The home team at the 2012 ISC Student Cluster Challenge, Team KIT (profile here), is a confident bunch. Not quite cocky, but confident. They made it through their first cluster competition with almost-flying colors – they had significant problems on…Read More
We catch up with the University of Colorado team (profile here) on the last day of the 2012 ISC Student Cluster Competition (or Kluster Kamph… or Hell on the Elbe) in Hamburg. Even though they were the last team to get…Read More
Here at ISC 2012 in Hamburg, I sat in on this podcast with Rich Brueckner of insideHPC and Dr. Jack Dongarra, co-founder of the Top500 list. We talked about the 20-year evolution of the list and, of course, Sequoia, the…Read More
The other U.S.-based team in the 2012 ISC Student Cluster Challenge is the University of Colorado, which hails from Boulder. Colorado is by far the most experienced team in Hamburg, having sent teams to all six SC Cluster Competitions. I…Read More
Chinese universities have gone student cluster crazy over the past year. When China was allotted two team slots at the ISC 2012 Student Cluster Competition, more than 300 schools expressed interest in participating. Thirty submitted proposals, forcing the country to…Read More
The Stony Brook Seawolves are one of two U.S. teams competing in the ISC 2012 Student Cluster Competition in Hamburg this week. This isn’t the first time the school has participated in a contest like this, but it’s probably their…Read More
China’s NUDT (National University of Defense Technology) was the first Chinese team to compete at a Student Cluster Competition when they made the trek to SC10 in Seattle. They came very close to winning the whole competition, finishing a very…Read More
Team KIT, the pride of Germany, is defending the home turf at the ISC 2012 Student Cluster Competition this week in Hamburg. We spent a few minutes chatting with them as the competition began. They were all smiles, but it…Read More
The final system configurations for the ISC 2012 Student Cluster Competition have been locked down. For the ISC inaugural event, we’re seeing a lot of sameness but some differentness too. (Now that is a great sentence.)
On the ‘same’ side, every team is sporting various flavors of Intel Sandy Bridge processors, with speeds ranging from (Team Germany) KIT’s low-powered 1.8GHz E5-2650s to Stony Brook’s 2.9GHz E5-2690s. Everyone is also running some flavor of Linux, with most opting for Red Hat.
You’ll notice that I appended the term ‘max’ in several of the columns. This is because the chart below represents the gear the students brought with them, not what they’ll necessarily be running or the speeds they’ll be using.
The ISC Student Cluster Challenge kicked off last night in a unique manner. Rather than a simple shouted “Go!” or a loud tone sent over a bullhorn, the organizers confronted the university teams with a physical challenge, like the old…Read More