Student Cluster Competition       
Student Cluster Competition
Student Cluster Competition

2018 Student Cluster Competition


SCC Winners

SC17: Denver, CO
Nanyang Technological University
(51.8 Teraflops)

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

SC15: Austin, TX
Overall: Tsinghua University
Linpack: Technische Universit√§t M√ľnchen
(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)
Once again, the SC Conference series is pleased to host the Student Cluster Competition (SCC), now in its twelfth year, at SC18. The SCC is an opportunity for students to showcase their expertise in a friendly, yet spirited, competition. Held as part of the Students@SC program, the SCC is designed to introduce the next generation of students to the high-performance computing community. The competition draws teams of undergraduate students from around the world.

The Student Cluster Competition is an HPC multi-disciplinary experience integrated within the HPC community's biggest gathering, the Supercomputing Conference. The competition is a microcosm of a modern HPC center that teaches and inspires students to pursue careers in the field. It demonstrates the breadth of skills, technologies and science that it takes to build, maintain and utilize supercomputers. In this real-time, non-stop, 48-hour challenge, teams of undergraduate and/or high school students assemble small clusters on the exhibit floor, and race to complete real-world workloads across a series of applications and impress HPC-industry judges.

Teams of up to six undergraduate students may submit proposals describing their team, their proposed cluster specifications, and their approach to the competition. The selected teams work with their advisors and vendor partners to design and build cutting-edge, commercially-available clusters, constrained by a 3000-watt power limit. These clusters should be designed to accommodate a variety of HPC workflows.

Interested teams may submit proposals and examine a sample submission at the SC18 submissions website:

An overview of the competition and submission guidelines are available at:

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