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Student Cluster Competition

SCC 22 Team

The Student Cluster Competition (SCC) is an amazing way to teach students about High Performance Computing (HPC) and Scientific Computing. RCAC's mission is not only to support research faculty at the University but also to support students. The cluster competition is one way we do that.

We teach them how to run an HPC system, use and optimize the system in a two credit course. Each year we take teams of five or six undergrads and expose them to HPC at Purdue. In addition our students get exposed to the HPC community at large. They get an opportunity to take part in the biggest HPC conferences in the world and many of them find jobs in HPC.

Competition alumni have gone on to positions at:

  • National Labs such as Argonne, Idaho, and US Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Multiple Academic HPC Centers including Purdue and Northwestern Universities
  • Many premier technology companies, Cray, Microsoft, and Google to name a few

HPC Introductory Courses

  • Anvil 101 New User Tutorial. The webinar covers the basics of connecting to Anvil, managing the user environment, running jobs on Anvil and data management.
  • Unix 101 covers the basics of working on a Linux/Unix system.
  • Unix 201 covers some more advanced topics in Linux/Unix computing.
  • Clusters 101 covers the specifics of working with Research Computing clusters.
  • Clusters 201 covers how to submit jobs on Research Computing clusters.