Student Cluster Competition
University of Warsaw / Łódź University of Technology /
Warsaw University of Technology
- Piotr Robert Konopelko (Łódź University of Technology)
- Jarosław Ławnicki (University of Warsaw)
- Marcin Mielniczuk (University of Warsaw)
- Szymon Pajzert (University of Warsaw)
- Dominik Psujek (Warsaw University of Technology)
- Adam Sobecki (University of Warsaw)
Team advisor: Marcin Semeniuk (ICM at the University of Warsaw)
- What is the name of your team and why did you choose it?
Warsaw Team. It’s a complex intrigue aimed at deceiving spies. It started with ASC17 when our team consisted of the students from different Warsaw universities. Since ASC17 we have been recognized as the Warsaw Team. That’s the name where you could find us in the articles on the internet. The origin of the name is the city of Warsaw in which we prepared for the competition and where ICM (an institution which helps us to be well prepared) is located. Furthermore, the whole work of our team is related to Warsaw.
- Why do you think your team will have an edge in the event (what's your secret sauce)?
As a team, we are well organized and open to new challenges, cooperative and have good communication skills. We also believe we can be successful while working hard. Although there is no pressure on us, we aim at doing our best anyway.
- What have you done to prepare that makes your team unique?
We are considering organising 48-hour hackathon for our team to get used to prevailing conditions on the SCC.
- What are you most looking forward to in the competition?
We want to hear our cluster screeching while running HPL benchmark. We would like to feel the competition atmosphere and meet up with our friends from different universities who we had the opportunity to meet during ASC17.
- How long will it take you to get to Denver?
About 18 hours including the connecting flight. We do not find the duration so much exhausting but the time difference, which is 10 hours.
- What do your team members do for fun?
We write code for fun. But as for the other activities not connected with programming we have:
- Piotr Robert Konopelko
Apart from my work (which consumes most of my day time having fun with the best Distributed File System on the world, MooseFS :) I love driving a car. I enjoy long trips outside Warsaw when my eyes rest, away from the computer. In summer I often sail with my friends and we definitely have great time. I also have many other activities, including volunteering in one of student organizations ran by Warsaw University of Technology - Student Internet Television TVPW, where we produce video podcasts about students life in Warsaw both with live broadcasts from different events. We do it non-profit and thanks to this - for fun and for sharing experience to each other. Apart from that, I enjoy riding a bike and playing the guitar (but now rather less than a few years ago). When I really have too much free time (which happens hardly ever :) I love to waste it on watching a good movie or TV series.
- Jarosław Ławnicki - fantasy literature and films
In my spare time I enjoy reading books especially fantasy and to lesser degree also science-fiction. I also like watching films especially from the Marvel universe.
- Marcin Mielniczuk - too many activities
The list of my funtime activities is pretty long, including, but not limited to:
- playing the guitar (I have an acoustic guitar, which doesn’t prevent me from playing killer solos)
- reading books (I have recently discovered the H.P. Lovecraft works and I really, really like them)
- wandering far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Long walks in the forest, off the beaten track is what always constitutes a part of my summer.
- solving math problems is often a source of great satisfaction for me
This basically means that I always have a hard time because of lack of
- Szymon Pajzert
One year ago I started bouldering. I still do it, because I like it. The main advantage of wall climbing is being able to perform it alone and at own pace. Every time you try to set seemingly impossible goal and over time you manage to achieve it. I try to treat it as metaphor of my own lifelong development and encouragement to not give up if I sometimes fall.
- Dominik Psujek
I enjoy reading books, any kind, but mostly science fiction, fantasy, crime novels and thrillers, as well as watching movies. I also like playing platformer and arcade games. But my passion is tinkering with everything possible, hardware, software, even mechanical things, even if they are not connected in any way to computers and microprocessors. I also used to play piano, but it's hard to fit it my schedule sometimes.
- Adam Sobecki – Scuba diving
I am a scuba diver. My passion started 5 years ago when my beloved godmother from Microsoft enrolled me on the Open Water Diver course. Before that, I only dived by holding my breath which provided me up to two minutes under water. After the course, I could dive at a maximum depth of 15 meters and stay underwater much longer. Furthermore, I could see a marine life which is astonishing in some regions of the world. I continued my lust of diving and completed the Advanced Open Water Diver course and finally I did the Rescue Diver course which proved to be the most challenging. Ahead of me there is the Pro path which I willingly enter.
- If your team had a theme song, what would it be?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdWo5zbbGnY This is a humorous programming-themed cover of the Let it Go song, from Disney's Frozen.
- Can you share an interesting fact about your team?
Our team is like the Ship of Theseus. We don’t have any final squad, number of people or mentors. We evolve with every iteration and try to pass the knowledge and identity with every new member.