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Student Cluster Competition

SC10 Student Cluster Competition (SCC) Results

The SC10 Student Cluster Competition, was fierce - fingers and minds whirring tirelessly - but it was not a cutthroat scene of bloody mayhem, rather the epitome of a community coming together to push each other to do their best. The camaraderie between the student teams was inspiring and the outpouring of support from the sponsors and vendor community to reach out to the next generation of HPC was reassuring that we are investing in the future.

Although we consider all of the teams to be winners for their valiant efforts, there are of course the official winners. And they are (drum roll please)...

SCC Overall Winner:

National Tsing Hua University partnered with Acer Inc., Tatung Company, and NCHC for the highest aggregate score in the HPCC benchmark, throughput and correctness of the four real-world applications, and interviews.


The University of Texas at Austin partnered with Dell and TACC for the highest HPL value (1.07 TFlops) in an HPCC run while staying within the 26 Amp constrained power limit.
** This is the first year for any SCC team to break a teraflop! Actually, we had three teams join the Teraflop Club, with Louisiana State University and National Tsing Hua University joining the University of Texas.

SCC Fan Favorite:

University of Colorado at Boulder partnering with Dell, AMD, Mellanox and FusionIO through the HPC Advisory Council received the most votes from SC10 attendees for their all around coolness.

The Student Cluster Competition (SCC) showcases the computational impact of clusters and open source software in the hands of motivated and sleep-deprived students under both a time and power constraint. Uh, no pressure…

During SC10, teams consisting of six students, undergraduate and/or high school, will showcase the amazing power of clusters and the ability to utilize open source software to solve interesting and important problems. They will compete in real-time on the exhibit floor to run a workload of real-world applications on clusters of their own design while never exceeding the dictated power limit.

Prior to the competition, teams work with their advisor and vendor partners to design and build a cutting-edge commercially available small cluster constrained by the 26 amps available during the conference. Teams must also learn the four open source competition applications and are encouraged to enlist the help of domain specialists.

During SC10 in New Orleans, teams will assemble, test and tune their machines and run the HPCC benchmarks until the starting bell rings on Monday night at the Exhibit Opening Gala where they will be given the competition data sets. In full view of conference attendees, teams will execute the prescribed workload while showing progress and science visualization output on large high-resolution displays in their areas. Teams race to correctly complete the greatest number of application runs during the competition period until the close of the exhibit floor on Wednesday evening.

The showcase portion of the competition, allows teams to spin their wheels and show off what they’ve learned and what they can do with the equipment. Veteran HPC experts will be present to judge the visualizations and to interview each team on their cluster and application knowledge.

The winning team will be awarded based on a combined score for workload completed, benchmark performance, and interviews & outreach. Recognition will be given for the highest LINPACK and SC Fan Favorite. The winning team will be recognized at the SC10 Awards Ceremony luncheon on Thursday.

SCC Teams

Choosing just 8 teams from the large number of qualified applicants to come to the final showdown in New Orleans was difficult. The competing teams for the SC10 Student Cluster Competition span the globe and the United States. We're excited to announce the 8 teams to compete at SC10!

• National Tsing Hua University (Hsinchu, Taiwan) + Acer Incorporated, Tatung Company, and National Center for High-Performance Computing (NCHC)
• Nizhni Novgorod State University (Nizhni Novgorod, Russia) + IBM, Microsoft, nVidia, and PGI
• Florida A&M University (Florida, USA) + Atlantic Computer, LLC (HP Partner for Higher Education)
• Louisiana State University (Louisiana, USA) + HP and LATG, Mellanox, PGI, Adaptive Computing
• University of Colorado (Colorado, USA) + Dell, AMD, Mellanox, and FusionIO through the HPC Advisory Council
• The University of Texas at Austin (Texas, USA) + Dell
• Purdue University (Indiana, USA) + HP and AMD
• Stony Brook University (New York, USA) + Cray, Inc.

SCC Supporters

The Student Cluster Competition is only partially funded by the SC conference. To make this competition possible, that fosters HPC education development by providing an intense hands-on experience to high school and undergraduate students throughout the year, we rely on partnership funding from SCC Supporters. We gratefully acknowledge the generous contributions of the following organizations:

• Bank of America Merrill Lynch
• Lockheed Martin
• Corning
• Cray
• LexisNexis
• P&G
• DataDirect Networks
• Whamcloud
• Myricom

The SCC organizing committee would like to thank the vendor partners for their time, expertise, hardware, funding, and dedication to working with student teams. Their investment towards developing the next generation of HPC is truly inspiring.

SCC wiki:


Interview podcast concerning S10 Student Cluster Challenge and how to get involved

Submission guidelines and rules

Competition judging and awards


SCC Flyer

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