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Supercomputing Competition

Are you passionate about computing? Would you describe yourself as an analytical thinker, independent, logical, curious, and observant? Are you good at solving math problems, focusing your attention, understanding scientific theories, and applying existing technology in creative ways? Do you use or write computer programs, play or develop video games, or try out new technology? Do you continually think about new ways to program a computer? Have you always wanted to work on a supercomputer, programming a multi-processor environment?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions then you will want to apply for the opportunity to participate in the upcoming Supercomputing Competition that will be held this spring.

The Supercomputing Competition is an event put on 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.

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 recycling an Angstrom Titan64 Supercomputer, provided by CHPC, to build ten smaller machines which will be used by the UHSSC teams.

WHAT: Supercomputing Competition

WHO: All Utah high school students

WHERE: The Competition will be held as part of the Salt Lake Valley Science
and Engineering Fair at the University of Utah.

WHEN: March 28, 2012

HOW: Visit uhssc.org to apply. Applications are due December 15, 2011.

Eight 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 three challenges:

  1. Systems Optimization Challenge: Each team will modify their system running identical code, and minimize the execution time.
  2. Software Optimization Challenge: Each team will be running with the same system parameters and modify and extend a software module to minimize the execution time.
  3. The “Hotseat” Challenge: The teams are presented with a problem and asked to generate the code and optimize their system at the SLVSEF site.

The execution times of the three challenges will be combined to assign a Grand Prize winner.

Don’t delay. Apply now for the opportunity to compete in this Supercomputing Competition!

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