There was some time for fun at the recently concluded SC16 Student Cluster Competition. Fortunately for us, right next to where the competition was held stood the SUSE booth, which was equipped with a great VR “space pirate” shooter. This, of course, captured our students’ attention – particularly one from Team Munich.
He went ahead and organized a challenge between the teams: one representative for each team will battle the pirates to the death. Even better, he worked with SUSE to get a time when the teams could compete head-to-head. Continue reading
Student teams at SC16 were faced with a new(ish) benchmark during their 48-hour marathon run for the Student Cluster Competition Cup (there is no actual cup). The teams have always run the HPL (LINPACK) program, which is used to rank the TOP500 supercomputers in the world. But this year, they’re also running the “book-end” HPCG (High Performance Conjugate Gradient) benchmark. Continue reading
SMERSH! That was the sound of the Student Cluster Competition LINPACK record being shattered – in a huge way. How huge? Really huge. As in more than doubled. Continue reading
So who are the kids competing in the SC16 Student Cluster Competition this year? What are their hopes, their dreams – what makes them tick? Why did they travel all the way to Salt Lake City to chase the Cluster Crown? (There is no actual crown, but there should be, right?)
In these videos, we get to know the kids and get a personal feel for each of the teams. Sort of like the Olympics when they do the “up-close-and-personal” features – but with lower production values, 40 per cent less tedium, and no weepy back stories. Continue reading
This is the most widely varied and exciting set of student cluster competition systems I’ve seen since the competition began ten years ago. We have fourteen different teams and fourteen different takes on which system configuration is best suited to take on the applications in this year’s competition. Continue reading
The tenth annual Student Cluster Competition kicked off Monday at the SC16 conference here in Salt Lake City, Utah. This is a competition for the ages, with some wildly divergent hardware configurations, more teams than ever before (14), plus some special features that are sure to throw the budding HPCers for a loop. Continue reading
The results are in for the International Supercomputing Conference High Performance (ISC) 2016 Student Cluster Competition, and we’ve analyzed them senseless.
First, the big headlines: the ever-plucky Team South Africa won their third ISC Student Cluster Competition championship last week at ISC’16. Team Tsinghua was following closely behind the South Africans but had to settle for second place. Team Shanghai finished in third, with Team USTC nipping at their heels from fourth place. Continue reading
One of the most interesting parts of the ISC Student Cluster competitions is their inclusion of “mystery” applications and tasks. These are challenges that the students can’t prepare for. They can only rely on their training and wits to bring them through. Continue reading
The ISC (International Supercomputing Conference) Student Cluster Competition once again cements its reputation as the place where LINPACK records go to fall. Last week we saw not one, but two teams top the current 12.03 TFLOPS record that was established at the ASC16 spring competition. Continue reading
It’s time for our traditional video look at each of the teams in the ISC High Performance 2016 Student Cluster Competition. Where to begin? Let’s take it alphabetically this time… Continue reading