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The Student Cluster Competition programme is divided into three rounds: Team Selection, the CHPC Student Cluster Competition and the HPCAC Student Cluster Challenge. Each team participating in the competition consists of four undergraduate students and a postgraduate mentor. There are no fees for participation in the competition. The CHPC will cover the costs of travel, accommodation and food during all events.
Round 1 - Team Selection
Team Selection is designed to impart critical knowledge for building a cluster, this includes: using Linux systems, the basic software stack of a cluster and considerations which should be taken into account when choosing hardware. Team Selection concludes with an assignment which requires each team to build a prototype cluster in the Cloud. The results from the Team Selection project and application are used to select the teams which will proceed to the CHPC Student Cluster Competition.
Round 2 - CHPC Student Cluster Competition
In the CHPC Student Cluster Competition participants build small HPC clusters out of hardware provided by the CHPC and its industrial partners. The contest takes place on the exhibition floor at the CHPC National Meeting in Cape Town. The participants are given a selection of applications to optimise and run on their cluster to demonstrate their design’s performance. The winning team will be entered into HPCAC Student Cluster Challenge.
Each team is assigned a budget of approximately R200,000.00 ex VAT and a parts list from one of the CHPC's industry partners. With this budget and parts list, the team must design a cluster taking into consideration the set of application which will be used to benchmark the cluster. Once the cluster's design is finalised the hardware specification is submitted to the CHPC's partners for manufacturing.
The hardware, as specified in the cluster design, is delivered to the exhibition floor of the CHPC National Meeting. Here the teams unpack their equipment, construct their cluster, install the software stack and perform benchmarks. The teams are judged on a combination of the performance of the applications and the design of the cluster.
Round 3 - HPCAC Student Cluster Challenge
The winning team of the CHPC Student Cluster Competition with two additional individuals, selected from the other teams by the judges, will be entered into the HPCAC Student Cluster Challenge. The HPCAC Student Cluster Challenge is organised by the HPC Advisory Council and is hosted annually at the International Supercomputing Conference in Germany.
For more information visit the HPC Advisory Council's Student Cluster Challenge website.
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All members of a team applying to enter the competition must be enrolled in a Computer Science related degree programme at a South African University. A team must consist of four undergraduates who are in 2nd year if enrolled in a 3 year degree, or 2nd/3rd year if enrolled in a 4 year degree. This is to ensure the winning team is eligible to compete the following year in the HPCAC Student Cluster Challenge. Universities may form combined teams. Universities may enter as many teams as they want. Previous winners and reserves of the competition may not enter.
Each team requires a mentor from their university. The mentor will be responsible for preparing their team for the competition and is responsible for their team during the competition. During the competition the mentor may not provide their team with technical assistance.
To enter, a team must complete the CHPC Student Cluster Competition application form, obtain a letter of support from their mentor and complete the entrance assignment. Successful applicants will be entered into the team selection process to determine which teams will compete at the CHPC Student Cluster Competition.
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The CHPC Student Cluster Competition is designed to give undergraduate students at South African universities exposure to the High Performance Computing (HPC) Industry. At the CHPC's 2013 National Meeting teams will build small HPC clusters on the exhibition floor from hardware provided by the CHPC and our industrial partners. The winning team is entered into the HPC Advisory Council's (HPCAC) Student Cluster Challenge hosted at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) in Germany.
|Monday, 15 April||Post-graduate Mentor Recruitment registration closes|
|Friday, 26 April||Team Applications Open|
|Monday, 20 May||Team Applications Close|
|Friday, 24 May||Team Selection Invitations Released|
|Monday, 1 July||Team Selection Begins|
|Saturday, 6 July||Team Selection Ends|
|Friday, 19 July||Student Cluster Competition Teams Announced|
|Friday, 20 September||Component List and Budget Released|
|Sunday 6, October||Draft Submission of Cluster Designs|
|Friday, 18 October||Final Submission of Cluster Designs|
|Saturday, 30 November||Student Cluster Competition Begins|
|Thursday, 5 December||Student Cluster Competition Ends|
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