Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Supercomputing Cluster Challenge Won By The University Of Alberta (Canada)

Cluster Challenge

"A team of undergraduates from the University of Alberta, Canada, won the inaugural Supercomputing cluster challenge, a three-day cluster-building marathon, during the SC07 (International Conference For High Performance Computing, Networking, and Analysis) held at Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Nevada,USA on November 10-16, 2007. Competing teams assembled small clusters on the exhibit floor, running benchmarks and applications selected by industry and high performance computing veterans.

Power consumption was limited: each team was allowed just a single 26 amp, 110 volt circuit. Clusters were judged on the speed of benchmarks and throughput of application runs.

The University of Alberta’s winning system was a 64-core (Xeon 2.66GHz) system with 20Gbit InfiniBand and 16GB of memory running Scientific Linux. The competition was designed to show how accessible clusters have become: the systems built by the student teams would have been considered top-of-the-line super computers just ten years ago."


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