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Student Cluster Competition


The Student Cluster Competition is an amazing way to teach students about High Performance Computing (HPC) and Scientific Computing. Here at ITaP Research Computing our 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

Upcoming competitions:

  • No upcoming competitions at this moment.

We are recruiting!

So you are a Purdue undergrad and you think you've got what it takes to shuffle gigabytes and crunch teraflops? Eager to tame system daemons, stitch nodes and cores with fine threads, dread the power gauge and learn the ins and outs of high performance computing? Ready for sleepless nights, roaring CPU fans, stubborn datasets, state-of-the-art hardware, caffeine rush and total geeky paradise? Then join us!