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SC12 SCC Team Profiles: China Looks for Sweep PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 06 November 2012 08:00

2012 is the Year of the Dragon according to Chinese astrologers, and it’s been a most auspicious year for Chinese HPC student cluster teams. So far this year (yes, you damned nitpickers, I’m keeping in mind that Chinese New Year began on 2/4/2012), China has dominated the Student Cluster Competition circuit. Their Tsinghua and NUDT university teams took both the Overall and highest LINPACK awards at ISC’12 in Hamburg. With wins at the upcoming competition at SC12 in Salt Lake City, they have a solid chance to finish out the 2012 season undefeated. This hasn’t happened since… well, never. Up until 2012, the only student cluster competitions were held at the annual US-based SC conference. With the addition of a cluster competition at the European ISC shows, we now have a full-fledged circuit, right?

(For details on the competition and rules, click here and here.)

China is sending two teams to the Great Salt Lake Siege. Let’s take a closer look at them:

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SC12 SCC Team Profiles: Texas x 2 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 06 November 2012 00:00

People in most US states would be ecstatic (or, perhaps, totally indifferent) to hear that one of their universities made it to the 2012 Student Cluster Competition (SCC) in Salt Lake City, but the state of Texas wanted more. So they’re sending two teams to the Great Salt Lake Siege. Details on competition rules, applications, and prizes are here and here. (Since there aren’t any prizes, I didn’t have to write a story about them, thus no link.) Go ahead and read those articles; I’ll pause here until you catch up…

With that out of the way, let’s take a closer look at the Texas combatants:

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SC12: Student Cluster Challenge Apps: Something for Every Wonk PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 November 2012 12:00

The apps for this year’s edition of the SC12 Student Cluster Competition are the typical mix of HPC workloads, chosen to represent a range of scientific disciplines and computational challenges. In order to drink deeply from the chalice of victory student teams will need to crawl inside each of the apps, find the bottlenecks, and figure out how to work around them – or make them less bottlenecky. (Note: there is no actual chalice of victory in the Student Cluster Competition. But there should be, don’t you think?)

Here are the scientific apps that the students will be wrestling with this year in Salt Lake City:

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SC12: Field of Dreams PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 November 2012 00:00

It’s November, which can mean only one thing for computer sports enthusiasts: it’s time for another Student Cluster Competition. The seventh edition of this annual event begins in about two weeks at the SC12 conference in beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah. The competition pits teams of university undergrads against each other in a marathon battle to prove that they can design, build, and run the fastest (and most efficient) cluster.

There are two different tracks in the competition this year. The first is the traditional  ‘build your own hardware’ big iron track in which students design, build, and optimize their own clusters. The second track is a new pilot competition: teams are issued the same hardware (a six-node, Atom-based LittleFE cluster in a box) and challenged to wring the most performance out of it. This article discusses the big iron track; I’ll take a look at the LittleFe competition in an upcoming story.

For the big iron competition, the rules are pretty simple. Each team is composed of six undergraduate students, typically from a single university. The teams design and build their own clusters, getting equipment from one or more sponsors. They can use any hardware or software that’s available on the market and that they can wheedle out of their sponsors. The only limit on their systems is that they can’t draw more than a total of 26 amps of juice.

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Radio Free HPC, Episode 13: Melting Amazon's Glacier PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 22 October 2012 00:00

Today’s podcast features a sleep-deprived, rage-fueled Henry Newman assailing Glacier, Amazon’s cloud archive and backup offering.

Amazon is pitching Glacier as a solution for customers who don’t need frequent access to their data and can handle retrieval times of several hours. The big enticements are low, low cost – as little as a penny per gigabyte per month – and durability.

Dan and Henry weed through each facet of Amazon’s marketing claims and – well – rip each one to shreds. Henry thinks this is aimed at the unsuspecting/unfortunate home or small business consumer, as anyone with technology expertise will run far, far away from Glacier. Dan compares it to the “Roach Motel” of storage: once you’re in, you can never get out. And don’t even get them started on the definition of “durable.”

Viewer tip: keep an eye on the “consecutive hours awake” timer at the bottom of the screen.

You can also read Henry’s blog on the topic here.

Check the Radio Free HPC website for new episodes and more great content from Rich Brueckner of insideHPCHenry Newman of Instrumental, Inc., and GCG's Dan Olds.

 

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