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2024 HPL/HPCG Results Revealed!

The first task for the 11 teams in the 2024 Winter Classic student cluster competition was to run and optimize the LINPACK and HPCG benchmarks. As usual, the results were a mixed bag. Some teams had trouble getting out of the gate and onto the leaderboard, which is entirely normal. Other teams turned in decent…
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2024 Winter Classic: We’re Back!

The fourth edition of the Winter Classic Invitational Student Cluster Competition is up and running. This year, we have 11 teams of eager students representing Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). They are vying to turn in the best performance numbers on a suite of six real-world HPC-AI benchmarks and…
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2023 Winter Classic: The Finale

February 14th to April 15th, it’s been a long run for the 2023 Winter Classic Student Cluster Competition. 63 students from HBCU and HSI schools learned hands-on HPC from HPE, NASA, Oak Ridge National Lab, and AWS. With luck, we’ll have many of these students looking for opportunities in our data centers, helping to refresh…
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2023 Gala Awards Ceremony!

We’ll be revealing the winning teams (well, they’re all winners, but some won more than others) and the recipients of the Brueckner Award scholarships at this virtual ceremony. It will take place at 4:00 Pacific on Friday, April 14th. Here’s the link.
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Model Typhoons with NASA & WRF

A wintery mix with a chance for scattered dependencies was the forecast as students tackled the NASA WRF Challenge in the 2023 Winter Classic Invitational Student Cluster Competition. In this challenge, the students not only have to run WRF, but they have to build it up from scratch as well. It’s a tall mountain to…
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2023 Winter Classic – Oak Ridge Brings the Blast

The close of the 2023 Winter Classic Invitational Student Cluster Competition is coming up fast, and I have to get some material out to you, our vast viewing audience, as quickly as possible, if not quicker. I’ve been traveling a lot recently, which has delayed my reporting on the event. In this edition of the…
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Meet CSUCI High Performance Dolphins

This is the second team from Cal State University Channel Islands and the second time the school has fielded two teams in the Winter Classic. So that’s four times all together if you’re doing the math. One of the members of this four-person team was also in the Winter Classic last year, so they have…
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Meet Team Cal Poly Pomona

This is a small team with only three members. However, all three members are graduate students in computer science, which makes a big difference. This is the first time that Cal Poly has competed in any cluster competition and they’re doing a great job so far. Nailing down second place in the HPC Pop Quiz…
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Meet TTU Red Raiders

This is the second year that Texas Tech University has formed a Red Raiders team for the Winter Classic. It’s an interesting team, all seniors, with a couple of entrepreneurs who have written their own apps, but didn’t have VC’s toss them millions of dollars in cash, awwws… The other two students are interested in…
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Meet Team New Mexico

This is the first time University of New Mexico has competed in any student cluster competition, but they’re definitely rising to the occasion. Currently sitting in fifth place, they’re just a handful of points out of fourth. The team is composed of four seniors and two sophomores, all majoring in computer science. They have a…
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