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Computer sports battle in Seattle: A punter's guide

Who takes cluster crown? You tell us

By Dan Olds, Gabriel Consulting

Posted in SC 2011, 3rd November 2011 16:01 GMT

SC11 The 2011 Student Cluster Challenge (SCC), the premier event in computer sports, is heading toward Seattle like an out-of-control, rocket-powered freight train. Eight teams of university students are getting ready to travel to SC11 to prove that their clusters can wring more processing out of 26 amps than those of their rivals.

The tension is mounting as the teams ship their systems to Seattle in preparation for the 12 November kickoff. The pressure is also mounting on handicappers, who are trying to get a feel for the field this year prior to setting up betting lines.

There are lots of intriguing matchups, and plenty of angles for bettors to figure before laying their money down. The odds listed below are the opening odds – they’ll change over time as we get closer to kickoff.

At the competition, the Overall Winner and the team posting the highest LINPACK score are recognised. The Overall Winner is the prize that everyone is chasing.

What will change them? You will. You can put some virtual money where your mouth is by ‘betting’ on which team is going to have the highest LINPACK number and which team will take the overall prize. Click on this link to let us know how you think it’ll turn out. The odds below are the early results from a handful of insiders and degenerate gamblers, so they’ll definitely change over time.

But first, whether you’re a wise guy or just a punter, you need to know what you’re doing if you’re going to bet the SCC. With that in mind, I’m providing a quick breakdown on the 2011 SCC field, starting with the teams that are returning from last year ...

Rounding out the field of eight are three teams that have earned their way to the big dance for the first time.

Sure, some sporting events (the Superbowl, the World Cup, March Madness) have a larger betting handle; but with your participation, the SCC will become a favorite of the wagering crowd. Put down your hard-earned virtual cash here. ®