The Student Cluster Competition is an event hosted at the annual supercomputing conference. Every year, teams of undergraduates from some of the top computer engineering programs around the world compete to see who can build the most powerful supercomputer while staying within a small power budget. Northeastern University has had success at the competition in the past, winning the commodity track in 2013 and competing in the international supercomputing competition in Europe in 2014.
It’s an amazing opportunity for us to learn. We design and build the entire cluster, and then work to tune the cluster to maximize its performance for a set of advanced scientific programs that are used in things like RNA sequencing, weather forecasting, and ranking the top 500 supercomputers in the world. One of the apps this year even simulates a zombie apocalypse.
Northeastern is one of 9 teams competing in the contest held in Austin Texas this year. We are raising money for travel and hardware. If we are successful with our campaign, the hardware will stay at Northeastern and can be used as testing and development platforms for other students. Please help us get to Austin and show what Northeastern can do!
Our initial goal is to raise $2,500 that will be used for travel expenses to send 8 students to the competition in Austin, TX.
Our stretch goal is to raise an additional $10,000 to be used towards purchasing new hardware for the lab.
The Northeastern University Computer Architecture Research Lab is a research group under Professor David Kaeli that specializes in heterogeneous computing and big data problems.