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The Global High-performance Computing Challenge ¡V Taiwanese Team won the SCC Championship

2010/12/01

The student team from National Tsing Hua University, led by the HPC team of National Center for High-performance Computing (NCHC) and Prof. Yeh-Ching Chuang of National Tsing Hua University, won the championship in Student Cluster Competition (SCC). NCHC’s robust activity in the cultivation of high-performance computing talent has achieved tremendous accomplishments.

SC: The Cutting-edge High-performance Computing Conference
The Supercomputing Conference (SC Conference) is the most important and notable international high-performance computing conference. The list of Top 500 supercomputers is announced in this meeting every year. Since the first meeting in 1988, SC has undergone more than twenty years of growth and witnessed the most cutting-edge developments and research achievements in high-performance computing. Starting from 2007, SC has encouraged students and teachers to participate in high- performance computing research by establishing the Student Cluster Competition (SCC). After competitions in four consecutive years, SCC has become the most indicative competition in SC.

NCHC: The Pioneer of Cluster Computers in Taiwan
Since the founding year 1991, NCHC has considered providing users with the best high-performance computing environment as one of its main missions. In response to changes of international HPC trends and in order to enhance service quality, in 1999, the NCHC organized a cluster computer research team to strengthen core technologies. In 2003, the NCHC constructed the first cluster computer Formosa I, which was ranked 135th in the world’s top 500. In 2005, NCHC launched Formosa II, which gained accolades from its users. Responding to governmental promotion of the cloud computing industry, the NCHC established Formosa III this year, which provides a reliable and advanced high performance computing environment that facilitates technological innovations for both industry and academia.

Standing out at the 46.5-hour international cluster computing contest
The purpose of SCC is to promote cluster computing knowledge and enhance the cluster computing education. Teams consisting of college students and sponsor groups competed in SCC. Through 46.5-hour competition, each team was challenged with technical strength, vigor, and endurance. Teams from North American and Europe won the championship titles in the first three successive years; however, the contest of 2010 was even more competitive than previous years, which demanded students’ professional knowledge, cooperation, and reactions, as students were required to demonstrate their computing capacity under resource constraints. The team that solved the most number of problems won the championship. This year, with the sponsorship of Acer and Tatung System Technologies Inc., the NCHC and the National Tsing Hua University represented Taiwan in the contest and were awarded the championship.

NCHC welcomes schools to attend SCC Taiwan
To promote high-performance computing in Taiwan and educate professionals in this field, since 2001, the NCHC has hosted various types of software competitions. In 2007, the NCHC first introduced SCC to Taiwan and actively mobilized colleges to attend the contest. In 2011, the NCHC will host SCC Taiwan, which serves as a warm-up match before sending teams to SCC11. All colleges are welcome to attend the competition. Hopefully Taiwan’s teams will win the championship again in 2011.

the group picture of NARL, NTHU, and Acer
President Wen-Hua Chen of National Applied Research Laboratories (front row, second from right), President Li-Chun Chen of National Tsing Hua University (front row middle) , Professor Yeh-ching Chung of National Tsing Hua University (front row, second from left), Director Kuo-Ning Chiang of the NCHC (front row, first from right), Vice President Shan-Cheng Chang of Acer (front raw, first from left), and students.

 

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