How do you compete in supercomputing? The students on the Texas A&M University Supercomputing Team know that’s going to be the first question before it’s even asked.
“Build. Run. Optimize,” said Dr. Jian Tao, advisor for the team and Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station researcher. “You build the computer, you run programs on it and then you optimize the performance.”
They’re simple words, but the competition is anything but. Over 300 student teams from around the world entered the Asia Supercomputer Community’s Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC18), but only 20 made the cut to the finals to be held in May in China. Texas A&M’s group is not only the lone team from the United States to make the finals, it’s the only team from the entire Western Hemisphere.
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