For the third time, the Spanish team from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – Barcelona Tech (UPC) is competing at the ISC-Student Cluster Competition that will be held in Frankfurt next week during the ISC17 conference.
This year’s team members, called ThunderChip, Fabio Banchelli, Victor Anton, Antoni Navarro, Ferran Pallares, Marc Benito and Carles Garriga together with the two advisors Dani Ruiz and Filippo Mantovani are almost ready to leave Barcelona and start a new Student Cluster Competition adventure. The last months have been extremely busy for the ThunderChip members, split between the exams of the end of the semester and the pressing assignments of the competition.
Great support has arrived as usual from the sponsors: E4 Computer Engineering and Cavium that have provided the ARM-based cluster, together with ARM and Mont-Blanc project that supported the HPC education of the team, and finally with the UPC and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center that have been the center of all the preparation activities.
As for previous editions, the ThunderChip team will have to run benchmarks and applications known in advance, as well as tackling some secret challenge once in Frankfurt. “Students are excited and willing to share their experience with other students from all over the world”, said Filippo Mantovani, for the third year advisor of an SCC team and principal investigator of the Mont-Blanc project at BSC.
Mont-Blanc student teams in previous editions
Mont-Blanc project is committed to promote HPC careers with the participation of students to the ISC Student Cluster Competition. In 2015, the Mont-Blanc climbers team was the first team to bring an ARM-based HPC cluster to this student competition in order to promote emerging technologies in HPC. Last year, the Spanish team called Thunderstruck received ISC2016 Student Cluster Competition Fan Favorite award.