In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Jon Bashor from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory describes how the Student Cluster Competitions benefit the HPC community at large.
“We also discuss something I haven’t talked about before with anyone else – how students can best take advantage of this experience after the competition ends. What doors does their participation open? How they should best pursue positions in business, research, academia, or even with HPC vendors? In this interview, John Lee describes what Cray is looking for in new hires, and how SCC experience pays off for prospective job candidates in a wide variety of fields.”
ISC’14 will host a Student Cluster Competition, organized in collaboration with the HPC Advisory Council. Held during the ISC exhibition in Leipzig towards the end of June, the Student Cluster Challenge is not just an opportunity to showcase student expertise but is designed to encourage the next generation of students to take up the challenges of high performance computing.
“There’s no limit on how much gear or what type of hardware teams can bring to the competition. But there’s a catch: whatever they run can’t consume more than 3,000 watts at whatever volts and amps are customary in that location. In the US, the limit is 26 amps (26*115 volts = 3000 watts.) At the ISC’13 competition in Germany, the limit will be 13 amps (13*230 volts = 3,000 watts.) The same 3,000-watt limit also applies to the upcoming ASC competition in Shanghai.”
Today the HPC Advisory Council announced that 11 university teams from around the world will compete in the HPCAC-ISC 2013 Student Cluster Competition.