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SC14 Student Cluster Competition Team Update

A 'Mock Run' Allows for Self-assessment

A team of students from the University of Tennessee has been preparing since June 2014 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the Student Cluster Competition, which will last for 48 continuous hours during the SC14 supercomputing conference on Nov. 16–21, 2014, in New Orleans.

On Tuesday, Aug. 12, through Thursday, August 14, the team performed a "mock run" for the competition in which they compiled, optimized, and ran test cases for applications using the supercomputing cluster they assembled.

They start the new school year on Aug. 20, and between then and the time of the competition at SC14 will meet as a team once a week to maintain the continuity of their preparation for the competition and continue to sharpen their high-performance computing skills.

Article posting date: 14 August 2014

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