RFHPC120: Preview of the SC16 Student Cluster Competition

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Student Cluster Competitors

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team previews the SC16 Student Cluster Competition.

The Student Cluster Competition was developed in 2007 to immerse undergraduate and high school students in high performance computing. Student teams design and build small clusters, with hardware and software vendor partners, learn designated scientific applications, apply optimization techniques for their chosen architectures, and compete in a non-stop, 48-hour challenge, at the SC conference, to complete a real-world scientific workload, while impressing conference attendees and interview judges with their HPC knowledge.

Dan gives us his impressions of the 14 teams competing this year. That’s a record number!

  • Friedrich-Alexander University, Germany
  • Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
  • Northeastern University / Auburn University, United States
  • Peking University, China
  • San Diego State University, United States
  • Team MGHPCC (Boston University, MIT, University of
    Massachusetts, Harvard University), United States
  • Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • Universidad EAFIT, Colombia
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, United States
  • University of Science and Technology of China, China
  • University of Texas at Austin / Texas State University, United States
  • University of Utah, United States

After that, we do a Round Robin with our Catch of the Week:

  • Shahin is anxiously awaiting the announcement of new Macbook Pro laptops from Apple.
  • Dan points us to a paper on deception and lying that has received the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize for psychology. As it turns out, only analysts get better with age.
  • Rich liked a story on insideHPC about Simulating Jellyfish Blooms in order to protect water inlets of coastal power plants.

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