Feeds

Meet the cluster teams: Team Quokka and Team Germany

First Look at SC13 Aussie and German teams

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

HPC blog We had a couple more first time teams competing in the Student Cluster Competition at SC13 in Denver last week. These two teams traveled overseas in an attempt to grab cluster glory and haul it back home. ('Cluster glory' will comfortably fit in the overhead bin on most airplanes.)

Team Quokka: This is the nickname for Australia's first entry into the world of international cluster competition. A quokka is essentially a Kangaroo Rat that's about the size of a house cat.

Watch Video

The team was put together by Western Australia's iVEC, a consortium of WA universities and other organizations dedicated to increasing HPC skills and resources in the region.

The team has a stuffed example of their mascot, dubbed Happy Cheeks, that has been prominently featured in the their steady stream of Facebook and Twitter posts.

In this video, they ply us with Tim-Tams and demonstrate their implementation of Pong while telling us about their hardware and unique file management system. We also learn that the team is sponsored by a diverse set of organizations ranging from SGI, Mellanox, and NVIDIA to mining giant Rio Tinto.

Happy Cheeks looks on somewhat impassively, but the students seem quite enthused.

Team Germany hails from Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.

As can be seen in the video, I have no chance at pronouncing the name of their university correctly and need to rely on one of the team members to give it the "Full German" treatment.

Watch Video

We also discuss their hardware selections - it's a GPU-heavy configuration, and how their low idle power consumption makes them the 'greenist' team in the Big Iron track of the competition.

You'll notice that the table in front of the team is lined with cute cat pictures from the web. Yeah, this gave me pause too. It just isn't proper fare at a supercomputer comference, right? But the team has an explanation, see if it works for you. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
It's Big, it's Blue... it's simply FABLESS! IBM's chip-free future
Or why the reversal of globalisation ain't gonna 'appen
IBM storage revenues sink: 'We are disappointed,' says CEO
Time to put the storage biz up for sale?
'Hmm, why CAN'T I run a water pipe through that rack of media servers?'
Leaving Las Vegas for Armenia kludging and Dubai dune bashing
Microsoft and Dell’s cloud in a box: Instant Azure for the data centre
A less painful way to run Microsoft’s private cloud
Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt
Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew!
Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First
But - dammit - It would be insane to say 'don't collect, because NSA'
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.