Join the SC16 Student Cluster Competition!

The high-performance computing community at Illinois is planning to assemble an SC16 Student Cluster Competition (SCC, http://sc16.supercomputing.org/studentssc/student-cluster-competition/) team. Since 2007, SCC has been a high-visibility opportunity to showcase student expertise in a friendly yet spirited competition. The competition is designed to introduce the next generation of talented students to the international high-performance computing community. Over the years, the competition has drawn teams from around the United States and around the world.

The Illinois team will be sponsored by Jump Trading (Dr. Jeff Ludwig), the Computer Science Department (Prof. Bill Gropp), the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (Prof. Wen-mei Hwu), the NCSA (Dr. Bill Kramer), and the Parallel Computing Institute at Illinois. The team will be meeting as a class in Fall 2016.

Participating students will receive independent study course credit from CS (under Prof. Bill Gropp) or ECE (under Prof. Wen-mei Hwu). The team training will be conducted at the Innovative Systems Lab at NCSA (under Prof. Vlad Kindratenko). Jump Trading will provide the competition hardware, host practice competition, offer supplemental team mentoring and fund travel (under Tod Courtney). There is potentially summer internship arrangements for student participants. We also expect research opportunities for team members. We expect to accept 6 competing members (seniors and juniors) and 4 understudy members (juniors and sophomores).

We expect students to be familiar with parallel computing and HPC architecture before the training starts in the Fall 2016 semester. We expect students to work for about 12 hours per week during the Fall 2016 semester, which will equal to a 4-credit-hour independent study course. If selected by the SCC organizer, the team will travel to Salt Lake City for the competition from November 12 -17, 2016. It is critical that all team members make this trip. The team members will have opportunities to participate in other conference events and the winning team receives an internationally recognized award.

Interested students should fill out the following application form and submit it to Prof. Kindratenko (kindrtnk [at] illinois [dot] edu) by March 17 for full consideration.

03/09/2016 - 20:06