Deadline is 11 April for SC14 Student Competition Teams

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 25 February 2014 —Students interested in demonstrating their high-performance computing skills on a global stage are invited to form teams and sign up to compete in the eighth annual Student Cluster Competition at the SC14 Conference to be held 16-21 November 2014, in New Orleans. SC14 is the premier international conference on high performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis.

The Student Cluster Competition is a high-energy event featuring young supercomputing talent from around the world competing to build and operate powerful cluster computers. Applications are now being accepted, and the deadline for team submissions is Friday, 11 April 2014.

Created as an opportunity to showcase student expertise in a friendly yet spirited competition, the Student Cluster Competition aims to introduce the next generation of students to the high-performance computing community. Over the last couple of years, the competition has drawn teams from around the world, including Australia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Russia, Taiwan and the United States.

Detailed information about the Student Cluster Competition can be found at http://sc14.supercomputing.org/engage/hpc-interconnections/sc14-student-cluster-competition.

Team proposals must be submitted via the SC14 submission site at https://submissions.supercomputing.org/.

"The energy and dedication that the student teams bring to the Student Cluster Competition is inspiring, especially as they work around the clock to overcome obstacles and get their systems up and running," said Student Cluster Competition Chair Dustin Leverman of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. "Though they are competing all out against one another, the teams also share a camaraderie as they race to the end."

In this real-time, non-stop, 48-hour competition, teams of undergraduate and/or high school students assemble small cluster computers on the SC14 exhibit floor and race to demonstrate the greatest sustained performance across a series of applications. In the Standard Track, teams of six students will partner with vendors to design and build a cutting-edge cluster from commercially available components that does not exceed a 26-amp power limit, and they will work with application experts to tune and run the competition codes.

Questions about rules or applications can be submitted via the Student Cluster Competition question board at: https://groups.google.com/d/forum/student-cluster-competition14. If teams do not want to post their questions publicly in the Q&A forum, they can be sent to: student-cluster-competition@info.supercomputing.org.

The Student Cluster Competition is part of the HPC Interconnections program (formerly SC Communities), which brings together programs designed to support emerging leaders and groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in computing. This program provides opportunities for students, faculty, early-career professionals and international attendees to participate in the SC Conference through our Broader Engagement, Experiencing HPC for Undergraduates, Student Cluster Competition, Student Job Fair and Student Volunteers activities.

Limited travel support is available for some of these programs; we encourage you to apply. Applications open 1 April for Broader EngagementStudent Volunteers andExperiencing HPC for Undergraduates.

SC14, sponsored by the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) and the IEEE Computer Society, offers a complete technical education program and exhibition to showcase the many ways high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis lead to advances in scientific discovery, research, education and commerce. This premier international conference includes a globally attended technical program, workshops, tutorials, a world-class exhibit area, demonstrations and opportunities for hands-on learning. 

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