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Revealed: This year's STUDENT RACK WARS winner

HPC blog While I had posted detailed results of the ISC’14 Summer Cluster Slam (here and here), I just realized that I had neglected to put out the final standings and analysis. This makes me an idiot. (Well, not only this, there are a lot of other things that contribute to that assessment as well.) First the big surprise: Team South …
Dan Olds, 23 Dec 2014
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Student claims code flaw spotting got him expelled from college

A Canadian computer science student is claiming he was expelled after identifying a gaping security hole in administrative software his college was using. Ahmed Al-Khabaz, a 20 year-old student at Dawson College in Montreal, told the National Post that he and a friend had been developing a mobile app for students to access …
Iain Thomson, 21 Jan 2013
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Uni plagiarism site buckles under crush of last-minute essays

Student-sniffing site Turnitin went down in the UK for 24 hours over Monday and yesterday, leaving last-minute essays piled up in the plagiarism spotter's inbox. Turnitin is a software service that checks through student essays for instances of plagiarism based on searches over the net, and some universities now require …

Free cluster for a good cause

Silicon Mechanics, a mid-sized manufacturer of rackmount servers, clusters, and storage arrays, is celebrating its 10th birthday by giving away a lot of stuff. First, the company did a great job sponsoring Boston University in this month's SC11 Student Cluster Competition in Seattle (SCC11). Fueled by Silicon Mechanics gear, …
Dan Olds, 28 Nov 2011

SCC11: final results banquet, winners feted

The official results of the Student Cluster Competition were revealed at the lavish SC11 Awards Gala, a luncheon held at the Seattle Sheraton. I was a little put out that I wasn’t invited for the lunch, but felt better after I got a good whiff of it. Besides, I was busy working to find exactly the right position from which to …
Dan Olds, 22 Nov 2011
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SCC11: LINPACK results released

The results from the LINPACK portion of the Student Cluster Competition in Seattle have been released. This brief (barely three minute) video reveals all, including a short discussion of the LINPACK rules, the winner, individual team results, and the last odds as voted by Register readers. Knowledgeable readers who made their …
Dan Olds, 16 Nov 2011

SCC11: Meet the Purdue Boilermakers

Team vid Purdue is one of two teams that’s participated in the SC11 Student Cluster Competition (SCC) since its inception. They’re a solid team with a half-n-half mixture of rookies and SCC veterans. This year they’re bringing the typical workmanlike Purdue attitude to the competition – along with a plethora of traditional HPC gear. …
Dan Olds, 15 Nov 2011
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SCC11: Meet the Colorado Buffaloes

Team vid The University of Colorado Buffalo team has competed at every Student Cluster Competition – this is year six. The 2011 team is packed with veterans; almost every member has been to the big cluster dance before. Team Buffalo is driving 16-core AMD Interlagos processors perched on four Dell quad-socket server chassis. Their 256 …
Dan Olds, 15 Nov 2011

SCC11: Meet Team Texas

Team vid What can you say about the University of Texas Longhorns that they haven’t already said about themselves? They’ve got swagger for sure, and their LINPACK-topping success in 2010 showed that they can back up at least part of it. The Longhorns have brought the most attention-grabbing entry in Student Cluster Competition history …
Dan Olds, 15 Nov 2011

SCC11: Meet Team Taiwan

Team vid The team from Taiwan's National Tsing Hua University is on a mission: to become the first university to repeat as Student Cluster Competition champions. The team in Seattle this year is almost entirely new, but they have the same coach and have been mentored by their predecessors from the 2010 championship team. They've added a …
Dan Olds, 15 Nov 2011
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SCC11: Meet Team Russia

Team Russia, representing the State University of Nizhny Novgorod, is returning to the Student Cluster Competition for the second time. The team is again going with a hybrid approach, mixing Xeon CPUs (84 cores) and as many as 12 NVIDIA Tesla GPUs. I use the term ‘as many as’ due to the fact that they’ll probably end up …
Dan Olds, 15 Nov 2011

SCC11: Meet Team Costa Rica

Team vid Team Costa Rica is another first-time entrant in the 2011 Student Cluster Competition in Seattle. Their official name is Tecnológico de Costa Rica, but to me they’re the Rainforest Eagles, and they’ve earned respect for not only representing their entire region but for the hardships they overcame to make it to the SCC. The …
Dan Olds, 15 Nov 2011
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SCC11: Meet Team China

Team Vid China’s NUDT (National University of Defense Technology) shocked the world in 2010 when it unveiled the fastest supercomputer known to man, the 1.86 Pflop Tianhe-1A. It came out of nowhere and caught the entire industry by surprise. Team China, sponsored by NUDT, is hoping to do much the same thing at this year’s SC11 Student …
Dan Olds, 15 Nov 2011

SCC11: Meet the Boston U Terriers

Team vid Boston U has brought more than a taste for clam chowder to the 2011 Student Cluster Competition in Seattle; they also brought more hardware heft than anyone else. Their four-node, dual-socket AMD Interlagos-based cluster has a grand total of 336 cores – 80 more than the next two teams. But they didn’t stop there. They also …
Dan Olds, 15 Nov 2011
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Mineral oil, GPUs and thousands of cores

SC11 The hardware configurations for the 2011 SC Student Cluster Competition in Seattle have been released, and there are quite a few surprises. First, the most surprising surprise: the University of Texas Longhorn team has brought the first liquid cooled system to the big dance. They’ve teamed up with Green Revolution to put …
Dan Olds, 14 Nov 2011
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Apps chomp for Student Cluster Comp

SC11 In this Register HPC channel webcast, we talk to Doug Fuller, a computational scientist at Oak Ridge National Lab, who's chairing the SC11 Student Cluster Competition. This takes place in Seattle in November. We talk about how this competition is really a test of the real-world skills that HPC managers use daily. The students …
Dan Olds, 4 Apr 2011

SCC results: Taiwan wins overall crown

SC10 The Student Cluster Competition high performance computing (HPC) marathon of 2010 is over. The final results were turned in Wednesday evening, the data examined by expert judges, and winners were announced at the SC10 awards luncheon on Thursday afternoon. Unfortunately, I had to travel to another meeting and couldn’t attend ( …
Dan Olds, 22 Nov 2010

SCC after dark: Clustering all night long

SC10 Last week the fourth annual Student Cluster Competition was held at SC10 in New Orleans. Teams from eight universities brought their own self-designed and built clusters to the show, re-assembled them, and raced to complete a set of benchmarks and workloads in the quickest time. The Register's resident HPC analyst Dan Olds was …
Dan Olds, 22 Nov 2010

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