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Supercomputing Competition

Utah high school students are invited to participate in the 2013 Utah High School Supercomputing Competition (UHSSC) to be held at the University of Utah on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Applications are due by Sunday, December 30, 2012. So, don’t delay in submitting your application for the opportunity to participate in this event. Teams will be announced as the applications are received.

The Supercomputing Competition is an event sponsored by the University of Utah’s Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC) and will provide Utah High School Supercomputing Competition (UHSSC) participants with a chance to become familiar with supercomputing. This competition provides an opportunity for Utah students to learn hands-on about the art of programming computer clusters.

The UHSSC uses retired supercomputers that are no longer suitable for research, but are more than suitable for use by high school students. This year the UHSSC will be using the Bootable Cluster CD distribution. Each of the clusters have been modified to have a faster interconnect and a more portable form factor.

WHAT: Utah High School Supercomputing Competition
WHO: Twelve selected Utah high school teams
WHERE: The Competition will be held as part of the Salt Lake Valley Science
and Engineering Fair at the University of Utah.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
HOW: Visit uhssc.org to apply. This year, the application process has changed to allow any motivated team a chance to participate. Please ask your mentor to contact Dan McGuire for more details.

Applications are due no later than December 30, 2012. Teams will be announced as the applications are received, so don’t delay submitting your application.

Twelve teams will be selected to compete in the Supercomputing Competition. Six to ten students and one mentor will comprise each team. Each team will execute the following two challenges:

  1. Software Optimization Challenge: This challenge requires that each team write an application to evaluate the “roundness” of a range of integers from a given minimum value to a given maximum value, where the minimum value is greater than zero and the maximum value is less than 10 million. The application should sort these numbers first by roundness, then by numerical value.
  2.  The “Hotseat” Challenge: The teams are presented with a problem and asked to generate the code and optimize their system at the SLVSEF site. Teams will have 6 hours to complete this challenge.

Cash awards will be awarded to the winning teams. A $400 award will be awarded to the team winning the Software Optimization Challenge and a $600 award will be awarded to the team that wins the Hotseat Challenge.

Hurry and don’t delay, apply now for the opportunity to compete in this Supercomputing Competition!

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