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Deep Learning Comes to the Student Cluster Competition

“We decided to use a slightly more interesting use case of solving for Captcha because it not only highlights the power of deep learning to be a useful tool create models to recognize and classify unwieldy data, such as distorted characters, grainy images and overlapping characters, but it also demonstrates that it is possible for this powerful technology to be used in less positive ways, such as solving for security or privacy. Realizing that everyone has access to the tools we use to move society forward, we need to be aware of the possible mis-use, especially as it becomes more pervasive across industry, healthcare, financial services, and the like.”

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

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.”

ISC 2017 Wrapup by the Numbers

Today the ISC Group announced that their 2017 ISC High Performance conference drew a record 3,253 attendees from 60 countries. The attendance represented a 5.2 percent increase compared to last year’s event.

Radio Free HPC Runs Down the Latest TOP500

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the latest TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers. It’s Day 1 here at the ISC 2017 conference, and we’ll be keeping you posted on all the news as the show goes June 18-22 in Frankfurt, Germany.

10 Things Not to Miss at ISC 2017 in Frankfurt

In this special guest feature, Kim McMahon checks in from Frankfurt to give us a preview of ISC 2017. There is much in store this week, so be sure not to miss a beat!

Radio Free HPC Does the Day-by-Day Preview of ISC 2017

In this Radio Free HPC podcast, Rich gives us a day-by-day preview of the upcoming ISC 2017 conference. The event takes place June 18-22 in Frankfurt, Germany. “ISC High Performance focuses on HPC technological development and its application in scientific fields, as well as its adoption in commercial environments. In 2017 we offer you 13 fascinating HPC topics grouped under three categories: systems, applications, and emerging topics. All topics will be addressed in different power-packed sessions. The ISC tutorials, workshops and the exhibition will complement these sessions.”

Video: Previewing the ISC 2017 Student Cluster Competition

“In a real-time challenge, 12 teams of six undergraduate students will build a small cluster of their own design on the ISC exhibit floor and race to demonstrate the greatest performance across a series of benchmarks and applications. The students will have a unique opportunity to learn, experience and demonstrate how high-performance computing influence our world and day-to-day learning.”

Radio Free HPC Reviews the ASC17 Student Cluster Competition

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team reviews the results from the ASC17 Student Cluster Competition finals in Wuxi, China. “As the world’s largest supercomputing competition, ASC17 received applications from 230 universities around the world, 20 of which got through to the final round held this week at the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi after the qualifying rounds. During the final round, the university student teams were required to independently design a supercomputing system under the precondition of a limited 3000W power consumption.”

Sixteen Teams to Compete in SC17 Student Cluster Competition

Today SC17 announced that 16 teams will take part in the Student Cluster Competition. Hailing from across the U.S., as well as Asia and Europe, the student teams will race to build HPC clusters and run a full suite of applications in the space of just a few days.

SC17 Student Cluster Competition Continues Push for Reproducibility

“The SCC reproducibility program is part of a wider effort to encourage authors submitting papers to the conference to voluntarily complete an appendix to their paper that described the details of their software environment and computational experiments to the extent that an independent person could replicate their results.”