Out of the received applications, 11 teams will be chosen and given the task to build a small cluster of their design and run a series of benchmarks and applications in real-time on the ISC'14 exhibition floor. The friendly competition will conclude with an awards ceremony, recognizing all teams in different categories, on the keynote stage, in front of the conference attendees.
The HPCAC-ISC Student Cluster Competition is designed to introduce the next generation of students to the international high performance computing (HPC) community. This is an excellent educational opportunity for students around the world to showcase their knowledge and skill sets and to engage with leading commercial vendors.
Students who participate in these competitions find it jumpstarts their careers in technology and research. The major players in the HPC industry will also be at this event, seeking young people for their training programmes and to help develop the next generation of HPC experts. The organizers have also witnessed universities using this event as a way to increase the breadth and depth of their HPC curricula.
Team preparation prior to the competition includes working with supervisors and vendor partners to design and build a winning cluster from commercially available components. Students will have to be aware of power limitations in addition to learning the behaviour and characteristics of the HPC applications.