In contrary to the fast GDP growth, the R&D and application of supercomputers in Asia need more efforts. For instance, the total shares of Asian supercomputers in the TOP500 are less than 10%. Europe and America have paid great attention to the student supercomputer challenge, especially in the SC and ISC conferences. However, in Asia, till now, no such student supercomputer challenge is held yet.
For the universities, the challenge is a great opportunity for public exposure, showing their university culture, training ability demonstration, and attracting international talents. During the challenge, students will obtain intense hands-on training with actual case studies, meet with international peers, and probably find their next step to higher education organisation or job providers.
Nowadays, the globalization trends of science and technology are more pronounced. The trends have induced the international competition to be shifted to the competition of knowledge and talent. As for the talent training, international "student cluster competition" has been held in about 12 sessions in total, which is one of the most influential international events in the supercomputer field.
China's National University of Defense of Technology (NUDT) was sponsored by INSPUR to participate the student cluster competition in SC11 Seattle. They won the second spot with only tiny difference.
In ISC12, INSPUR sponsored two Chinese teams to participate in the student cluster competition, after the 1st Chinese University Student Cluster Competition & Selective Trials for ISC12. The "Overall Winner" award for the most aggregate points for all the benchmarks included in the competition went to Tsinghua University. The team was also recognized for understanding the impact of weak and strong scaling on application performance.
The team from the National University of Defense of Technology (NUDT) built the highest core count system in hybrid architecture. The team also received an award for achieving the highest LINPACK score of 2.65 Teraflops.
In SC12, INSPUR sponsored the National University of Defense of Technology that once again received the award for achieving the highest LINPACK score of 3.014 Teraflops.
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