Oct. 20 — The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) announces today that it is repeating its role as co-sponsor of undergraduate students participating in the 2016 Student Cluster Competition (SCC). This year, GCS provides financial support for two German teams which were accepted for the multi-disciplinary HPC challenge integrated within the Supercomputing Conference 2016 (SC16) in Salt Lake City (Utah, USA): team PhiClub of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and team segFAUlt representing the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU). The two teams of Bavarian universities are the only European attendees in this year’s SCC, which consists of 14 teams from around the world.
According to the SCC rules, the teams of six students each will have to compete in a non- stop, 48-hour challenge held on the SC16 showground. Working on their self assembled compute cluster, which should be designed to accommodate a variety of HPC workflows while keeping a strict 3120-watt power limit, the students will have to complete a real-world scientific workload which, in the course of the run, will come with some unexpected elements of surprise. Equally important for the overall valuation of the teams will be whether the students manage to impress conference attendees and especially interview judges with their HPC knowledge.
The two German teams of undergraduate students are competing at this year’s SC16 with teams from the USA (6), China (3), Singapore, Taiwan and Colombia.
“It is no secret that very often financial constraints prohibit students to realize their participation in these kind of contests, especially when international travel is involved. As it is GCS’s mission to promote young and bright talents in the field of HPC, we are happy to provide additional financial resources that enable students to enter challenges such as the SC’s Student Cluster Competition,” affirms Dr. Claus Axel Müller, Managing Director of GCS. “We are positive that, independent of the outcome, it will be a great experience for the students, and we wish both teams best of luck and lots of success!”
The GCS had proudly sponsored a team of bachelor students of the Technical University of Munich at last year’s SCC. Team TUMuch Phun had captured an excellent third place in the overall ranking and has ensured the entry of their name in the all-time list of SCC awardees by winning the hotly contested High Performance Linpack benchmark run (http://www.studentclustercompetition.us/).
The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) combines the three national supercom- puting centres HLRS (High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart), JSC (Jülich Supercomputing Centre), and LRZ (Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, Garching near Munich) into Germany’s Tier-0 supercomputing institution. Concertedly, the three centres provide the largest and most powerful supercomputing infrastructure in all of Europe to serve a wide range of industrial and research activities in various disciplines. They also provide top-class training and education for the national as well as the European High Performance Computing (HPC) community. GCS is the German member of PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe), an international non-profit association consisting of 25 member countries, whose representative organizations create a pan-European supercomputing infrastructure, providing access to computing and data management resources and services for large-scale scientific and engineering applications at the highest performance level.