Supercomputing Praktikum

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What? Lab exercise to prepare six bachelor students (master students should read the last paragraph of the details section to find out whether they are qualified) to participate in the student cluster competition at SC’23 at Denver in November 2023. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered by FAU, the conference, and sponsors.

When and where? A first meeting for students interested in the lab exercise will take place at 13:15 (st) on April 04 in room 02.153 of the blue tower building (building nr. 113).


Each year, our university attempts to send a team of six bachelor students to the student cluster competition that takes place at the Supercomputing Conference (SC). With its ten-thousand visitor count, SC is the largest scientific conference and exhibition about high-performance computing in the world. This year, SC will take place from November 12 to 17 at Denver, CO, USA. Travel cost to the US and accommodation in Denver will be covered by the conference, FAU, and our sponsors.

In the student cluster competition, twelve teams from all over the world compete to get the highest performance out of their self-assembled mini-clusters for a set of applications under a 3000 W power constraint.

The „Supercomputing Praktikum“ was created to prepare six students to take part in this competition and allow them to collect credits (i.e., 10 ETCS) along the way. In the lab exercise, students will learn how to set up and administer a small cluster, how to run the LINPACK and HPCG benchmarks, how to analyze applications, and how to optimize them for energy efficiency. Except for basic LINUX skills, motivation, and the commitment to travel to the US, there are no formal prerequisites for the lab. By default, the lab exercise will be held in German. However, if an international student becomes part of the team, we’ll switch to English.

The Supercomputing Praktikum is jointly organized with the Erlangen National High Performance Computing Center (NHR@FAU). Students will get access to the NHR@FAU resources and can also get training and advice from NHR@FAU’s HPC experts.

A first meeting in which I’ll share some more information with you will take place at 13:15 (st) on April 04 in room 02.153 of the blue tower building (building nr. 113). If you’re interested in taking part in the lab exercise and the competition, please be there. If you can’t make it on that exact date but are still interested in participating, send me an email.


Note: According to the rules only bachelor students are eligible to take part in the student cluster competition. Note however, that students already enrolled in a master course are eligible to participate if they have not yet received their bachelor diploma. So, if you are close to finishing your bachelor’s curriculum, be sure to ask for a „Schein“ in your last examinations and don’t hand it in until after the competition.

Preliminary timeline

  • 2023-04-04 First meeting, begin working on application
  • 2023-05-15 Application closes
  • 2023-04-23 Lecture period starts, students start preparing for SCC
  • 2023-06-15 Notification of acceptance
  • 2023-11-10 Team leaves for competition

Impressions of previous years

You can find some impressions about last year’s competition here. FAU’s team was able to win in one of three categories Additional there is a video below from 2018: