For the first time in student cluster competition history, a hometown team has won the Overall Championship award. The team, from China’s Huazhong University of Science and Technology, captured the crown at the recently concluded Asia Supercomputer Community 2016 Student Cluster Competition.
This win earns them a berth in the upcoming International Supercomputer Conference 2016 cluster competition and the chance to compete with 11 other teams for the ISC Championship. They also get to take home a sweet 100,000 RMB prize (worth about $15,300 US). Continue reading
Excitement reigned at the Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge as Zhejiang University set a new student LINPACK record with 12.03 TFlop/s.
With this result, they eclipsed the previous record of 10.78 TFlop/s set by Jamia Millia Islamia University (JMI) at last year’s ISC’15 competition.
Here’s a historical chart of past student cluster competition LINPACK records… Continue reading
The first task that students have to perform at the ASC16 Student Cluster Competition is to run the venerable HPL and newish HPCG benchmarks. HPL, also known as LINPACK, is a routine that measures floating point performance and is the basis for the TOP500 list. HPCG solves a 3D sparse matrix linear system using the conjugate gradient method. It’s much more of a real-world test of the demands that today’s applications put on systems. Continue reading
We’ve saved the biggest for last in our round-up of the Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge competitors. All of the teams below are driving clusters with more than nine nodes, most with several GPU accelerators. They’re definitely power hungry beasts, which will require the teams to apply heavy throttling in order to stay under the 3,000 watt power cap. Let’s take a look at the teams… Continue reading
Four teams in the Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge decided to stake out the middle ground in the competition with clusters that aren’t too small and aren’t too big. Is their “just right” approach going to get them into the winners’ circle at ASC16? Let’s meet the teams and see what they’re packing… Continue reading
Although the teams in the ASC16 Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge are all using the same Inspur-provided gear, there’s a LOT of variety in what they built. Cluster sizes in this competition range from three to twelve nodes, with anywhere from zero to eight accelerators.
Let’s meet the teams who believe that smaller is better when it comes to cluster competitions. Continue reading
The Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC) is the closest thing to true stock car racing that you’ll find on the Student Cluster Competition international circuit.
At the ASC, you drive nodes that are supplied by major sponsor Inspur, with only limited configurability.
Each of the teams below are using nearly identical basic nodes, each equipped with dual 10-core Xeon processors, and 128 GB of RAM (although one team took out some RAM to save power), and Mellanox Infiniband FDR interconnects.
But there are some big differences, as you can see on the chart below. Continue reading
The largest student cluster competition in the known world kicked off Monday in Wuhan (or Woohan! as I call it), China. Sixteen teams representing universities from China, South America, the US, and Europe are participating in the fifth annual Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge.
This competition just gets bigger and bigger. Continue reading
Do you want to secure a place in HPC history? One route would be to singlehandedly design and implement an exascale supercomputer, a task most would categorize as “hard.”
But an easier route is to participate in the various Student Cluster Competitions that take place around the world. At SCCs, undergraduate student teams build their own HPC clusters and compete live against other universities to see which cluster offers the best performance. Continue reading
Four teams from Asian universities entered the ISC’15 Student Cluster Competition arena in a bid to do glorious cluster combat and chisel their names into HPC history. Who are these brave students? Where do they come from? What do they want?
Team India: Liquid cooled screamer
The kids from Jamia Millia Islamia brought some real firepower to their first Student Cluster Competition. While most of the teams are driving 6-8 node hybrid systems, Team India is styling and profiling with a four-node, 8 K40 GPU cluster that, with the addition of liquid cooling, should be able to really scream on some of the applications.
That’s as long as the drivers of said screaming cluster know how to drive it efficiently.