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China’s Team Diablo Wins SC15 Student Cluster Competition

SC15 has announced the winners of the Student Cluster Competition, which took place last week in Austin. Team Diablo, a team of undergraduate students from Tsinghua University in China, was named the overall winner. “The competition is a real-time, non-stop, 48-hour challenge in which teams of six undergraduates assemble a small cluster at SC15 and race to complete a real-world workload across a series of scientific applications, demonstrate knowledge of system architecture and application performance, and impress HPC industry judges.”

Creating Careers for Research Software Engineers

“Recognition of status and career advancement in academia relies on publications. If your skills as a software developer lead you to focus on code to the detriment of your publication history, then your career will come to a grinding halt – despite the fact that your work may have significantly advanced research. This situation is simply not acceptable.”

Students: Apply for the ORNL Challenge Program

Oak Ridge National Laboratory has opened up submissions for their ORNL Challenge Program. Designed to propel the careers of bright young minds in computational science, the challenge program offers college students 10-week paid internships at Oak Ridge National Lab, DOE’s largest multi-program science and energy laboratory.

Video: Beowulf Boot Camp Trains the Next Generation of HPC Experts

“This exciting course offers students and teachers a unique opportunity to work with advanced research technology not usually available in a typical classroom setting. Students will engage in the following activities: building a computer cluster from scratch; installing the Linux operating system on the computer they’ve built; connecting computers put together by their peers to make a mini-supercomputer; learning how to program a mini-supercomputer in parallel with Python; interactive activities to help understand how Parallel computing works in Supercomputing; running performance benchmarks to determine how your cluster ranks in comparison with the fastest and largest supercomputers in the world.”

Register for SC15 by Oct 15 and Save Big

Are you planning on attending SC15 in Austin? Discounted “Early Bird” Advance registration for the SC15 conference ends Thursday, Oct. 15. After that, fees go up and could add several hundred dollars to your costs.

Intel HPC Developer Conference Coming to SC15

The first annual Intel HPC Developer Conference is coming to Austin Nov. 14-15 in conjunction with SC15. “The Intel® HPC Developer Conference will bring together developers from around the world to discuss code modernization in high performance computing. Learn what’s next in HPC, its technologies, and its impact on tomorrow’s innovations. Find the solutions to your biggest challenges at the Intel® HPC Developer Conference.”

Video: Scalable High Performance Systems

In this video, Alexandru Iosup from the TU Delft presents: Scalable High Performance Systems. “During this masterclass, Alexandru discussed several steps towards addressing interesting new challenges which emerge in the operation of the datacenters that form the infrastructure of cloud services, and in supporting the dynamic workloads of demanding users. If we succeed, we may not only enable the advent of big science and engineering, and the almost complete automation of many large-scale processes, but also reduce the ecological footprint of datacenters and the entire ICT industry.”

XSEDE & UC Berkeley Offer Online Parallel Computing Course

The XSEDE project and the University of California, Berkeley are offering an online course on parallel computing for graduate students and advanced undergraduates.

Call for Student Cluster Teams at ISC 2016

Today the HPC Advisory Council announced the return of the widely successful HPCAC-ISC Student Cluster Competition in next year’s ISC program of events. In a real-time competition, 11 teams of undergraduate students from around the world will build a small cluster of their own design on the ISC 2016 exhibit floor and race to demonstrate the greatest performance across a series of benchmarks and applications.

Interactive Design Powers Visual Introduction to Machine Learning

Machine learning is the science of getting computers to act without being explicitly programmed. The new R2D3 Blog offers an instructive Visual Introduction to Machine Learning.