Taiwanese Team Won the Championship in SCC Again
Taiwan showed its tremendous supercomputing strength to the world once again. The Taiwanese team, comprised of National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), National Center for High-performance Computing (NCHC), Acer, and NVIDIA, participated and won the world championship again in this year’s Student Cluster Competition (SCC11) of the SC Conference.
Following the initial review phase, eight teams entered this year’s final competition. Contesting teams included the NTHU team from Taiwan, the NUDT team (National University of Defense Technology) trained by builders of Tianhe-1 from China, four American teams from Purdue University, University of Texas at Austin, Boston University, and University of Colorado respectively, Nizhni Novgorod State University team from Russia, and Costa Rican Institute of Technology team from Costa Rica. This year, with the assistance from NCHC and support from Acer and NVIDIA, NTHU was once again crowned the champion of SCC. In addition to appreciating the support from companies, the team leader, Professor Yeh-Ching Chung, also affirmed the NCHC’s effort on fostering HPC talents for the country.
NCHC has been devoted to the HPC development in Taiwan. Since the SC Conference first hosted the Student Cluster Competition (SCC) in 2007, NCHC had actively guided Taiwan’s universities to group teams for participation. Moreover, NCHC had specially organized the NCHC SCC activity in 2011, seen as the warm-up game for the SCC World Series. In NCHC SCC, NCHC not only provided participants with the hardware to build their own clusters and to adjust the HPCC efficiency, but also ran a Cluster Study Camp and trained participants to enhance their practice and experience for international SCCs.
NCHC Director Kuo-Ning Chiang indicated that it was great to see the Taiwanese team captured a terrific result and continued to shine in the SCC once again. This award was especially significant for the country’s fostering of HPC talents and enhancing of soft power. In the future, NCHC will continue to promote HPC in Taiwan, to pass on experience from generation to generation, to enable more outstanding talents in the HPC field to shine brilliantly on the international stage.
The group photo of Director Kuo-Ning Chiang (the first one from left), NTHU students, and Professor Yeh-ching Chung (the first one from right) at the SC Conference.