SC17 is excited to hold another nail-biting Student Cluster Competition, or SCC, now in its eleventh year, as an opportunity to showcase student expertise in a friendly yet spirited competition. Held as part of SC17’s Students@SC, the Student Cluster Competition is designed to introduce the next generation of students to the high-performance computing community. Over the years, the competition has drawn teams from around the United States and around the world.
The Student Cluster Competition is an HPC multi-disciplinary experience integrated within the HPC community’s biggest gathering, the Supercomputing Conference. The competition is a microcosm of a modern HPC center that teaches and inspires students to pursue careers in the field. It demonstrates the breadth of skills, technologies and science that it takes to build, maintain and utilize a supercomputer. In this real-time, non-stop, 48-hour challenge, teams of undergraduate and/or high school students assemble a small cluster on the exhibit floor and race to complete a real-world workload across a series of applications and impress HPC industry judges. An overview video is available below:
Teams of six students each are selected via a team proposal process described here. The selected teams work with their advisor and vendor partners to design and build a cutting-edge, commercially available cluster constrained by the 3000-watt power limit. This cluster should be designed to accommodate a variety of HPC workflows. Workflows may range from being limited by CPU performance to being memory bandwidth limited to I/O intensive.
Web Submissions Open: January 16th, 2017
Submissions Deadline: April 7th, 2017 (23:59PM AoE)
Acceptance Notification: April 28th, 2017
Team Submissions: click here
Email Contact: email@example.com
Frequently updated information about the competition details, rules and information about starting a team can be found by clicking here.
The SCC is funded by the SC conference and by generous sponsors who understand the importance of building the next generation of HPC. If you are interested in supporting the SCC please contact us. Support levels range from $5,000 to $25,000 and offer a variety of benefits.