The Student Cluster Competition is a microcosm of a modern HPC centre that teaches and inspires students to pursue careers in the field. It demonstrates the breadth of skills, technologies and science that it takes to build, maintain and utilize a supercomputer.
In this real-time, non-stop, 48-hour challenge, teams of undergraduate and/or high school students assemble a small cluster on the exhibit floor and race to complete a real-world workload across a series of applications and impress HPC industry judges.
Teams of six students each are selected via a team proposal process. The selected teams work with their advisor and vendor partners to design and build a cutting-edge, commercially available cluster constrained by the 3120-watt (26-amp) power limit. This cluster should be designed to accommodate a variety of HPC workflows. Workflows may range from being limited by CPU performance to being memory bandwidth limited to I/O intensive.
For more information, you can visit http://sc16.supercomputing.org/studentssc/student-cluster-competition/ .