Video: South Africa to Compete in ISC 2018 Student Cluster Competition

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Dr Happy Sithole Sithole is the director of the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) in South Africa.

In this video, Happy Sithole from CHPC introduces the team from South Africa that will travel to the Student Cluster Competition at ISC 2018 in Frankfurt.

“A group of South African university students will represent the country at the International Student Cluster Competition hosted at the 2018 International Supercomputing Conference in Germany. Last week the local students came first in a national competition at the annual Centre for High Performance Computing conference in Pretoria. They will now compete next year with 11 other teams from abroad including China, Singapore, Thailand, Poland, and Germany. Winners Rosendorff Meir and Paupamah Kimessha as well as Director of CHPC Dr Happy Sithole join us in studio.”

Now in its seventh year, the ISC-HPCAC Student Cluster Competition enables international STEM teams to take part in a real-time contest focused on advancing STEM disciplines and HPC skills development at ISC 2018 from June 25-27. To take home top honors, twelve teams will have the opportunity to showcase systems of their own design, adhering to strict power constraints and achieve the highest performance across a series of standard HPC benchmarks and applications.

ISC High Performance and the HPC Advisory Council recently announced the names of nine other teams that have qualified to enter the ISC 2018 competition. Two Chinese teams will be announced by the end of spring next year, bringing the total number of competing teams to 12.

Here is the current list of teams:

  • South Africa (CHPC)
  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • EPCC, The university of Edinburgh
  • Universitat Politicnica de Catalunya
  • Kasetsart University
  • Universität Hamburg
  • Heidelberg University
  • Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Federal University of Paraná (UFPR)
  • University of Warsaw

Showcased at the conference’s closing plenary session, the intense three-day competition will culminate in front of thousands of conference attendees. Students will take center stage, alongside HPC luminaries, for a live ceremony to award and recognize each of the participating teams.

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