Reinventing HPC


17 teams selected to perform virtual and live challenges showcasing ingenuity, skills and mastery of high performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI)

Hamburg, Germany, December 10, 2021 – Launching a second decade of collaboration, the HPC-AI Advisory Council (HPCAIAC) and ISC Group today announced the student teams selected to take part in the 11th annual ISC-HPCAIAC Student Cluster Competition (SCC). Representing the first hybrid SCC, the competition commences in 2022, with a virtual contest that will take place over several months and culminating with a return to the more traditional SCC format, where five Europe-based teams will compete in a live challenge during the 37th ISC High Performance conference and exhibition. That event will take place in Hamburg, Germany from 29 May – 02 June, 2022. The 17 teams selected for the 2022 competition, represent the following institutions:

  • Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC), South Africa
  • Computing Insight UK/CIUK, United Kingdom
  • The University of Edinburgh/EPCC, United Kingdom
  • Universidad EAFIT, Colombia
  • ETH Zürich, Switzerland
  • Georgia Tech, United States
  • Universität Hamburg & Universität Magdeburg, Germany
  • Universität Heidelberg, Germany
  • Monash University, Australia
  • Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore
  • Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), United States
  • ShanghaiTech University, China
  • Southern University of Science and Technology (SUST), China
  • Sun Yat-Sen University (SYSU), China
  • Tsinghua University, China
  • Zhejiang University, China

Canada’s University of Toronto/SciNet Centre will continue its generous support for the virtual challengers for a second year and will be joined by the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. The two centers will provide the 2022 student teams with mentoring and real-world, hands-on experience with dedicated cycle-time on the flagship supercomputers at their respective centers.

Following the virtual heat and marking a return to the competition’s live format, five European teams will demonstrate team-architected platforms and performance prowess in an intensive three-day challenge during ISC22 with winners revealed at the closing ceremony. Teams taking home top honors must achieve the highest performance across a series of standard benchmarks, applications, and tasks. The virtual competition will award the three top teams that achieve the highest cumulative scores from interviews, team ingenuity and application results. The onsite challenge will award the ‘Fan Favorite’; highest LINPACK and overall winner, based on the highest cumulative scores and team interviews.

“It’s an honor to welcome the 2022 competitors and to be in the position to host a handful of teams on the show floor in Hamburg. We extend our best wishes to all of the 17 teams and are profoundly grateful to the students, advisors and all of their backers whose support is as integral to the competition as it is to a team’s development and success,” said Martin Meuer, co-general chair of ISC High Performance. Beyond awards and accolades, their admirable drive, enthusiasm and efforts are invigorating and most importantly, already guarantees these dauntless students very promising futures.”

“Considering the incredible uncertainty that still looms, the total turnout, demographics and diversity of entries and final selections for next year’s competition is astounding. It’s a testament to students, the entire community of supporters, and to the advantages gained through this collaborative competition,” said Gilad Shainer, chairman of the HPC-AI Advisory Council. “We wish best of luck to all, look forward to an exciting competition, and sincerely thank the ISC Group for their tremendous collaboration in helping cultivate the growing field of participants.”

Find out more: ISC22 Competition

About ISC High Performance 2022

ISC 2022 will be held at the beautiful Congress Center Hamburg, which is conveniently linked with all parts of the city by bus and train lines. Come join our community of attendees, speakers and exhibitors who will be busy attending the event during the day and enjoying the Hamburg nightlife during the evenings.

ISC 2022 will be an on-site event with some digital elements. It will showcase the latest advancements in HPC, encompassing all the key developments happening in system design, applications, programming models, machine learning, and emerging technologies.

First held in 1986, ISC High Performance distinguishes itself as the world’s oldest and Europe’s most significant forum for the HPC, machine learning and high performance data analytics communities.

About HPC-AI Advisory Council

Founded in 2008, The HPC-AI Advisory Council (HPCAIAC) is a for community benefit organization with over 400 members committed to promoting HPC and AI through education and outreach. Find out more, become a member


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