ASC14 is initiated by China and has accepted the registration from all academic organisations in the five continents. In order to recognize and support the development of supercomputer technology and applications, accelerate the construction of a supercomputer talent team, and promote supercomputer applications for scientific research and innovation.
ASC in Asia, SC in the U.S., and ISC in Germany are the three top-level supercomputer challenges around the world. Compared with SC and ISC, ASC is well accepted by its larger scales, reasonable competition system, and most challenging contest questions. At present, the ASC14 Students Supercomputer Challenge registration has been finished. There are in total 79 universities from five continents. Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Africa are going to participate in this global supercomputer event.
It is reported that the preliminary contest of the Challenge will start from January 2, 2014 and the final will be held in Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China in April, 2014. It is said that ASC14 has become the biggest student challenge in China after the Universidad.
As the "brain" of modern technology, supercomputers have been widely used in those high-end, sophisticated and cutting-edge areas like the Earth's climate modelling, cosmic objects research, genetic research, ultra-high-speed aircraft design, and so on. At the same time, supercomputers are means of science and technology that relate to social production and the daily life of the people. Forecasting natural disasters, development of bio-medicine and development of new materials rely on supercomputers to do computational simulation and research in order to obtain a rapid and effective decision.
As one important technology, many countries put the supercomputer forward as a national strategy. It is said China is increasing investment in supercomputer research. Examples are the fastest supercomputer "Tianhe-2" and the ASC14 challenge.
As a core member initiating ASC14, China is exerting its influence in non-governmental organisations and pan-academic institutions around the world by means of this new platform of supercomputers and regards it as a new arena to demonstrate China's international image. Like "Ping-pong Diplomacy" several years ago, supercomputing may also develop into a new means of diplomacy for China.
For more details, you can check the official website of the contest at www.asc-events.org