European Teams to Face Off in ISC'13 Klusterkampf

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Over at the Student Cluster Competition Blog, Dan Olds writes that the first Battle of Liepzig in 1813 can’t really compare to what’s coming in June: The Second Battle of Leipzig, aka the ISC’13 Klusterkampf. Now in its second year, the ISC Student Cluster competition will feature nine teams of university undergrad students in a quest to build the fastest supercomputer on the show floor.

Chemnitz University of Technology is only 51 miles from Leipzig and thus the hometown favorite. The school, founded in 1836, was a fast starter in terms of science and technology. During one pre-1900 period, Chemnitz generated more patent registrations than any other institution in the world. Currently, the university is ranked near the top of German technical schools, a reputation they’ll be putting on the line at the student cluster challenge. Judging by their entry application, Chemnitz (or TUC, which stands for Technische Universitat Chemnitz) has a deep HPC curriculum, including courses and research on FPGA and GPU application acceleration. Team TUC has partnered with German hardware vendor MEGWARE GmbH to build “TurboTUC,” the schlachtkreuzer they hope to ride to victory.

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