SC10 Student Cluster Competition: 48 Hours Powered by Red Bull and Pizza

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The SC10 Student Cluster Competition is a two-day competition between eight teams of undergraduate students building, tuning, and racing HPC clusters of their own design on the SC exhibit floor. The teams will race against each other to run the greatest number of applications. To level the playing field, teams will be required to run workloads on the same power needed to run only three coffeemakers.

The SC cluster challenge provides a unique opportunity for students around the world to build a relationship with leading HPC equipment vendors and gain experience with the day-to-day challenges of the high performance computing world,” said Gilad Shainer of the HPC Advisory Council. “At SC09, Stony Brook students, sponsored by AMD, Dell, Mellanox Technologies, and assistance from the HPC Advisory Council, made an amazing run and won the SC09 cluster challenge. It was a great experience for everyone involved and we are thankful that the SC conference organizes such challenges and continues to provide the opportunity for more groups to experience what we had the pleasure to do.“

Organized by the SC10 Technical and Communities Programs team, the Cluster Competition is designed to foster HPC education by providing an intense hands-on experience for high school and undergraduate students throughout the year. This year’s competition is made possible through generous contributions from Bank of America, Corning, Inc., Cray Inc., DataDirect Networks, LexisNexis, Lockheed Martin, Myricom, Proctor & Gamble, and Whamcloud.