Asian Students Prep for Cluster Competition Smackdown

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Over at The Register, Dan Olds writes that the first annual Asia Student Cluster Challenge (ASCC) culminates this week with a final round of competition that brings 10 university teams to Shanghai for a live cluster-off.

Teams will compete for top benchmark scores on three HPC workloads including the LINPACK benchmark and the Gromacs molecular dynamics package. The third applications, BSDE option pricing (a Monte Carlo calculation), requires students to use Intel’s Phi accelerator to compute results. This competition, which is the first in the student cluster competition triple crown, is jointly sponsored by the Asian Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC), the HPC Advisory Council, Inspur and Intel. Forty-two universities from far and wide submitted highly detailed competition proposals. The ASC selected the ten best submissions and invited those teams to the final in Shanghai.

ASCC winners will receive cash prizes and a chance to compete at the ISC’13 Student Cluster Competition.