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2021

Apply to Join the SCC21 Team

09 Apr 2021
SCC SCC21 HPC

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

Deadlines:

  • 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.

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2020

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.

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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: https://vscc20.studentclustercompetition.us/d/a2naO02Mz/dashboard?orgId=1&refresh=1m

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.

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SDSC/UCSD SCC20 Team in the News

08 Nov 2020
SCC SCC20 Superscalars Virtual Computing

The SDSC/UCSD Student Cluster Competition Team completed its first competition as one of 19 teams to compete in the first virtual student cluster competition at SC. For more details, see: UC San Diego Student Team Shines at Supercomputing 2020 Conference and SC’s First Virtual Student Cluster Competition Concludes with Teams Greatly Expanding Their Knowledge of Running HPC Workloads in the Cloud.

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SDSC/UCSD SCC20 Team Superscalars Selected to Compete at SCC20

09 Sep 2020
SCC SCC20 Virtual Computing Superscalars

The SC20 Student Cluster Competition has shifted to a virtual competition. For this virtual SCC, or “VSCC,” 17 teams from around the world will compete in a novel setting using Microsoft Azure Cloud resources. For more information, see: Global Lineup Will Compete at SC’s First Virtual Student Cluster Competition

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Meet this Years SDSC SCC20 Team

14 Jul 2020
SCC SCC20 Superscalars Virtual Computing

Meet this years SDSC SCC20 Team

About the SDSC SCC20 Team

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Apply for the SDSC SCC20 Team

08 Jul 2020
SCC SCC20 Superscalars Virtual

SCC20 Competition Plans

The VSCC competition will be completely embracing the model of on-demand HPC computing in the cloud: as part of the competition, students will have the opportunity to build virtual HPC Clusters using the Microsoft Azure cloud computing resource on which to run the different HPC applications. For more details about the SCC20 competition, and a list of the applications that will be run during the competition, visit the SCC site here.

SDSC intends to assemble a team of UCSD undergraduate students and mentors from both SDSC and external HPC Systems sponsors. SCC teams are limited to 6 undergraduate students and a mentor. SDSC plans to select students for the Summer/Fall program. The team will work together over the Summer and the Fall to learn to build on-demand VMs and to run the suite of HPC applications. Team members will be evaluated on experience, ability to work on teams remotely, and availability to work on the project this Summer and Fall for approximately 10-20 hours per week. All team members will recieve UCSD Co-Curricular Record credit. The competition team of 6 undergradaute students will be chosen based factors such as experience, participation, contributions, team member input, and other factors. If this sounds like something you would be interested in doing, please fill out the application form below by EOD Monday, June 29th.

Note that acceptance to participate in the VSCC will not require on-site participation in Atlanta, but that there is the possibility for teams to travel to SC if the conference is held in person.

Women, underrepresented minorities, and other groups who are not fully represented in STEM fields are strongly encouraged to apply.

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SCC20 is Going Virtual.md

03 Jul 2020
SCC SCC20 Superscalars Virtual Computing

Due to the impact of Covid-19, the SC Conference is modifying the Student Cluster Competition at SJC20 in order to support remote participation. The Virtual Student Cluster Competition (VSCC) will be held completely in the cloud, allowing student teams to participate remotely from their home institution, or in person at the conference. The dates of the main SC conference is November 15-20, 2020. The SCC competitions typically runs from Monday to Wednesday of that week, but may change for the virtual meeting. The SCC Committee is still working on the details of the virtual competition.

The VSCC competition will be completely embracing the model of on-demand HPC computing in the cloud: as part of the competition, students will have the opportunity to build virtual HPC Clusters using the Microsoft Azure cloud computing resource on which to run the different HPC applications. For more details about the SCC20 competition, and a list of the applications that will be run during the competition, visit the SCC site here.

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