ASC13 Invitation Letter

To all universities in Asia and whom it may concern:

In contrary to the fast GDP growth, the R&D and application of supercomputer in Asia need more efforts. For instance, the total shares of Asian supercomputers in Top500 are less than 10%. Europe and America have paid great attention on the student supercomputer challenge, especially in SC and ISC. However, in Asia, till now, no such student supercomputer challenge is held yet. This time, we cordially need your supports to realize it.

For the universities, the challenge is a great opportunity for public exposure, showing your university culture, training ability demonstration, and attracting international talents. During the challenge, students will obtain intense hands-on training with actual cases study, meet with international peers, and probably find their next step to higher education organization or job providers.

In order to promote the training, study, and application of supercomputing, the first Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC) will be held in China on April, 2013. With the supports from INSPUR, the host university is Shanghai Jiao Tong University. To participate in the challenge, each Asian university need to send one team, which includes six students and one advisor. The students must be undergraduates. Please refer to SC and ISC.

Procedure

 

 

Awards

Overall Gold Winner: 100K RMB.

Overall Silver Winner: 50K RMB.

Highest LINPACK: 10K RMB

Best MIC application performance: 10K RMB

The FAQ for ASC13 is provided for your perusal. We sincerely welcome your university to participate in this upcoming event soon.

Thank you very much.

Very truly yours,

 

Yizhong Gu, President of ASC Committee

Committee of Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC) 2013

Why ASC

Student training is the one of most important tasks of universities. While, the student training should not be limited in the classroom, but also in the practice, including contest. This is why Europe and America pay great attention on the student contests, especially on the supercomputing, for instance student cluster challenges in SC and ISC. However, in Asia, till now, no such student cluster challenge is held yet. This time, we need you supports to make this happen.

Why Supercomputing

A supercomputer is a computer at the frontline of current processing capacity, particularly speed of calculation. Supercomputing includes but not limit to the hardware (cluster), the software, and the applications, which are highly calculation-intensive tasks such as problems including,

Supercomputing relates to the department of computer science, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, meteorology, and finance and so on.

Why Student Cluster Challenge

The Student Cluster Challenge is widely taken as an opportunity to showcase student expertise in a friendly yet spirited competition. In this challenge, students demonstrate their incredible capabilities of state-of- the-art supercomputing hardware, software, and application. It not only introduces the next generation of the supercomputing community, but also inspires the direction of the supercomputing development. Hence, the challenge brings a victory for many sides.

For the university, the challenge is an opportunity for

For the student, the challenge is an opportunity for

For the society, the challenge is an opportunity for

Why Asia Student Cluster Challenge

The global GDP statistics and prediction. ( Courtesy Ernst & Young Global Limited)

Since 2000, the remarkable GDP growth rate in Asian countries has topped the globe. To keep this rate, governments in Asia already note the importance to develop the high and new technology. Supercomputing, as one of the frontier information technology, definitely should not be underestimated. However, in this domain, Asia needs more effort. The total shares of Asian supercomputer in Top 500 are less than 10% as the figure shown below.

Unfortunately, in Asia, till now, no student cluster challenge is held yet, contrary to the popular attention in America and Europe, for instance student cluster challenges in SC and ISC.

No doubt, we need action and need to do now.

Who We Are

Asia student cluster challenge (ASC) committee is composed with organizers, scientists, and government officials. The committee member list is attached. We expect and welcome more international scientists and governors join this committee.

What have been accomplished

1. In 2012, Tsinghua University won the Overall Award in ISC12 student cluster competition

2. In 2012, National University of Defense Technology won the LINPACK Award in ISC12 student cluster competition

3. In 2012, National University of Defense Technology won the LINPACK Award in SC12 student cluster competition

4. The 1st Chinese University Student Cluster Competition,with 30 teams participation.

 

Supports needed

Funding

Till now, we have attracted the sponsorship from industry, such as INSPUR and INTEL. More funding and sponsorship are highly welcomed.

Public Relationship

 

 

Committees

Organization

Organizer

Associate organizer

Supporting organizer

Advisory committee

Chair

Member

Expert committee

Chair

Vice chair

Member

Evaluation committee

Chair

Member

Organization committee

Chair

Member

 

 

Frequently Asked Question

Background

Europe and America have paid great attention on the student supercomputer challenge, especially in SC and ISC. However, in Asia, till now, no such student supercomputer challenge has been held yet. This time, we need your supports to make this happen.

1. With the supports from INSPUR, Tsinghua University won the Overall Award in ISC12 student cluster competition.

2. With the supports from INSPUR, National University of Defense Technology won the LINPACK Awards in ISC12 and SC12 student cluster competition.

Q1. Benefits from the challenge

Promote the fundamental and applicable technology; improve the students’ ability to tackle the actual problems; motivate the interests of students to study supercomputing; meet with international peers, and probably find their next step to higher education organization or explore job opportunities.

Q2. Registration Fees

No.

Q3. When and where

The preliminary contest will be held in late Feb with the submission of the proposal through email.

The final challenge will be held in Mid Apr. The qualified teams are required to deploy a cluster, conduct Linpack, conduct applications, and present results in Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Q4. Procedure

Register -> Submit proposal -> Proposal rank -> Final challenge -> Award

Q5. Is it required to register before submit the proposal

Yes.

Q6. How to register

Fill in the registration form, stamp, and email back to the committee before Jan 25th, 2013.

Q7. When to submit proposal

The deadline to submit the proposal will be noticed subsequently. Once the committees confirm the registration, you will be advised (with other teams) the information of the preliminary contest.

Q8. Registration due date

Jan 25th, 2013.

Q9. Is it possible to have more than one team from a university

No, one university one team.

Q10. The composition of a team

A team includes six students and an advisor.

Q11. How many teams can one advisor supervise

One advisor can only supervise one team.

Q12. Is it possible to have team member(s) from the department other than computer science

Yes. But the team members must be undergraduate students.

Q13. When to announce the teams qualified to the final challenge

Late Feb.

Q14. What are the contests of the final challenge

High Performance Linpack; and three applications (two from ISC13, one from ASC committee); one MIC application; and presentation.

Q15. Where to find the application examples and software

The committee will announce the related application direction, and encourage teams to find the related application themselves. During the final challenge, the committee will provide the unified application workload.

Q16. Does the committee provide certain technical supports

The committee and INSPUR will provide the exercise clusters to the qualified teams. Two experts will provide the technical support. More details can be obtained from the committee later.

Q17. What is arrangement of the final challenge

The hardware will be provided by INSPUR. The qualified teams should arrive at the venue one day before the challenge in order to install, debug and so on. Before the final challenge, the committee will announce the unified application workload. The final ranking will be made per the score of each item. (Subsequently informed)

Q18. Any other way(s) to find the information of the challenge

Please contact the committees, check the official web & event weibo (Chinese twitter), or local INSPUR employees

 

 

 

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