Podcast: SC19 Student Cluster Competition Preview

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Jessi Lanum from Purdue

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team catches up with Jessi Lanum, a veteran of the SC19 Student Cluster Competition, for an insider peek on what it’s like to compete for cluster competition glory.

For the few of you who are not already fans of these events, here’s the lowdown: 16 student teams representing universities from around the world have been working their brains out designing, building, and tuning clusters provided by their sponsors. They can use as much hardware as they want, the only limitation is that their systems can’t use more than 3,000 watts during the competition. When the green flag drops on Monday afternoon, the students will start running a variety of HPC benchmarks and real-world HPC applications. The goal is to get the best/fastest results and thus prove that they have built, tuned, and optimized the best cluster platform. It’s a hugely exciting event. Dan goes over who all is competing this year and what apps they’ll be running. We also get a rare inside scoop from Jessi on what it’s like to prep and compete in the cluster competition. It’s both fascinating and fun to hear what they go through during the grueling 46-hour event.

Visit Dan’s site at www.StudentClusterComp.com to find out everything you ever wanted to know – and more. Dan’s been covering this competition around the world for about a decade and been taking copious notes!

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