Tsinghua University Wins Student Supercomputing Competition At SC18

A computing cluster built by students from Tsinghua University outperformed those of 14 other international teams in a variety of tasks, including parallel deep learning and weather forecasting.

AsianScientist (Nov. 29, 2018) – A team of undergraduate students from Tsinghua University, China, has won the Student Cluster Competition at the SC18 supercomputing conference in Dallas, Texas, US.

Inaugurated in 2007, the Student Cluster Competition aims to provide high school and undergraduate students with an immersive experience in high performance computing. This year, 15 universities from across the globe competed to build their own computing clusters, which were ranked using the high performance Linpack benchmark and the high performance conjugate gradient benchmark.

The computing clusters also had to be able to perform parallel deep learning, particle transport simulation, earthquake simulation and weather forecasting. To make the contest more challenging, the power of each team’s cluster must not exceed 3,000 watts during the entire 48-hour competition.

The winning team from Tsinghua University consisted of undergraduates Mr. Yu Jiping, Mr. Yu Xinjian, Mr. He Jiaao, Mr. Zheng Liyan, Mr. Zhao Chenggang and Mr. Lou Chenyao. They achieved an overall score of 88.398 out of a maximum score of 100, outperforming the first runner-ups from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, by 11.518 points.

The Tsinghua team received support from Mr. Cao Huanqi, Mr. Feng Guanyu and Mr. Wang Miao, graduate students of the Institute of High Performance Computing at Tsinghua University. Associate Professor Zhai Jidong and postdoctoral researcher Dr. Han Wentao of Tsinghua University were also present to offer advice.


Source: Tsinghua University; Photo: Shutterstock.
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