RFHPC167: A Preview of the SC17 Student Cluster Competition

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team previews the SC17 Student Cluster Competition.

“In this real-time, non-stop, 48-hour challenge, teams of undergraduate and/or high school students assemble a small cluster on the exhibit floor and race to complete a real-world workload across a series of applications and impress HPC industry judges.” 

Dan’s got the inside scoop on all the new wrinkles of the competition this year, where 16 international student teams will go head-to-head. There’s an all high school squad from Indiana, returning champs from China, and an all-new cloud computing component utilizing Cycle Computing on Azure.

After that, we do our Catch of the Week:

  • Rich notes that a couple of SC17 events will be livestreamed for the folks back home:
    • SC17 Plenary on Smart Cities, Nov 13. The Smart Cities initiative looks to improve the quality of life for residents using HPC, urban informatics, and other technologies to improve the efficiency of services. The event starts at 5:30pm on Monday, Nov. 13 in the Colorado Convention Center.
    • D-Wave Quantum Computing Seminar & Livestream, Nov. 13. “We will discuss quantum computing, the D-Wave 2000Q system and software, the growing software ecosystem, an overview of some user projects, and how quantum computing can be applied to problems in optimization, machine learning, cyber security, and sampling.” Register for the in-person event at the Denver Athletic Club. You can also join them for the Livestream.
  • Shahin shares his notion that the rise of blockchain demonstrates that “distributed trust” is computationally expensive and therefore offers an emerging market for High Performance Computing. We are already seeing how computationally expensive AI processing is already boosting the HPC market.
  • Dan reminds our listeners attending SC17 to join us at the Guard and Grace Steakhouse in Denver for a live Podcast recording starting at 6:00 pm on Saturday, Nov. 11.

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