For the second consecutive year, the University of Texas at Austin's Team Longhorn was named the overall winner of the 2013 Student Cluster Competition (SCC) at the recent SC13 Conference in Denver.
The SCC transpires in real time over 48 hours while student teams from around the world build a cluster on the exhibit floor and vie to demonstrate the highest sustained performance across a series of scientific tasks without exceeding a set power limit, with the winner being the team with the highest-performing cluster.
The Standard Track requires six students and a vendor to design and build a cluster from commercially available elements without going over the 26-amp power limit. Students also were assigned a mystery application, and the core goal is completing the highest number of application runs during the competition. The award of Overall Winner is given to the team that has accrued the most points, while other honors include awards for the highest LINPACK score and Fan Favorite awards.
Meanwhile, the first-ever Commodity Cluster Track involved five-student teams allowed to build any kind of cluster, provided they used commercially available hardware bought for less than $2,500 and stayed within a 15-amp power limit.
From HPC Wire
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