As part of our continuing coverage of the most exciting events in the computer sporting world, Student Cluster Competitions, we like to meet each team individually.
Through the miracle of video, we can share these conversations with you, the cluster competition aficionados. Use these interviews to help you get to know the teams, their strategies, and to see if you can see the fire in their eyes and the hunger in their souls. This will help you do a lot better in your office betting pools. Continue reading
The tension is rising at the ISC’17 Student Cluster Competition being held this week in Frankfurt, Germany. Eleven university teams are vying for the coveted Ultimate Champion award, the Highest LINPACK award, and the Fan Favorite Prize.
Eleven teams at the ISC’17 Student Cluster Competition will go head to head live in glamorous Frankfurt, Germany, this week. Yep, this one goes to 11.
For those few of you who aren’t slavishly following these contests, here’s a quick explanation. Continue reading
Some people are afraid of public speaking; others fear spiders or snakes. Still others fear having to put together and benchmark high performance computing clusters in front of thousands of spectators and a worldwide audience of millions online.
Are you in that camp? If you are, then you have a lot in common with competitors in the Student Cluster Competitions. Continue reading
We’re only a few weeks away from the 6th annual ISC Student Cluster Competition, and student cluster aficionados worldwide are gearing up to watch the battle. ISC Cluster Competition Tai-Pan Pak Lui and I shot a video at SC16 in which we unveiled the teams for the ISC event; you can watch it below. Continue reading
Tsinghua University topped their 19 competitors to take home the Overall Championship trophy at the recent ASC17 Student Cluster Competition in Wuxi, China. Continue reading
As these ASC17 articles started to hit The Register, a couple of comments indicated that some readers might be missing the point of these student cluster competitions:
“So the newcomers won because they had two more NVIDIA GPUs installed. Who would have thought?”
“Gosh, I wonder how they can do better next year?”
“….the competition would be mostly about deferring your purchasing decisions until the last minute (to get the shiniest new things in your box), so what’s the point?” Continue reading
As a cluster competition starts to wind down and deadlines are close, I like to do a video check in with the teams to see how they’re doing. Usually they’re either very relaxed or very nervous.
The relaxed ones either know where they stand and whether they’re in or out of the competition for first place or one of the other prizes. The nervous ones aren’t sure exactly where they are in terms of the other teams and they’re anxious to get one more application run in before the final horn.
Keep this in mind as you view the following videos. For the most part, they’re just a minute or two per team, but they’re very instructive as to how the team feels about their chances. Continue reading
Yet another record has fallen at the ASC17 Student Cluster Competition. This time, it’s the HPCG (Conjugate Gradient) mark. Little known Weifang University, who also set a new student LINPACK record, notched a score of 992.333 GFLOP/s, handily topping the rest of the field. Continue reading
With 20 university teams, ASC17 is the largest student cluster competition in the world. So it’s only natural that this story, which will give you a chance to meet the teams via video, will be the longest student cluster competition story in history.
In the videos, we’re talking to the kids on the first day of the competition. You’ll see essentially three separate moods in the videos:
- Giddy optimism: everything is still possible, and the road to victory is ahead of them.
- Guarded optimism: they’ve seen enough to know that this competition is really tough, and they’re now a bit more wary. Still optimistic, but they know it’s going to be a slog to cross the finish line.
- Depression/resignation: the team has seen some problems and knows that they’ve fallen behind. While they still might be able to catch up, reality is sinking in, and they’re starting to become philosophical about the experience.