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SCC Judging and Awards

The Student Cluster Competition is an intense challenge, where the hard work and preparation of student teams will culminate on the exhibit floor. During SC10, student teams will compete to

  • Run the HPC Challenge benchmarks to achieve the best performance
  • Run a real-world workload for the four applications designated below to achieve the highest throughput of accurate runs
  • Impress SC participants and judges with their ability to convey their HPC knowledge through visualizations, interviews, booth display, all-around-friendliness, AND a short outreach presentation to student participants

Points will be awarded for all three components listed above. The team scoring the highest aggregate points across all three components will be the overall winner of the competition. Recognition will also be given to the team with the highest LINPACK (can we break a TFlop this year???) and the team chosen as the Fan Favorite by SC participants.

More details on each of the competition components and awards are found below. Links to download the HPCC benchmark and applications can be found here

Overall SCC Winner

The aggregate scores from the HPCC Benchmarks, four applications, and the interview & outreach portion of the event will determine the winner. Each of these six components will be weighted evenly towards the final score.

HPCC Benchmark: When the SCC begins on Monday morning, teams will first run the HPC Challenge benchmarks found at: The teams will submit the benchmark results prior to obtaining data for the applications at the exhibit floor opening Monday evening. Points will be awarded across the overall benchmark, not just the LINPACK value. Once benchmarks have been submitted, they may not be re-run.

Teams must capture all output produced by the applications, including the command-line responses and text output to the terminal window used to launch the application (stdout and stderr in Unix terms).

Competition Applications: Scientific applications will be chosen to be OS-neutral and to provide real-world workloads for clusters of the size anticipated for this event. Teams may study the applications and modify them for their platforms, in advance of the event. The event will strive to provide more data than the teams can expect to process in the time allotted. One aspect of the contest will be determining the strategy for running the applications to maximize the team's points.

It is not necessary to fully understand the science behind each application to succeed in the Student Cluster Competition. The applications will, in general, compile and run on any system, and require only standard mathematical and message-passing libraries. What may help your team, at the time of the challenge, is an ability to analyze the input and understand the computational resources required for a given data set.

Interview and Outreach: During the competition teams will be given the chance to showcase their abilities and continuously present application output on a large high-resolution display on the exhibit floor. Teams should strive to impress SC participants and judges (potential employers) with their ability to convey their HPC knowledge through visualizations, interviews, booth display, and all-around-friendliness. The judges will observe the visualizations and interview each team on HPC knowledge pertaining to the competition, including the competition applications. Teams will also be responsible for a short presentation to other student participants. More details on the interview procedures and presentation are forthcoming.


Recognition will be given for the highest LINPACK.

In 1997, ASCI Red at Sandia National Lab broke a teraflop using 850 kW of power ( with over 9,000 CPUs. Has HPC technology advanced enough that a team of students can do it with a small cluster using roughly 3kW of power?

The LINPACK results of the HPCC portion of the Student Cluster Competition will be announced on Tuesday when the TOP500 committee meets with the public to announce the new TOP500 list.

Fan Favorite

Throughout the competition, SC participants will vote for their favorite SCC team. This is your chance to impress the greater SC audience and get noticed.


** Before The Competition **

Prior to the competition, teams are encouraged to work closely with vendor partners and domain scientists to understand their hardware and the competition applications. This is a wonderful learning opportunity for the students, and we hope team members, the supervisor, and vendor partners collaborate to maximize the educational impact.

** During The Competition **

Once the competition starts, student teams will not be allowed to receive assistance from supervisors or vendor partners.

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