Bring a Team!


Are you a student interested in HPC? Or a faculty or staff member involved in HPC? Consider participating in the Student Cluster Competition!


What You’ll Need


  • Six students interested in HPC (undergraduate or high school)
  • One or more advisors skilled in HPC
  • One or more vendor partners




The Student Cluster Competition (SCC) was developed in 2007 to provide an immersive high performance computing experience to undergraduate and high school students. With sponsorship from hardware and software vendor partners, student teams design and build small clusters, learn designated scientific applications, apply optimization techniques for their chosen architectures, and compete in a non-stop, 48-hour challenge at the SC conference to complete a real-world scientific workload, showing off their HPC knowledge for conference attendees and judges.

Teams are composed of six students, at least one advisor, and vendor partners. The advisor provides guidance and recommendations, the vendor provides the resources (hardware and software) and the students provide the skill and enthusiasm. Students work with their advisors to craft a proposal that describes the team, the suggested hardware, and their approach to the competition. The SCC committee reviews each proposal and provides comments for all submissions received before the deadline.

Selected teams receive full conference registration for each team member and one advisor. Each team is also provided with three hotel rooms (two beds per room) for the students, plus one room (one bed per room) for the advisor. As the competition is part of the Students@SC program, students also get access to the Mentor–Protégé program and the Student/Post-Doc Job Fair. Travel to the conference and per diem are not provided to the students or the advisor. These costs must be borne by the team and its sponsors.


Submit an Application


Interested teams may examine a sample submission and submit a proposal at the SC18 submissions website.

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