GCS-Supported Undergraduate Team ELBE Competes, Gains HPC Skills at ISC23 Student Cluster Competition
Newsflash 03/2023 –

Even if it was not enough for first place, the cooperative student team ELBE gained experience, knowledge, and a deeper view into the world of high-performance computing during this year's competition.

In advance of this year’s International Supercomputing Conference (ISC23), a cooperative team consisting of students from the University of Hamburg (UHH) and the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg (OVGU) arrived on Sunday, May 21 at Hamburg Congress Centre to get a head start preparing for its big event—the conference’s annual Student Cluster Competition (SCC), a friendly event where international teams of students build a small HPC cluster and run a series of benchmarking challenges and skills assessments. Before the event began, the students made themselves comfortable alongside the other participating teams, moving into its reserved workspace in the ISC exhibition hall that would become home for the next several days.

The SCC went over three days and each day had new challenges. The first day was reserved for the benchmarks, specifically HPL, HPCC and HPCG. On the second and third day, the focus was on applications and the students had to deploy POT3D, Quantum Espresso and FluTAS with the aim of running them as fast as possible on the hardware with a given input. On the third day, the secret application (MILC) also had to be submitted. Here, too, the aim was to get the application to run as quickly as possible for a given input.

The members of the ELBE team were all very satisfied with their participation in the Student Cluster Competition. "Participating in the SCC was an incredible experience for our team,” said Benedict Leuchtenberger, team member from the University of Hamburg.  “It was a unique opportunity to showcase our skills in the field of high-performance computing and compete with other talented students from around the world. Not only did we gain valuable technical knowledge, but we also learned important teamwork and collaboration. The SCC helped us expand our boundaries, overcome challenges, and create unforgettable memories. We are proud to have been part of this outstanding event and will leverage the insights gained for our future personal and professional endeavors."