SC10 Now Accepting Submissions for the Student Cluster Competition
Competition Provides Unique Venue to Showcase HPC Student All-Stars

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana - March 11, 2010 - SC10, the premier international conference on high-performance computing, networking, storage and analysis, will hold the fourth annual Student Cluster Competition at this year’s meeting held in New Orleans, LA from November 13-19, 2010. The Student Cluster Competition is the high-performance computing community’s Olympic event showcasing supercomputing’s young talent.

In this real-time, non-stop 46-hour challenge, teams of six undergraduate or high school students design and assemble a small cluster on the SC exhibit floor and race to complete the greatest number of applications runs. The added catch is that teams will be required to run workloads on the same power needed to run only three coffee makers.

Team preparation, prior to the competition, includes working with supervisors and vendor partners to design and build a cutting-edge cluster from commercially available components, that does not exceed the 26 amp power limit, and to learn the predetermined HPC applications.

After the starting gun at SC10, teams will compete to achieve the best HPCC benchmark performance and maximum throughput of accurate applications runs, all while remaining at or below their energy budget. Teams also compete to impress SC participants and judges with visualizations, presentations, and interviews. The team from Stony Brook University, NY, won the SC09 Student Cluster Competition, sponsored by AMD, Dell and Mellanox Technologies.

"Cluster computing has arrived and is now an important part of computing science curriculums at leading universities," said Brent Gorda, deputy for Advanced Technology at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and originator of the competition. "The participants are the future rock stars of HPC. By showcasing the work of these students, we are seeding the computing community with new talent."

Applications for the competition opened Feb. 1 and are available at: The deadline for submissions is April 16. Over the last four years, the competition has drawn teams from around the world, including Canada, Germany and Taiwan.

"Not only does the cluster challenge showcase some of the best young talent in HPC," said Tiki Suarez-Brown, co-chair of this year’s competition, "The competition serves to demonstrate that cluster computing is making HPC more accessible to smaller companies, businesses and educational institutions. Ultimately the cluster challenge is a win for students and the institutions they represent, sponsors and cluster computing itself."

The Student Cluster Competition is part of SC Communities, which brings together programs designed to support emerging leaders and groups that have traditionally been under-represented in computing. This program provides opportunities for students, faculty, early-career professionals, and international attendees to participate in the SC Conference through our Ambassadors, Broader Engagement, Education Program, Student Cluster Competition, and Student Volunteers activities. Limited travel support is available for some of these programs; we encourage you to apply. Applications are opening soon for our Broader Engagement, Education, and Student Volunteer Programs.

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