Student Cluster Competition Seeking Teams from Around the World

SCC teams collaborating and problem solving at SC17.

Are you a student interested in HPC?  Or a faculty or staff member involved in high performance computing (HPC)?  If so, you should consider submitting a team to the SC18 Student Cluster Competition (SCC).


What You’ll Need

  •  6 students interested in HPC (undergraduate or high school)
  • 1 or more advisors skilled in HPC
  • 1 or more vendor partners


SCC Video Summary & Background

The SCC was developed in 2007 to immerse undergraduate and high school students in HPC. Student teams design and build small clusters with hardware and software provided by vendor partners.

They learn designated scientific applications, apply optimization techniques for their chosen architectures, and compete in a non-stop, 48-hour challenge at SC18.

The goal is to complete a real-world scientific workload while impressing conference attendees and interview judges (one of last year’s judges is the SC18 General Chair) with their HPC knowledge and teamwork.

The advisor provides guidance and recommendations, the vendor provides the resources (hardware and software) and the students provide the determination, creativity, and enthusiasm.  Students work with their advisor to craft a proposal that describes the team, the suggested hardware, and their planned approach to the competition.

Reviews will be conducted by the SCC review committee and results (with comments) will be provided for submissions sent before the deadline.


Benefits of Participation

Getting hands-on experience @ SC17.

Selected teams are provided with full conference registration for each member and one advisor.  Each team is also provided with three hotel rooms (2 beds per room) for the students plus one room (one bed per room) for the advisor.

Since the competition is a part of the Students@SC program, students also get access to the Mentor Protégé program and the Student Job Fair.

Teams also make valuable career contacts with other students and mentors. Some participants have made job connections while participating in the SCC. Winning teams will also be called onstage during the SC18 official awards presentation.

For complete details, please visit: Student Cluster Competition

Interested teams may submit a proposal at: SC18 Submissions Website

Questions regarding the SCC: Contact Us 


Important Dates

April 20, 2018 – Submissions Deadline (23:59PM AoE)
May 7, 2018 – Acceptance Notification

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