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ASC17 to Compete on the Sunway TaihuLight

  SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Nov 17 — During SC16, the Asia Supercomputer Community announced that the Sunway TaihuLight, the world’s most powerful computer, will be used as a competition platform in the ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge 2017. The team registration and application proposals kicked off during SC16 and is now open to all universities and organizations worldwide.

  To date, the Sunway TaihuLight is the only supercomputer in the world that has a peak performance of over 100 PFlops. It is housed in the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi, China, and remains in first place on the Top500 supercomputers list from this month. Now using the world’s fastest supercomputer as a competition platform, all ASC17 teams can access the most advanced and sophisticated supercomputing technology.

  Figure1: ASC news release at SC16

  The ASC17 will run for over four months, in which the teams will be made up of up to five undergraduate students and one advisor. During the preliminary round from next January to March, each team is to submit a proposal including the results and the code of the optimization application. All proposals will be thoroughly reviewed by the ASC17 Evaluation Committee. The teams selected through the preliminaries will come to the competition site for the finals held in late April. The hardware platform including the server, switch, and accelerator card is provided by Inspur. The teams will design and build a cluster under 3000W to conduct a benchmark test, a mystery app, and other applications involving the latest technologies. Prizes and awards will be based on single applications and overall performances.


Figure2: Overseas’ university registered to join the ASC17

  The ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge, initiated by the Asia Supercomputer Community in 2012, serves to inspire the next generation of HPC scientists and engineers to deliver innovative solutions. Closely following cutting-edge technologies, the ASC continues to attract a growing number of new talent to the supercomputing community and has greatly promoted communications in the HPC network of the world. In 2016, a total of 175 teams from 148 universities across six continents entered the competition. The Huazhong University of Science and Technology won the championship, and the Shanghai Jiao Tong University was the Silver Winner. The ASC is now also the world’s largest supercomputing hackathon.