From left to right: Pascal Kraft, Florian Wilhelm, Markus Grotz, Christian Winckler, Eva Ketelaer, Robin Lutz, Jos Ewert and Claudia Pfreundt

In this international competition of the HPC Advisory Council  which is carried out during the International Supercomputing Conference 2012 (ISC’12 ) in Hamburg, our team named “kluster” competes against four international teams. Two of these teams are from China and two from the USA which makes our team the only successful application from Europe.

The goal of the competition  is the construction of a compute cluster from state-of-the-art hardware in order to gain the most performance while being energy-efficient. According to the rules of the competition, the team with the cluster that processes a set of benchmarks from scientific software the fastest with respect to a power restriction of 3000 Watt is the winner. To overcome this challenge, the “kluster” team has to apply methods and techniques from the scientific domains of mathematics, physics and computer sciences.

This is also reflected by the fact that our team is composed of students from different majors that cover these fields. The “kluster” team has already come up with a promising cluster configuration and is now in the process of software optimization.