The group was given a tour of the Centre by Pawsey Supercomputing Applications Specialist Brian Skjerven, who has taken over the role of team leader from Rebecca Hartman-Baker.
Mr Skjerven took the team through the Centre’s white spaces, including the supercompute cell where they were shown Magnus, the Centre’s petascale Cray XC40.
Cray has generously offered to sponsor the team and is providing the students with the hardware to build their own cluster.
The team, along with Pawsey staff including Mr Skjerven and Paws-E the quokka, will represent Australia in the Student Cluster Competition at SC15 in Austin, Texas later this year.
The contest will see teams of 6 undergraduate students compete to build a small cluster from scratch, run and benchmark a variety of scientific applications (including a “mystery” application to be revealed the day of the competition), all while adhering to power constraints.
2015 marks the third year Pawsey and Australian students will participate in the competition, with Pawsey’s 2013 team being the first time an Australian team competed.
For information on SC15 and the Student Cluster Competition, please visit the SC15 website. Further details will also be posted on the Pawsey website closer to the date.