The 2022 Winter Classic Invitational Student Cluster Competition is turning out to be one of the tightest student cluster competitions ever. This event, which started in early February, pits student teams from twelve Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic Serving Institutions against each other to see which team can run and optimize HPC workloads.
This is a virtual competition with the teams receiving instruction from and running their workloads on clusters hosted by four competition mentors: HPE, NASA, Oak Ridge National Lab, and Amazon AWS. The teams just finished up with Oak Ridge and will be starting with AWS and OpenFOAM next week.
A very close race got even closer with the unveiling of the student team scores from the Oak Ridge Machine Learning module. Out of a possible total of 500 points available in the competition to date, five teams are within 35.88 points of each other. These teams are arrayed from second to sixth place and all are anxious to nab as many of the remaining 200 points as they can.
This paper thin margin between the top teams is unprecedented and serves to put additional pressure on the teams to make the most of the AWS module and run the wheels off of OpenFOAM. No one is safe on the leaderboard.
Here’s what the Big Board looks like today:
For more details and exciting commentary, click your clickers on the YouTube below and hear Addison Snell and me go through all of the results from this week and speculate on what’ll happen in the future. It’s the best use of 11:53 of your time today, you’ll love it.
But wait, there’s more! We interviewed the mentors from Oak Ridge National Lab and learned all about their machine learning challenge. They spoke to the task and how well the students coped with it (pretty well, as it turns out), plus discussed other outreach activities they’ll be driving in the near future.
In our next shows we’ll relax with the teams, talk to some sponsors, and anxiously await results from the AWS Challenge. Stay tuned…..