Team South Africa Wins! No I’m not talking about the World Cup or some sailing competition, but the Student Cluster Competition, the world’s most prestigious high performance computing contest involving higher education students.


Education and high performance computing (HPC) naturally go together. The two are so entwined because a lot of important scientific research takes place at institutions of higher education. It’s always exciting to watch the Student Cluster Challenge events, now held twice a year at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) in Germany in June, and the Supercomputing (SC) event held in the United States each November. The competition makes university-based teams compete and demonstrate the incredible capabilities of state-of-the-art HPC systems and applications on the event show-floor.

The latest winner at ISC’13 is the CHPC team from South Africa, and here are some interesting facts from this June’s winning team:

  • Only one of two teams that completed each competition phase
  • The youngest team in the competion, consisting of all under-graduates
  • Cluster Computing System Stats: Dell PowerEdge R320/R720 servers, Dual Xeon E5-2660 processors, 512 GH member, Mellanox FDR IB, NVIDIA K20 cards

The Student Cluster Challenge is one of my favorite programs that Dell supports – and has turned out to be a fun and unexpected program to be involved with! Under a theme of Inspiring the next generation HPC professional, Dell has sponsored multiple teams in the Student Cluster Challenge for several years. We’re thrilled another team Dell has sponsored has come out on top.  Just six months ago, the University of Texas, aslo supported by Dell, won the Student Cluster Challenge at SC12 in Salt Lake City. The reality is, this program is providing a venue for students to get involved and learn about what an exciting industry and career path the world of HPC presents. So congratulations to all of the teams who competed this year, and we’ll be watching for the next friendly yet spirited competition at SC13 in Denver.

Read more about this win from insideHPC