Student Cluster Competition       
Student Cluster Competition
Student Cluster Competition

Student Cluster Competition

The Student Cluster Competition (SCC) was developed in 2007 to immerse undergraduate and high school students in high performance computing. Student teams design and build small clusters, with hardware and software vendor partners, learn designated scientific applications, apply optimization techniques for their chosen architectures, and compete in a non-stop, 48-hour challenge, at the SC conference, to complete a real-world scientific workload, while impressing conference attendees and interview judges with their HPC knowledge.


SCC Winners

SC16: Salt Lake City, UT
University of Science and
Technology of China
(31.15 Teraflops)

SC15: Austin, TX
Overall: Tsinghua University
Linpack: Technische Universität München
(7.134 Teraflops)

SC14: New Orleans, LA
Overall: University of Texas at Austin
Linpack: National Tsing Hua University
(10.07 Teraflops)

SC13: Denver, CO
Overall: University of Texas at Austin
Linpack: Nat. Univ. of Defense Tech.
(8.224 Teraflops)
Bentley University and
Northeastern University

SC12: Salt Lake City, UT
Overall: University of Texas at Austin
Linpack: National University of
Defense Technology
(3.014 Teraflops)
Little Fe
University of Utah

SC11: Seattle, WA
Overall: National Tsing Hua University
Linpack: State Univ. of Nizhny Novgorod
(1.93 Teraflops)

SC10: New Orleans, LA
Overall: National Tsing Hua University
Linpack: University of Texas at Austin
(1.07 Teraflops)

SC09: Portland, OR
Overall: Stony Brook University
Linpack: Colorado University
(692 Gigaflops)

SC08: Austin, TX
Overall: Indiana University
Linpack: National Tsing Hua University
(703 Gigaflops)

SC07: Reno, NV
Overall: University of Alberta
Linpack: National Tsing Hua University
(420 Gigaflops)
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2017 Invited Teams


  Final Team CompositionAugust 11th
Final Architecture Proposal  October 2nd

The SCC was developed prior to efforts to integrate HPC education into undergraduate curricula. Identifying this deficiency early, the original intent was to provide students with early exposure to HPC and motivate undergraduate curriculum development. Despite undergraduate HPC topics slowly becoming mainstream in CS/CE programs, the SCC remains an invaluable tool in HPC education, reaching a multi-disciplinary student population and often provides domain scientists with their first exposure to HPC. The competition also exposes teams to an HPC work environment, requiring teamwork and broad understanding of systems, software, and applications.

Some unique impacts of the SCC to HPC education include providing students the opportunity to work with cutting-edge hardware and software seen in the Top 500 HPC systems. SCC applications and rules are chosen to make teams aware of the interconnections between system architecture and applications, and competition applications are chosen to demonstrate the societal impacts of HPC. For example, simulating how weather and catastrophic events impact urban development, and simulating zombie invasions is similar to understanding the spread of disease. The competition also enables students to be inspired by HPC and use the playful nature of a competition to take risks and drive their own education. By staging the final event during the SC conference, the SCC allows students to see the vibrancy of the HPC community, identify role models, network, establish mentorship opportunities, and learn of career possibilities in HPC.

With the Student Cluster Competition fostering HPC curriculum development in educational institutions, the SCC helps to maintain a computationally-aware work force, to meet the challenges of the future.