Tuesday, February 17, 2015

SC15 Announces Student Cluster Competition Details

Last year’s overall SCC winner was the team from University of Texas – Austin – pictured here with SCC14 co-chairs Dustin Leverman (far left) and Barbara Chapman (far right) .
SC15 is excited to hold another nail-biting Student Cluster Competition, or SCC, now in its 9th year, as an opportunity to showcase student expertise in a friendly yet spirited competition. Held as part of SC15 Student Programs, the SCC is designed to introduce the next generation of students to the high-performance computing community. Over the years, the competition has drawn teams from throughout the United States and around the world.

In this real-time, non-stop, 48-hour challenge, teams of undergraduate and/or high school students assemble a small cluster on the SC15 exhibit floor and race to complete a real-world workload across a series of applications and impress HPC industry judges. In the competition, teams of six (6) students partner with vendors to design and build a cutting-edge cluster from commercially available components that does not exceed a 3120-watt power limit (26-amp at 120-volt), and work with application experts to tune and run the competition codes.

More information about this year’s competition can be found here:Competition Rules & Submission Guidelines and Competition Applications

Important Dates
Team submissions to compete in the SC15 SCC will be accepted from February 2, 2015 - April 17, 2015. Notifications of team acceptance into the SC15 SCC will go out the week of May 11, 2015.

Team submissions must be completed here.

NOTE:  Teams that are accepted to the competition will need to submit a final architecture proposal by October 2, 2015 through the submission site.

Contact the organizing committee here:

Frequently updated information about the competition details can be found here.


The SCC is funded by the SC conference and by generous sponsors who understand the importance of building the next generation of HPC.  If you are interested in sponsoring the SCC, please contact us for sponsorship levels and benefits.  Sponsorship levels range from $5,000 to $25,000.