RFHPC193: Results from the ASC18 Student Cluster Competition

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team reviews the results of the ASC 2018 Student Cluster Competition.

“The ASC 2018 Student Supercomputer Challenge finalist were announced on March 20, 2018. Twenty of the 300+ enrolled teams around the world including: Tsinghua University-China, Friedrich-Alexander, Erlangen-Nuremberg University- Germany, Saint Petersburg State University – Russia, University of Miskolc – Hungary, Texas A&M University – USA, and Hong Kong Baptist University, will compete from May 5 to 9, 2018 in the final round at Nanchang University. The 20 finalists will design and build supercomputers up to 3,000 Watts, solve exceptionally difficult problems in AI reading comprehension, perform RELION optimization as a core application of the Nobel winning cryo-electron microscopy, and utilize CFL3D, HPL, and HPCG.”

In this video, Overall Winners Team Tsinghua describe their efforts to master the Siesta Mystery Application.

Satoshi Matsuoka shows off the prototype board fro the Post K Supercomputer coming to RIKEN.

After that, we do our Catch of the Week:

  • Shahin was excited to see photos of the Post K Supercomputer Prototype. ARM processors will provide the computational muscle behind one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, replacing the current K computer at the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS) in Japan.
  • Dan wants to know if the coveted space in front of the jetliner bulkhead is an acceptable passageway.
  • Rich is impressed with the new Tachyum Prodigy chip. According to Tachyum, the new chip has “ten times the processing power per watt” and is capable of running the world’s most complex compute tasks.

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