017 Student Cluster Competition. In a real-time challenge, the students will build a small cluster of their own design on the exhibit floor and race to demonstrate the greatest performance across a series of benchmarks and applications. The completion will then conclude with a ceremony on the main conference keynote stage to award and recognize all student participants in front of thousands of HPC enthusiasts.

The Student Cluster Competition is designed to foster the future generation of HPC professionals and scientists, to encourage HPC education, and to broaden the outreach of HPC technology and usage,” said Gilad Shainer, chairman of the HPC Advisory Council. “We are pleased with the worldwide mix of universities and students who are participating in the sixth annual competition. This exciting competition is an excellent educational opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge and skillsets, and to engage with the HPC community.”

Team preparation prior to the competition includes working with supervisors and vendor partners to design and build a cluster from commercially available components without exceeding strict power limits, and to learn the predetermined HPC applications. Advocate the future of HPC by sponsoring the ISC-HPCAC Student Cluster Competition Commercial enterprises utilizing the power of HPC in their business are offered a unique opportunity to sponsor the SCC in a variety of ways. All sponsorship funds flow directly into the competition, enabling students to travel to Frankfurt and participate in the three-day competition in a comfortable environment.

“The competition is an opportunity to showcase the world’s brightest computer science students’ expertise in a friendly, yet spirited competition,” said Martin Meuer, managing director of the ISC Group. “We are very pleased to host these 12 compelling university teams from around the world. We look forward to this very engaging competition and wish the teams good luck.”

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Supporting the global demand for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) talent, the sixth annual competition introduces university teams, comprised of six students and up to two advisors each. In addition to applying the knowledge gained through their education, SCC participants learn valuable new skills, including developing basic proposals, obtaining required sponsorships, securing industry partnerships, and designing a platform to run benchmarks and applications within a limited power budget. The competition also nurtures a healthy competitive spirit, develops comradery, and establishes early professional relationships and even lifelong friendships that might have never occurred otherwise. All of these experiences have become as much a benefit of the SCC as the hands-on live-learning experience itself.

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