The Two Tsinghua Universities Respectively Win Champion and Runner Up in ASC13

2013-04-23 16:41 1454

BEIJING, April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2013 Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge (abbreviation: ASC13) held in Shanghai Jiaotong University officially ended recently. After five days of fierce rivalry, Tsinghua University in Mainland China won the championship and the single prize of “highest LINPACK” as well. Another Tsinghua University from Taiwan was runner up, and Huazhong Science and Technology University in Mainland China was awarded the prize of “Best MIC application optimization”.

ASC is one of the three most influential contests in the world, abreast with SC and ISC. Initiated by China, it is jointly launched and organized by experts and institutes from Japan, Russia, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and other countries and regions. It is hosted by Inspur Group, the most famous HPC company in China, and aims to boost the exchange and cultivation of young talents among Asia countries and districts and improve their application level of supercomputing as well as their ability of R&D.

ASC13 rules require that all students teams should design and build supercomputer systems themselves under the power limitation of 3000W, and run five application optimizations of HPL, GROMACS, OPENCFD, WRF and BSDE. Besides, each team should demonstrate its plan and optimization strategy to the review committee, which poses an all-around challenge of supercomputing application ability.

The HPL benchmark test is the most mainstream and sophisticated review system for the performance of supercomputer floating points in the world. And the other four are widely used in molecular dynamics, fluid dynamics, weather forecast, and option pricing.

In addition to the three previously referenced teams, there are 7 student teams from: University of St. Petersburg (Russia), Ulsan University of Science and Technology (South Korea), King Abdulaziz University (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), The Chinese University of Hong Kong, National University of Defense Technology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Sun Yat-Sen University. The total 10 teams were selected through the preliminary contest from the 43 universities who had signed up for the competition.

The 10 teams fully exhibited their advantages in the finals, like the remarkable innovation of mainland Tsinghua University, the outstanding comprehensive strengths of Taiwan Tsinghua University, and the excellent application optimization of Huazhong Science and Technology University, and the high professional level and overall supercomputing ability of Sun Yat-sen University, National University of Defense Technology and Shanghai Jiaotong University. Meanwhile the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Ulsan University of Science and Technology (South Korea), King Abdulaziz University (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) and University of St. Petersburg (Russia) were also impressive in showing challenge spirit, imagination and innovation.

“The performance of those teams is far beyond our expectation, and displays the highest supercomputing level of Asian students,” commented Mr. Mo Zeyao of the evaluation committee, who is Vice Director and Professor in the Beijing Institute of Applied Physics and Computational Mathematics.

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Source: ASC13 Committee