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In its fifth year, the SC11 Student Cluster Competition will feature student teams that compete to harness the incredible power of current-generation cluster hardware. In a real-time challenge, teams of six undergraduate and/or high school students will build a small cluster of their own design on the SC exhibit floor and race to demonstrate the greatest sustained performance across a series of applications. Held in collaboration between the Technical Program and the Communities Program, the Student Cluster Competition is designed to introduce the next generation of students to the high performance computing community. The Competition is generously supported by industry partners and the SC Conference.

Competition Description

The Competition is an intense challenge, where the hard work and preparation of student teams will culminate on the exhibit floor in Seattle.  During SC11, student teams will compete to:

  • Run HPC benchmarks to achieve the best performance
  • Run a real-world workload consisting of four designated scientific applications to achieve the highest throughput of accurate runs
  • Convey to SC participants and judges their HPC knowledge through visualizations, interviews, and booth display, including a short outreach presentation to student participants

Points will be awarded for all three components. The team scoring the highest aggregate points across all three components will be the overall winner of the competition.

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