About the team
We will represent Heidelberg University in the Student Cluster Competition, taking place at the ISC High Performance computer forum from June 25-27, 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany. Supported by our team coaches from the Heidelberg University Computing Centre, we will try to build the fastest, most efficient (and perhaps even best-looking?) high-performance computing cluster we can, a cluster that we hope will outperform all of the other 11 clusters in the competition. It will be a fantastic experience to tackle this challenge as a team!
Our team consists of people from different study programs: applied computer science, mathematics, physics and scientific computing. We are a diverse group united in our eagerness and our will to excel at this competition. Our study programs at Heidelberg University actively encourage us to make use of and foster our IT skills in our respective fields. We hope that this diversity of characters, mindsets, and skills will give us an edge in the race for the highest-performing cluster.
No matter the outcome of the compeition, we hope to learn more about the intricacies and pitfalls of building our own HPC cluster, and we also look forward to meeting our fellow competitors - other students from all around the world - as well as members of the HPC community and industry.
Susanne de Vasconcelos Barros Malheiros
Dr. Martin Baumann
Santiago Ospina De Los Rios
Dr. Sabine Richling
M.Sc. Physics, 7th semester
"I have always enjoyed working with large parallel computers, and I look forward to applying my skills together with a motivated team. By challenging my skills in this competition, I hope that I can further polish them. Additionally, I am interested in getting to know the industry better, in particular with possible future career paths in mind."
B. Sc. Physics, 4th semester
"As I am a physics student, an interesting and attractive question for me is how to handle massive data and how to do efficient computation, e.g. star database or information from particle collision. After learning about programming and software, I realized people should not only implement effective algorithms but they should also figure out the optimal combination of hardware, which directly determines its limit of capacity and efficiency."
M.Sc. Scientific Computing, 7th semester
"It is two years now since I first came in contact with a high performance computer. I did a seminar in which I simulated a computational fluid dynamics problem describing the fluid flow within an HPC rack. It was so exciting to use an HPC system and to really feel its power. With great enthusiasm, I am looking forward to building a highly efficient and powerful cluster, with my further career paths in mind."
Mathematics, 8th semester
"Studying in the (traditionally) rather theoretical field of mathematics, I am always on the lookout for opportunities to round out my abstract knowledge with practical hands-on experiences. Thus, computers have always been my personal playground, enabling me to tinker and tweak machines to my heart's desire. The Student Cluster Competition allows me to take my passion to the next level."
B. Sc. Applied Computer Science, 2nd semester
"I participate because I believe that this competition is a very good opportunity to further my understanding of the working and technical structure of computer clusters, and it provides hands-on experience with high-performance computer hardware, which I find a very valuable opportunity. Moreover, I firmly believe that I am able to learn from the more knowledgeable members of our team and eventually to win the competition."
Susanne de Vasconcelos Barros Malheiros
B.Sc. Applied Computer Science, 2nd semester
"Taking part in the Student Cluster Competition is a great opportunity for me to gain first-hand practical experience. Moreover, I feel that getting in contact with IT firms and possible future employers [...] during the conference in Frankfurt is undoubtedly a unique and very exciting prospect. I am really looking forward to working hard alongside a team full of passionate and knowledgeable people to face this new and thrilling challenge and to build an HPC."
The final team members (from left to right):
Zihan Liu, Yajie Liang, Erik Schnetter, Bálint Soproni, Susanne de Vasconcelos Barros Malheiros, Aksel Alpay
About the Student Cluster Competition
The ISC-HPCAC Student Cluster Competition is an annual event that brings together 12 student teams from universities all over the world in a friendly race to build the highest-performing HPC system on site. From June 25-27, 2018, each team can prove their HPC skills by building an HPC system that can handle various standard HPC applications and benchmarks with ease and that outperforms the other teams' HPC clusters. The competition takes place at the ISC High Performance in Frankfurt, the largest high-performance computing forum in Europe.
For more information on the event, visit the official site of the competition.