CIUK 2020 Cluster Challenge to make its debut at CIUK 2020

15 Jan 2020 Swindon - In December 2020, CIUK will feature the inaugural CIUK Student Cluster Challenge. Teams of six students will compete to build a working HPC cluster and run a set of benchmark codes for both simulations and AI workflows. Based on the CIUK competition, a CIUK team will be identified to compete in the International Supercomputing Student Cluster Challenge in Frankfurt in June 2021. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to participate. Regional Cluster challenges will be organised to help teams prepare for the CIUK event.

The UKRI e-Infrastructure Roadmap has highlighted the essential need for skilled people to support the successful exploitation of HPC and AI in UK science and industry - the CIUK Student Cluster Challenge initiative is a step towards addressing this need.

The competition will be run according to the Terms and Conditions of the International Supercomputing Student Cluster Competition, which is supported by the HPC AI Advisory Board. This will then enable us to sponsor a CIUK Team for the ISC event in June 2021 - a place has already been booked for the CIUK team. Now is your opportunity to get involved.

CIUK will begin to provide co-ordination and support for a national Student Cluster Challenge and where possible join those individual institutions who already host similar events to create a UK-wide cluster challenge league, fostering critical skills for the challenges complex computing delivers.

Each student team will comprise six students with up to two advisors. The competition is focused on hardware and software optimisation on selected key applications within a 3kW power envelope.The CIUK 2020 competition will take place in Manchester over 3 consecutive days in December, finishing at the end of the first day of CIUK 2020 - the winners will be announced at the start of the evening reception. The Cluster Challenge provides a platform for you to showcase your skills to the UK and International HPC and AI communities.

The Cluster Challenge will provide students with a project that supports their learning whilst bringing an element of teamwork, honing communication and attracting positive attention to all parties involved. There will be a framework of cluster challenges provided to ensure limited resources other than team building and mentoring that would be required from Heads of Departments, Advanced Research Computing Divisions, and Outreach Officers. The organizers would expect engagement with current suppliers to access hardware; however, resources can also be made available initially via DiRAC and ExCALIBUR.

This is a Corporate and Social Responsibility opportunity for vendors to be associated with a UK cluster Challenge national league and sponsor the talent of tomorrow. There are so many opportunities and positive outcomes based on test and development, recruitment, collaboration plus national and international coverage in this market that the challenge might be - why not get involved?

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Source: Science and Technology Facilities Council - STFC