Student Cluster Competition Supplements Local Computing Power with Cloud Resources

About the author: John Cazes is the SC18 Student Cluster Competition (SCC) chair from the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) where he serves as Manager of the HPC Applications Group.

We are pleased to announce that for the second year in a row, the SCC will provide cloud /resources to SCC teams to help them prepare for the competition and supplement their own clusters at SC18. These cloud resources and accompanying support were made possible by Microsoft Azure.

How the SCC Works

John Cazes is the SCC chair and works at TACC.

During SC17, 16 teams competed using their own cluster and a limited amount of cloud resources. Each team had to make decisions, much like current computing centers, as to how to utilize their resources, both local and cloud.

This extra twist gives teams much flexibility in how they approach the competition and design their local cluster. We expect another exciting competition this year.

The applications have been announced and are listed here.

Interested teams may submit a proposal and examine a sample submission by clicking here.


Any questions regarding the SCC may be sent to:

The submission deadline for SCC proposals has been extended by one week to April 27, 2018.

Important Dates:

April 27, 2018:   Submissions Deadline (23:59PM AoE)

May 7, 2018:       Acceptance Notification

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