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HPC Advisory Council's Student Cluster Competition Opens

The HPC Advisory Council (HPCPC) and the ISC High Performance Conference, formerly known as the International Supercomputing Conference, have launched the ISC 2015 Student Cluster Competition.

Eleven teams of undergraduate students will participate in the real-time competition, which will take place on the ISC 2015 exhibit floor. Prior to the competition, team members will work with supervisors and vendor partners to design and build a computing cluster and learn the predetermined HPC applications. The cluster must use commercially available components and operate within power limits. At ISC 2015, the teams will "race to demonstrate the greatest performance across a series of benchmarks and applications," according to HPCAC. Following the competition, all student participants will be recognized and winners will be awarded on the main conference keynote stage.

According to Gilad Shainer, chairman of the HPC Advisory Council, the ISC Student Cluster Competition "is an excellent educational opportunity for students around the world to showcase their knowledge and skillsets and to engage with leading commercial vendors," he said in a prepared statement. Thousands of members of the international HPC community will attend the main conference keynote address when the Student Cluster Competition participants and winners are announced and will also be able to watch the real-time competition on the exhibit floor.

The ISC Student Cluster Competition will take place from July 11 to 15, 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany. Student sponsorship is available to help competitors pay for travel and accommodations.

Detailed information and submission criteria are now available on the HPC Advisory Council site.

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