Crank up the caffeine for ISC Student Cluster Competition 2017

What you need to know, HPC competitors

By Dan Olds, OrionX

Posted in HPC, 7th June 2017 03:08 GMT

HPC Blog Some people are afraid of public speaking, others fear spiders or snakes. Still others fear having to put together and benchmark high performance computing clusters in front of thousands of spectators and a worldwide audience of millions online.

Are you in that camp? If you are, then you have a lot in common with competitors in the Student Cluster Competitions.

The ISC High Performance 2017 competition will be kicking off on June 19 in Frankfurt, Germany. Eleven teams will be competing to see which one has put together the best system and optimized the benchmarks and scientific applications to run faster than a cheetah on speed.

So what should the competitors be doing before the event? How should they be training? What should they do when they arrive at the site of the competition? And how should they ensure that their systems and software are delivering the utmost?

To answer these questions and more, I interviewed Carolyn Pasti, CEO of RedLine Performance Solutions. RedLine specializes in integrating, managing, and performance-tuning HPC clusters for large organizations.

She and her team of engineers have decades of experience in doing everything to make an HPC system run reliably and, as importantly, crank through workloads like a hot soldiering iron cutting through butter.

For student cluster competition teams, this is vital information that they need to know. But it's also very good info for anyone who has to stand up a cluster and tune applications to provide maximum performance. Check out the video below to get the details.

I packaged up the interview in this handy webcast format and am now presenting it to you like the Glenngarry leads. (If you're missing the reference, here's a Youtube clip of the most famous scene, which includes some harsh language; be warned).

So put that coffee down and pay attention. Coffee is for clusterers only. ®

Sign up to our NewsletterGet IT in your inbox daily

Post a comment

More from The Register

Huawei's 4-socket HPC blade server gruntbox gets Skylake mills

Beefier grunts from Chipzilla's latest and greatest

Want to know more about HPC apps? This explicit vid has some answers

HPC Blog Page through this profiler...

Stephen Hawking's boffin buds buy HPE HPC to ogle universe

But can COSMOS find a way to improve HPE profits? Hmmm

HPE gets carried array with HPC: Partners up with DDN

+Comment High-performance servers get data-pumping storage arrays

HPE teases HPC punters with scalable gear

No you can't have full specs or pricing until next month

Teen Pennsylvania HPC storage pusher Panasas: Small files, fat nodes, sharp blades

Analysis Not your average Silicon Valley startup kid

Love cloudy HPC? Microsoft does, slurps Cycle Computing

CPU-wrangler found fame on EC2, becomes Azure business

Ah, breathe that fresh alpine air. And look over there, a majestic HPC Advisory Council

HPC Blog Beastmode crew hosts three-day conference in Lugano, Switzerland

UK splurges £20m on six regional HPC centres

Why? For science!

ARM buys HPC software specialist Allinea to help devs code good

If Intel and IBM think HPC is a two-horse race, they need to think again