Competition Rules

Here are our overarching rules during the SC10 real-time competition in New Orleans.

1.      Safety First.  Equipment configurations are always subject to safety as first consideration.  If it canNOT be done safely then it is UNacceptable.  When in doubt, ask an SCC supervisor.

2.      Hands off.  No one can touch the equipment physically after the competition starts Monday morning with the HPCC benchmark runs.  If there is a need to touch the equipment an official SCC supervisor needs to be called and will rule on the issue. The only exception is in keeping with Rule 1: if an unsafe condition is found, anyone can power down the equipment, and an SCC supervisor must be called immediately afterwards.

3.      Powered on at all times.  All equipment used for running the HPCC benchmarks must be used when running the competition applications (i.e.  You cannot run LINPACK on half the machine and then power up the whole system to run the competition applications). 

4.      No rebooting.  Reboots are only necessary for hung or failed hardware.  SCC supervisors must be notified before rebooting any hardware. 

5.      Assistance from others.  Prior to the competition, teams are encouraged to work closely with vendor partners and domain scientists to understand their hardware and the competition applications.  This is a wonderful learning opportunity for the students, and we hope team members, the supervisor, and vendor partners collaborate to maximize the educational impact.  Once the competition starts, student teams will not be allowed to receive assistance from supervisors or vendor partners.  The six team members will be on their own to work through cluster and application issues.