Scientific applications will be chosen to be OS-neutral and to provide real-world workloads for clusters of the size anticipated for this event. Teams may study the applications and modify them for their platforms, in advance of the event. The event will strive to provide more data than the teams can expect to process in the time allotted. One aspect of the contest will be determining the strategy for running the applications to maximize the team's points.
It is not necessary to fully understand the science behind each
application to succeed in the Student Cluster Competition. The
applications will, in general, compile and run on any system, and
require only standard mathematical and message-passing libraries. What
may help your team, at the time of the challenge, is an ability to
analyze the input and understand the computational resources required
for a given data set.
The applications are FLASH, WRF, NAMD, and Password Recovery.