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SC12: Meet the Team: Venus (University of the Pacific); an SCC First PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Team Venus, the all-female Student Cluster Competition (SCC) team from the University of the Pacific, tells us how they found their way into the competition. They also discuss how they’re looking to encourage women to enter STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) fields. I confront them about leaving only one member at the Team Venus helm at the beginning of the competition. Their explanation, along with a discussion of the competition and their sponsors, makes for a video introduction that’s both interesting and, well, charming.

 

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Radio Free HPC, Episode 14: SC12 Preview PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 09 November 2012 00:00

Once Rich and Henry remind Dan about next week's Supercomputing conference - and its location - the gang gets down to discussing what's new, what's old (other than themselves), and what's happening. News is expected from Cray, NVIDIA, and Intel... Dan predicts lots of liquid-cooled systems... Henry says storage appliances will be a bigger deal this time around... and Rich notes the presence of 75 sessions related to Exascale. All in all, nothing truly revolutionary - more of an 'evolutionary' year. How to spice things up? Start talking about "Zetascale," of course.

Check the Radio Free HPC website for new episodes and more great content from Rich Brueckner of insideHPCHenry Newman of Instrumental, Inc., and GCG's Dan Olds.

 

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SC12: Pick Your Cluster Fave and Win Piles of Virtual Cash! PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 08 November 2012 12:00

As the greatest event in computer sports – the SC12 Student Cluster Competition (SCC) – prepares to kick off next week, tension is rising worldwide. Hordes of fans and industry insiders are analyzing the computing tasks, picking their favorite team or teams, and arguing about it with their friends and even their enemies.

We’ve done our part to add to the body of knowledge. For the Big Iron division of the SCC, we’ve explained the competition in detail, discussed the applications and tasks, and broken down all eight teams. We’ve done the same for the LittleFe competition (also known as ‘Mini-Iron) here.

So now that you’re armed with some serious knowledge about the competitions, it’s time to put a stake in the ground. Time to put some (virtual) money where your (very real) mouth is. We want to give you a fair shot in betting against your pals, not to mention an advantage over the myriad of touts trying to rope you into sucker bets.

With all this in mind, we’ve posted a virtual betting pool where you can bet on your favorite (or favorites) to win the LINPACK competition, the Overall Award, and the LittleFe division.

Click on this link to put your money down. We’ll post updated odds before the competition closes and compare the wisdom of the crowd vs. the actual results after the competition is complete.

 

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SC12 LittleFe Battle: High-schoolers Take On the Big Kids PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 08 November 2012 00:00

Now that the US elections are over, it’s obvious that the world’s attention has shifted to the upcoming Student Cluster Competition (SCC), which will kick off next Monday at SC12 in Salt Lake City.

The traditional ‘Big Iron’ competition (details here) has teams of undergraduates benchmarking their home-grown clusters to see which school is best at wringing the most HPC app performance from only 26 amps (120 volts). This is the event that has become the largest spectacle in computer sports and a beloved part of every SC conference.

But now, there’s something new and different…

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SC12 SCC Team Profiles: The Veterans PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 06 November 2012 12:00

A couple of old-timer teams round out the field at the upcoming SC12 Student Cluster Competition (SCC) in Salt Lake City. These contests started in 2007 and between them, these two teams have participated in a total of nine matches.

Each school has six team members plus three advisors/coaches. Let’s assume that the competition consumes six hours per week (it’s probably more) for six months: conservatively, students and faculty at these two schools have invested more than 25,000 hours in designing, building, testing, and ultimately competing against other teams with their clusters. That’s 631 weeks of a 40-hour-per-week job, or more than 12 years of real-world working life. (This assumes a typical US or Asian fifty-week work year. Europeans should adjust to correct for longer vacations, holidays, ‘sick’ day allowances, work stoppages, etc.)

(And if you have no idea what I’m prattling on about, you can find details about the SC12 Student Cluster Competition here and the apps they’ll be running here.)

So who are these two stalwart cluster competitors? Let’s meet ‘em…

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