Articles about student cluster competition

Cluster-wrestling kids pimp their HPC rides in Frankfurt

HPC Blog Eleven teams at the ISC17 Student Cluster Competition will go head to head live in glamorous Frankfurt, Germany, this week. Yep, this one goes to 11. For those few of you who aren't slavishly following these contests, here's a quick explanation. A student cluster competition is where teams of undergrads design their own …
Dan Olds, 19 Jun 2017

Crank up the caffeine for ISC Student Cluster Competition 2017

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 …
Dan Olds, 7 Jun 2017
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Boffins of the future gear up to build their own beastmode rigs

HPC Blog The tenth annual Student Cluster Competition kicked off Monday at the SC16 conference here in Salt Lake City, Utah. This is a competition for the ages, with some wildly divergent hardware configurations, more teams than ever before at a SC competition (14), plus some special features that are sure to throw the budding HPCers for …
Dan Olds, 15 Nov 2016
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Cluster-grappling kids clash: Battle of the Big Iron in the Big Easy

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 …
Dan Olds, 28 Jan 2015

Brazilian whacks fast pipes on racks – and more in our student video special

HPC Blog ASC14 logo Welcome to the second batch of video profiles of the sixteen university teams competing for supercomputing glory at the ASC14 student cluster-building competition. China’s NUDT (National University of Defense Technology) is another team that could take home the ASC14 cluster crown and cash. (There’s no real crown, …
Dan Olds, 4 Jun 2014
Cray Mongolian cluster

Supercomputer maker Cray: Jobs for HPC kids? There might be some going

HPC blog There are some teens and kids in their twenties who skip out on university courses for a trip abroad with their friends, where they spend days and nights chugging down (caffeine) brew, losing sleep and wrestling with, er, clusters. But this isn't necessarily a bad thing... In fact, it could mean that they'll one day work at …
Dan Olds, 24 Feb 2014

Excited students, $2,500, quivering racks and dreams of glory

SCC 2013 The new "Commodity Track" of the upcoming SC13 Student Cluster Competition has hit a chord with cluster competition aficionados worldwide and Register readers alike. I laid out the terms of this competition in a recent story, and plenty of you weighed in with recommendations on how these kids could get the most HPC bang out of …
Dan Olds, 5 Nov 2013
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How were your hols, cluster kids? Oh, partied, studied... did we mention WE BUILT DRONES

HPC blog Among the five teams who will be defending America’s Big Iron honour at the upcoming Student Cluster Competition (SCC) are a few students who skipped the keg parties to, er, build, fly, program and optimise the performance of unmanned aerial vehicles. These students will do battle, beginning on 18 November at the SC13 …
Dan Olds, 16 Oct 2013

Students schlep from afar to join the quest for international HPC glory

SCC'13 Three teams of students will be jetting in from overseas to enter this year's Student Cluster Competition, due to kick off on November 18 at the annual SC13 Supercomputing Conference.</p? The teams will be competing in the Big Iron division where undergraduate students design, build, and tune their very own HPC clusters. They’ …
Dan Olds, 14 Oct 2013
Team Tsinghua, Overall Winners at the ISC 2012 Student Cluster Competition

Students prep for battle of wits, MIPs and watts: It's student cluster-wrestling time

SCC'13 The countdown is on. Twelve university teams are preparing for another epic battle at the student cluster-wrestling match, the SC13 Student Cluster Competition (SCC). The gig will take place during the 2013 Supercomputing Conference in Denver, Colorado, beginning 18 November. The teams will compete on the SC13 exhibition hall …
Dan Olds, 11 Oct 2013

Red-hot students, an all-day romp and an £11,000 bonanza

ASC'13 Red-hot cluster-building students from Tsinghua University in Beijing stepped up their already high-level game - and took two of the three awards up for grabs at the inaugural Asia Student Cluster Challenge (ASC’13) finals last week in Shanghai. ASC’13 is the first leg in 2013’s Student Cluster Competition Triple Crown - a …
Dan Olds, 30 Apr 2013

ISC 2012: China's 'Pop Idols' seek Klusterkamph glory

ISC 2012 Video The Tsinghua University team (profile here) didn’t take the easy route to the ISC 2012 Student Cluster Competition in Hamburg. They had to fight their way in a Pop Idols-style smackdown along with five other universities, which all competed to carry the Chinese flag in an intra-country play-in round. Tsinghua won that …
Dan Olds, 27 Jun 2012

ISC cluster smackdown: Students whip out their tools

HPC blog The final system configurations for the ISC 2012 Student Cluster Challenge have been locked down and can now be revealed. For the ISC inaugural event, we’re seeing a lot of sameness but a few key differences. On the "sameness" side, every team is sporting various flavours of Intel Sandy Bridge processors, with speeds ranging …
Dan Olds, 20 Jun 2012

HPC student cluster WAR begins

SC11 The ultimate competition for student techies has begun. To be more precise, the starting gate is in sight: submissions for the 2011 Student Cluster Competition (SCC) are now open. The SCC is the ultimate challenge – pitting student teams against hardware, software, electricity, heat - and each other. This year, the SCC …
Dan Olds, 10 Mar 2011

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