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GCS Supports Three German University Teams in 2018 ISC Student Cluster Competition


Berlin/Germany, June 7, 2018—The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) is pleased to announce that it is sponsoring three German student teams competing in the Student Cluster Competition (SCC) at the 2018 International Supercomputing Conference (ISC18), taking place June 24–28 in Frankfurt, Germany. Twelve teams will participate in the competition, including the three German teams representing Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Universität Hamburg, and Heidelberg University.

GCS has sponsored SCC teams for 4 consecutive years in order to encourage students to take a deeper interest in HPC and develop more HPC skills in Germany. This is the first time GCS has helped three German teams participate in the event. “One of GCS’ primary missions is supporting HPC education, and we are proud to be assisting three German teams—our most ever—in this year’s competition,” says Dr. Claus-Axel Müller, Managing Director of GCS.

Taking place at both the ISC and the SC supercomputing conferences every year, the SCC is an international contest for undergraduates from a variety of disciplines and background to test their high-performance computing skills in real time. The fast-paced, three-day competition requires the student teams to build their own clusters and run a variety of applications and benchmarks. Along the way, teams are exposed to different scenarios, such as an unannounced power outage or pop quizzes to test their HPC knowledge. Teams are judged on application performance and accuracy as well as their systems’ energy efficiency.

FAU Team “Danger High FAUltage"Team “Danger High FAUltage” from Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) comprises students from the different fields of computational engineering, computer science, and chemistry. From left: Alexander Lieret, Alina Öz, Raphael Mayr, Christian Vögl, Christian Zöllner, Tobias Müller.
Copyright: FAU

SCC Team at ISC18: Universität HamburgThe team from Universität Hamburg features students with a background in informatics, software systems development, computing in science, and information systems. Left to right: Julius Plehn, Daniel Bremer, Johannes Coym, Michael Blesel, Jannek Squar, Leonhard Reichenbach, Michael Kuhn, Niklas Wittmer, Oliver Pola.
Copyright: Universität Hamburg

SCC Team at ISC18: Heidelberg UniversityHeidelberg University is a newcomer to the SCC at ISC. The team members study physics, mathematics, scientific computing, and applied computer science. From left to right: Zihan Liu, Yajie Liang, Erik Schnetter, Bálint Soproni, Susanne de Vasconcelos Barros Malheiros, Aksel Alpay.
Copyright: Heidelberg University

Find here a detailed introduction of the three German student teams participating in ISC18's SCC.

About GCS: The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) combines the three national supercom-puting centres HLRS (High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart), JSC (Jülich Supercomputing Centre), and LRZ (Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, Garching near Munich) into Germany’s Tier-0 supercomputing institution. Together the three centres provide the largest and most powerful supercomputing infrastructure in all of Europe and serve a wide range of industrial and research activities across various disciplines. They also provide top-tier training and education for the national as well as the European High Performance Computing (HPC) community. GCS is the German member of PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe), an international non-profit association consisting of 25 member countries, whose representative organizations create a pan-European supercomputing infrastructure, providing access to computing and data management resources and services for large-scale scientific and engineering applications at the highest performance level.

GCS is jointly funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the federal states of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia. It has its headquarters in Berlin/Germany. (


Regina Weigand, GCS Public Relations
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