Radio Free HPC Looks at Results from the ISC 2017 Student Cluster Competition

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In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks back at the recent ISC 2017 conference and summarizes results from the Student Cluster Competition.

Eleven student teams were on the show floor this year, vying against each other for the top honors in the sixth annual ISC Student Cluster Competition. Tsinghua University from China emerged as the Overall Competition Winner, thus marking their third win in the contest. They had the honor of receiving their trophy from Wednesday keynote speaker, Professor Thomas Sterling.

The second place was captured by the South African team hosted by CHPC, and the third place went to Beihang University, also from China. The Fan Favorite Award went to Universitat Politècnica De Catalunya from Barcelona, who garnered over 2,100 ISC 2017 participant votes to win the title for the second year in a row. The High Linpack award went to competitors from the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen in Nuremberg.

The three-day competition was co-organized with the HPC Advisory Council. If you are interested in applying for the 2018 competition, please contact the organizers at

Brent Gorda with his red Motoguzzi and Rich Brueckner with his bike dubbed “The Mighty One.”

After that, we do our Catch of the Week:

  • Shahin likes our recent insideHPC post on IBM’s TrueNorth AI chip coming to ARL. IBM is collaborating with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) on a first-of-a-kind brain-inspired supercomputing system powered by a 64-chip array of the IBM TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System. The scalable platform IBM is building for AFRL will feature an end-to-end software ecosystem designed to enable deep neural-network learning and information discovery.
  • Dan reminisces on his youth where he bought an entire minivan full of fireworks for the 4th of July.
  • Rich tells the tale of his Lustre Motorcycle Tour through the Alps. The GoPro camera footage from the trip is amazing. He followed that trip up with three days at the PASC17 conference.

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