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High Performance Computing Center

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OSU undergrads place second at HPC competition

Members of the Oklahoma State University Cyberinfrastructure Association (CIA) student organization were awarded second place for undergraduate teams at the 2nd annual Oklahoma High Performance Computing Competition on April 22, 2017, at Keplinger Hall on the University of Tulsa campus.

The 2nd annual Oklahoma HPC Competition was hosted by the University of Tulsa's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The 2017 competition consisted of one track, focused on programming for high performance computing on a cluster.

Before the competition, teams developed a program on computing clusters to find the determinant of a 5,000 x 5,000 element matrix (25,000,000 elements). At the competition, four datasets were then provided on USB flash drives to the teams at the competition, and teams were evaluated on the best average times to calculate all four datasets using the programs they developed on their clusters. 

The following hardware requirements were adhered to for the team's clusters: (1) clusters consisted of eight Raspberry Pi 2 Model B units, (2) clusters had one 8-port or 16-port unmanaged 10/100Mbps or 1Gbps Ethernet switch, (3) clusters had one WiFi connection, (4) Raspberry Pi nodes connected using Cat-6 cable, (5) each Raspberry Pi node powered through a power supply not connected to another machine - no data transfer, and (6) seven of the Raspberry Pi nodes use a 16GB MicroSD card, and one Raspberry Pi node (head/storage node) uses a 64GB MicroSD card for data storage. 

Teams were able to register for the competition under four classifications: (1) undergraduate, (2) graduate, (3) 2-year college/institution, and (4) high school. OSU, the University of Tulsa, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma, and Moore-Norman Technology Center were represented in this year's competition. This was the first year for OSU to send a team to the competition.