Cluster-grappling kids clash: Battle of the Big Iron in the Big Easy

Bring your HPC weapons to the Mississippi

Mississippi River Lock and Dam number 7 with the I-90 Mississippi River bridge downstream. Image: Public Domain

HPC Blog Two hundred years after the first Battle of New Orleans*, we saw the third, and perhaps most important, tussle the city has ever seen. I am, of course, referring to the SC14 Student Cluster Competition (here's a quick guide on how the youngsters' HPC battles work).

This is the seventh time that university students have battled each other to see which team can field a cluster that can dominate all others – while staying under the 3,000 Watt power cap.

The field this year was the biggest “Big Iron” face-off in SC competition history – and also the most varied. Twelve teams from seven countries brought their best to New Orleans and all had high hopes of snagging either the Highest LINPACK or coveted Overall Champion titles.

As usual, we saw a wide variety of systems and configurations from the student teams. Here’s the big picture:

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Next page: Here are the teams

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