Video: “What is Supercomputing?”

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studentsIn this video from ASC16, students compete in the final round of the Asia Student Cluster Challenge.

“Some 175 teams from universities in North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania participated in ASC16. Of these, 16 advanced to the final round held last week at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China. Armed with their custom-built systems, finalists competed on six different supercomputing application benchmarks within a 3,000W system power limit. The benchmarks included the surface wave numerical model, MASNUM; the material simulation software, ABINIT; the High Performance Conjugate Gradients benchmark; and ABySS, a de novo, parallel sequence assembler. Teams also had to train a deep neural network for speech recognition. The final test was LINPACK, the industry benchmark used to measure the performance of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, like the Titan system at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Thanks to Tesla K80 GPU accelerators, Huazhong University beat out the field of competitors, grabbing the highest overall score.”

The next Student Cluster Competition takes place June 19-23 at ISC 2016 in Frankfurt.

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