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2013

HPCAC Student Cluster Challenge Team:

Prizes Sponsored by Dell:

  • Visit to Dell headquarters, Dell R&D and TACC in Austin, Texas, USA
  • Entered into the HPCAC Student Custer Challenge 2014 in Leipzig, Germany (Winners only)

Winners:

  • Eugene de Beste (UWC)
  • Nicole Thomas (UWC)
  • Saeed Natha (UWC)
  • Warren Jacobus (UWC)
  • Pieter Malan (SUN)
  • Ellen Nxala (UFH)

Reserves:

  • Kevin Beyers (NMMU)
  • Hardus Bodenstein (NWU)

CHPC Student Cluster Competition Winners:

Prizes Sponsored by DELL:

  • DELL Latitude 10

Winners:

  • Eugene de Beste (UWC)
  • Nicole Thomas (UWC)
  • Saeed Natha (UWC)
  • Warren Jacobus (UWC)

Best High Throughput Design:

Prizes Sponsored by HP:

  • HP SlateBook 10

Winners:

  • Kevin Beyers (NMMU)
  • Douglas Bentley (NMMU)
  • Matthew Sainsbury (NMMU)
  • Liam Carver (NMMU)

Best HPL Score:

Prizes Sponsored by Eclipse Holdings: 

  • Lenovo Tablets

Winners:

  • Pieter Malan (SUN)
  • Gert Goosen (SUN)
  • Alexander Matthee (SUN)
  • Dirk Hanekom (UFS)

Most Efficient Design:

Prizes Sponsored by CRAY:

  • Kindle Fire HD

Winners:

  • Johan van der Vyver (NWU)
  • Ruan Chapman (NWU)
  • Markus Buitendag (NWU)
  • Ettienne Pitts (NWU)

Best Theoretical Design:

Prizes Sponsored by the CHPC:

  • 1TB External Hard Drives

Winners:

  • Frans Hancke (NWU)
  • Chantell Niemand (NWU)
  • Willem Pelser (NWU)
  • Hardus Bodenstein (NWU)

 

Perseverance:

Prizes Sponsored by the CHPC:

  • 1TB External Hard Drives

Winners:

  • Xaia Bulelani (UFH)
  • Bonisile Xantsa (UFH)
  • Ellen Nxala (UFH)
  • Anelisiwe Ndlela (UFH)

2012

HPCAC Student Cluster Challenge Team:

Prizes Sponsored by Dell:

  • Visit to Dell headquarters, Dell R&D and TACC in Austin, Texas, USA
  • Entered into the HPCAC Student Custer Challenge 2013 in Leipzig, Germany (Winners only)

Winners:

  • Jan-Willem Steeb (Wits)
  • Evelyn Khoboka (NWU)
  • Kerren Ortlepp (Wits)
  • Ryan Strange (Wits)
  • Katlego Moukangwe (UCT)
  • Muhammad Atif (Wits)

Reserves:

  • Eugene Botma (UFS)
  • Abednigo Masilo (Wits)

CHPC Student Cluster Competition Winners:

Prizes Sponsored by HP:

  • HP Laptops

Winners:

  • Jan-Willem Steeb (Wits)
  • Evelyn Khoboka (NWU)
  • Kerren Ortlepp (Wits)
  • Ryan Strange (Wits)

Best LINPACK Performance:

Prizes Sponsored by Eclipse:

  • Kindle Fires

Winners:

  • Abednigo Masilo (Wits)
  • Elvis Malope (Wits)
  • George Mlangeni (Wits)
  • Eugene Botma (UFS)

Highest LINPACK Efficiency:

Prizes Sponsored by Cray: 

  • Huawei Tablets

Winners:

  • Cassey Keating (NWU)
  • Vusi Mngomezulu (NWU)
  • Atif Muhammad (Wits)
  • Khulekani Jili (UKZN)

Most Innovative Design:

Prizes Sponsored by the CHPC:

  • 1TB External Hard Drives

Winners:

  • Francois Retief (UCT)
  • Matthew Cawood (UCT)
  • Pieter Malan (SU)
  • Thomas Shone (RU)

Best Theoretical Peak Performance:

Prizes Sponsored by the CHPC:

  • 1TB External Hard Drives

Winners:

  • Anurag Arnab (UCT)
  • Katlego Moukangwe (UCT)
  • Tshiamo Motaung (UCT)
  • Stephan Crous (NMMU)

 

 

 

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Rules

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  1.  Equipment
    1. You may not remove or tamper with security tape placed on the equipment allocated to your team
    2. Equipment assigned to your team may not be removed from the exhibition hall
    3. You may not interfere with another team's equipment
    4. You may use your personal laptop for research and the configuration of the cluster. You may not use it as part of the benchmarked cluster
    5. You must submit equipment used to build or configure your cluster for inspection at a competition marshal's request. This applies to both competition and personal equipment
  2. Software
    1. Only open source, freeware or trial software may be used on your cluster. You must adhere to the terms of use granted to you by the software licences.
    2. The use of pirated software is forbidden.
  3. Cluster Configuration
    1. Only members of your team and competition marshals may interact with the equipment used to build or configure your cluster. This applies to both competition provided  hardware and personal equipment.
    2. Team mentors may not provide their team with technical assistance.
    3. You may use the Internet to research how to configure your cluster.
    4. You may use the Internet to ask questions to software maintainers and support  forums.
    5. You may not make use on any paid for support services.
  4. Stall
    1. At least one member of your team must be at  your team's stall between 08:00 and 17:00.
    2. You must keep your stall clean at all times.
    3. You may not have food or drink within 1 metre of  the equipment provided to you by the competition organisers.
    4. You must maintain a safe working environment in your stall. All safety concerns must be reported to a competition marshal immediately. 
  5. Benchmarking
    1. Only equipment supplied to your team by the competition organisers may be used to run the benchmarks. You may remotely start benchmarks from a personal computer.
    2. All benchmarks must be run from your clusters head node.
    3. You may interface with the head node via the provided keyboard, mouse and monitor or remotely via a personal computer. A personal computer may only be used for access, it may not run any software critical to the functioning of the cluster and may not perform a portion of the work in the benchmark.
    4. Before you begin benchmarking you must notify a competition marshal.
    5. After notifying a competition marshal that you have begun benchmarking you may not touch or reboot any equipment in your cluster. If you need to touch or reboot  equipment contact a competition marshal for authorisation. If an unsafe condition arises anyone may power-off the equipment; immediately afterwards they must call a  competition marshal.
    6. Benchmark results must be ready for submission by 16:30 on the specified date
    7. Output from the benchmark results submitted to the judges must be must be stored and be made available to marshals and judges for inspection.
  6. Judging
    1. An event log will be kept for each team. The log will record rule violations and exemptions granted  by the marshals.
    2. The judging panel will set the penalties for rule violations.
    3. The judges will view the event logs and apply penalties.
    4. Teams will receive a rank (one for each application) for their benchmarks. Both performance and accuracy will be considered when determining the rankings. 
    5. The design of the cluster will be evaluated by taking into consideration the hardware and software specification as well as its functionality. The judges will assign each  cluster a rank.
    6. The overall position of the teams will be determined by aggregating the rankings for the benchmarked codes and the design of the cluster.
    7. If a tie arises when aggregating the rankings the judges will break the tie and set the order of the tied teams as they see fit.
    8. The judging panel’s decision is final.
  7. HPCAC Student Cluster Challenge Team
    1. The four competitors in the winning team of the CHPC Student Cluster Competition will be selected to compete in the HPCAC Student Cluster Challenge.
    2. Two competitors from any team, other than the winning team, will be selected by the judges to compete in the HPCAC Student Cluster Challenge.
    3. Two competitors from any team, other than the winning team, will be selected by the judges as reserves for the HPCAC Student Cluster Challenge. The judges will set the order in which the reserves are substituted.

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Format

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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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Forming a Team

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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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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 2014 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.

For more information contact: David Macleod, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Important Dates

Monday, 14 April Post-graduate Mentor Recruitment registration closes
Friday, 25 April Team Applications Open
Monday, 19 May Team Applications Close
Friday, 23 May Team Selection Invitations Released
Monday, 30 June Team Selection Begins
Saturday, 5 July Team Selection Ends
Friday, 18 July Student Cluster Competition Teams Announced
Friday, 19 September Component List and Budget Released
Sunday 5, October Draft Submission of Cluster Designs
Friday, 17 October Final Submission of Cluster Designs
Saturday, 29 November Student Cluster Competition Begins
Thursday, 4 December Student Cluster Competition Ends

 

* Tentative date

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