As Germany's national supercomputing institution, GCS is committed to encourage a wide variety of activities that help promote up and coming experts in the field of high-performance computing (HPC). One of these activities are the Student Cluster Competition (SCC) events which have regularly been scheduled as multiple-day live events during the world’s largest gatherings of the HPC community: (1) the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis “Supercomputing Conference” (SC), held annually in the United States, and (2) the European counterpart of this event, the “International Supercomputing Conference“ (ISC), which is held earlier each year, in late spring, in Germany,

The Student Cluster Competition encourages international teams of university students to showcase their expertise in a friendly yet spirited competition that fosters critical skills, professional relationships, competitive spirit and lifelong comraderies.

Student Cluster Competition at ISC17

GCS proudly cosponsored FAUboyzz, a team of six undergraduate students from Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) who participated in the Student Cluster Competition (SCC) at the International Supercomputing Conference, ISC17. Team FAUboyzz was one of 12 teams accepted for the three-day challenge, held June 19–22 at ISC17. The multi-disciplinary team consists of students studying computational engineering, computer science and medical engineering at FAU.


GCS-sponsored team FAU Boyzz, six students of Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany (FAU), walked away from the Student Cluster Competition (SCC) at ISC17 with the trophy for the coveted SCC High Performance Linpack (HPL) benchmark challenge.