Today the 2015 ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC15) announced the winners of what they’re calling “the largest supercomputer contest in the world.” In total, 16 teams battled it out in the final round of the event, which took place last week at Taiyuan University of Technology in China.
Sign up your team today! “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.”
The SC15 theme is ‘HPC Transforms’ and we’re looking to do as much as we can so that our student attendees’ ideas about school and careers are also transformed,” said Jeanine Cook, Student Program Chair. “In my 10 years as a professor, I saw many times how just the right opportunity or word of encouragement could have a powerful effect on a student’s career choice and development. At SC15, we want to provide that kind of inspiration to as many students as possible.”
In this video, students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong gear up for the ASC15 Student Cluster Competition. “Over 100 international universities are expected to register for ASC15, while the number of overseas university is expected to exceed 50,” said ASC Executive Director Dr. Qing (Kitty) Ji.”
“Kruger National Park was the perfect setting for the conservation-themed meeting titled “Towards an Energy-Efficient HPC System,” but the environment proved to be extra challenging for the contest, with occasional power outages and a saturated Wi-Fi network. The playing field was level, however, and the conditions prepared the students to be persistent and to not take anything for granted–good lessons for life, in general! Eight teams with 32 competitors were selected in Sept. from among 84 applicants.”