SDSC HPC Students Projects

The SDSC HPC Students Program is designed to foster the next generation of a High-Performance Computing workforce that focuses on educating and training students. It is designed to engage students from high school to grad school about all things HPC (from programming to building clusters), to motivate them to pursue HPC careers, and to serve as bridge between students and HPC-related development, research and researchers.

Current Projects & Activities:

  • SDSC Students@Supercomputing: One of the largest technical meetings in HPC in the world is the annual Supercomputing Conference ( SC is where experts in High-Performance Computing (HPC) meet. HPC spans many scientific computing domains including Math, Physics, Biology, and Data and Environmental Sciences.
    SDSC will sponsor qualified student applications for: Student Volunteers; the Student Cluster Competition team; and the new #HPCImmersion Program. Get your application started today. More information can be found here: SC Students Program.

Recent Posts

Apply to Join the SCC21 Team

09 Apr 2021

STUDENT CLUSTER COMPETITION @ SCC21 -- Apply Today to be on the Team!


  • Application Deadline: Thursday, April 29, 2021
  • Application Notification: riday, April 30, 2021
  • Acceptance Deadline: Saturday, May 1, 2021
  • Proposal Due: Monday, May 3, 2021

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) and UC San Diego is putting together a team to compete in the Student Cluster Competition (SCC), held at the annual Supercomputing conference SC21 in St. Louis, Missouri. SCC was developed in 2007 to immerse undergraduate and high school students in high performance computing. The SCC teams consist of 6 students who will design and build a small cluster with support from mentors and hardware and software vendor partners. They will learn designated scientific applications and apply optimization techniques for their chosen architectures. SCC teams compete against teams from around the world, in a non-stop 48-hour challenge to complete a real-world scientific workload, while keeping the cluster up and running, and demonstrating to the judges their HPC skills and knowledge. All team members are invited to attend the conference. Last years SCC20 team placed 4th/19 teams in the overall competition. Check out this news article on the team!

The SDSC/UCSD SCC21 Team Application Form can be found here.


SDSC HPC User Training to begin on January 22 2021

10 Dec 2020
HPC User Training

The 2021 course is scheduled to be held in two sessions: Session #1: January 22, 2021 - March 12, 2021; Session #2: April 2, 2021 - May 7, 2021. Training sessions will be held on Fridays from 1:00pm to 3:00pm in the SDSC SynCenter (or the Auditorium, if needed). Registration and course details can be found here.

This High-Performance Computing (HPC) User Training series is open to all who are interested in advancing their knowledge and experience on HPC systems and concepts. The program was originally developed in 2019 to support UCSD undergraduates interested in furthering their knowledge of HPC concepts and hands-on training, as well as, building a team interested in competing in the annual Student Cluster Competition held at the annual International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis (SC). This program continues to focus efforts on building a team to compete in the annual SC Student Cluster Competition but also extends to any who are interested in attending.


Team Superscalars Places in 4th / 19 teams at SCC20 Competition

19 Nov 2020
SCC SCC20 Superscalars Virtual Computing

The SC20 Student Cluster Competition has completed. It was an exciting competition, and the team submissions can be viewed on the leaderboard:

The Superscalars did very well considering that they were the first team sponsored by UCSD/SDSC: out of 19 teams, the Superscalars had the following significant accomplishments:

  • ranked 4th overall
  • achieved the highest score on the mystery application
  • ranked 3rd in HPCG with 4.056 TFlops
  • ranked 5th for the reproducibility application
  • ranked 6th for IO 500, with 16 GB/s
  • submitted full or partial results for all of the applications.
What a great job the team has done for the first SCC team hosted by SDSC and UCSD. For more information in the news, see SDSC News.

For more information see:
SDSC HPC Students Program:
UCSD Supercomputing Club
For questions or comments, contact
Mary Thomas: mthomas at