Augmenting the all virtual ISC-HPCAIAC SCC, this year's competitors join the global fight against COVID-19 demonstrating their applied learnings in accelerating educational applications, such as Tinker-HP. The fourteen undergraduate teams will be challenged to share real-world results by running the same applications currently in use throughout the bioscience research community to combat the virus, discover treatments to help cure the sick, slow its continued and future spread and bring an end to the global pandemic.
Students will also demonstrate mastery of several other, comparable, complex challenges from climate change analysis using Elmer-ICE to running molecular dynamics and cosmology simulations using GROMACS and ChaNGa respectively. The 2020 competition will also introduce an all new AI coding challenge utilizing Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers (BERT), the Google-developed technique for Natural Language Processing (NLP) pre-training to better understand user searches.
Since 2011, the SCC has focused on introducing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students to the world and help them develop critical skills they will use long after completing their current studies. Each team, comprised of six students and up to two advisers, will compete in the competition that takes place at ISC, the conference and networking event for the international HPC community. This year the SCC is proud to host teams from China, Germany, Indonesia, Lithuania, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the U.K.
"The SCC is designed to foster the future generation of HPC and AI professionals and scientists and is an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge and skillsets with the HPC and AI communities", stated Gilad Shainer, Chairman of the HPC-AI Advisory Council. "We, as well as the student teams, are extremely happy to be able to continue the competition through this new online format. We would like to express our gratitude to the National Supercomputing Center Singapore for the supercomputing resources and support for the 2020 competition."
"The SCC has become an integral part of the ISC experience in the last nine years, bringing the international community together to promote HPC as a rewarding study and career pursuit for our young, aspiring student teams", stated Thomas Meuer, ISC General Co-Chair. "Through the SCC, they learn essential skills that can be applied to their future careers in HPC and AI, research and development, and a range of disciplines, markets and industries. Through the tremendous support of the HPC-AI Advisory Council and the National Supercomputing Center Singapore, we are grateful that our student teams will be able to continue with this year's competition online."
ISC 2020 has transformed into ISC 2020 Digital this year and will be held online from June 22 to June 24. The 2020 ISC-HPCAIAC Student Cluster Competition will run from June 1 to June 24, starting with an opening ceremony, live via webcast, on June 1 at 9 am Central European Time. The closing award ceremony will be broadcasted, live via webcast, on June 24, at 9 am Central European Time.
More information on the competition can be found on the SCC website.