ASC 20-21 | 08-12/05/21 | Shenzhen

ASC 20-21 | 08-12/05/21 | Shenzhen

SC19 | 17-22/11/2019 | Denver

ASC 19 | 21-25/04/19 | Dalian

SC18 | 11-12/11/2018 | Dallas

ISC18 | 24-28/06/2018 | Frankfurt

ASC17 | 24-28/04/2017 | Wuxi

ICM Mentoring

Warsaw Team (WT) was established in December 2016 on the initiative and with the full support of Dr. Marek Michalewicz, the current director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Mathematical and Computational Modeling (ICM) at the University of Warsaw, who created a similar student team in Singapore, in December 2013.

The Warsaw team is trained by specialists from ICM. The first tutor of the students was Maciej Cytowski; Currently, Polish supercomputing squad are being coached by Maciej Szpindler, Marcin Semeniuk and Michał Hermanowicz. The main bases for the year-long training are the ICM UW supercomputing center in Warsaw’s Białołęka district and the Ochota Campus.

The name Warsaw Team refers to the origin of the first team members from Warsaw universities (University of Warsaw, Military University of Technology, Warsaw University of Technology), as well as to emphasize the support provided by the ICM Technology Center of the University of Warsaw. Over time, people from other universities in Poland (Lodz University of Technology, University of Wrocław) and even from around the world (University College London, University of Oxford) began to contribute to the team. The groups’s name, however, has remained unchanged since 2017.

The team received a grant from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education twice – in the academic years 2017/2018 and 2019/2020. The project “The best of the best” supports outstandingly talented students in developing their scientific activity, enabling them to participate in important international competitions and conferences.


Student Cluster Competition (SCC) finals with the participation of the Warsaw Team

SCC are competitions full of technical challenges that combine the so-called book knowledge with practice, and of course with fun. Since 2017, Warsaw Team supported by the ICM, has performed in 9 finals around the world, and in May 2021 the team took part in the finals of ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge for the third time, as one of the few teams from outside of Asia.

ASC 20-21 was organized for the first time as a hybrid event, where students from mainland China participated on-site in Schenzhen and remaining 7 teams from outside of China joined in on-line.

ASC 20-21

08-12/05/21 | Shenzhen

WT: Marek Skiba (University of Warsaw), Marek Masiak (University College London), Patrycja Krzyna (University of Warsaw), Jan Malinowski (University of Oxford), Paweł Pawłowski (University of Warsaw)

Advisors: Marcin Semeniuk, Maciej Szpindler, Michał Hermanowicz, Łukasz Kondraciuk

Supercomputer: Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing platform

Achievements: 1st place in Machine Learning “Language Exam (LE) Challenge”; 3rd place in PRESTO application

Achievements as an online team: 1st place in HPL benchmark test; 1st place in HPCG benchmark test

Student Cluster Competitions (SCC) are focus on applying High Performance Computing (HPC) technology into four areas: science, technology, engineering and mathematics (the so-called STEM disciplines).

During the competition (48 hours – USA, 72 hours – Germany and China), teams work to achieve the highest computing performance using a computer system (cluster) of their own design, having a limit of 3kW of energy at their disposal. The system with the best performance wins. The team consists of a maximum of 6 students who have not yet obtained the bachelor’s degree.

Difficult eliminations

Fifteen (competitions in Germany and USA) to thirty teams (ASC in China) take part in the competition. Each competition has a specific, separate qualifying round. In the case of Germany and the US, twice as many teams apply for the qualifications, while in China, the number goes as high as 15 times more, which in 2019 meant over 300 teams!

SCC triple crown

The beginnings of the Student Cluster Competition date back to 2007. The first high performance computing competition was held in Reno, USA. Currently, the competition takes place during the three most important High Performance Computing events in the world:

The first competition was held in the United States in November 2007 during the Supercomputing Conference (SC). Since then, it has been permanently included in the SC conference program. Usually, 14 teams from the USA, Europe and Asia take part in the 48-hour competition.

ISC is credited with being the first HPC conference in the world; in 1986, it was held as a seminar on supercomputers at the University of Mannheim. The first SCC was held at a conference in Hamburg in June 2012; the competition is a 3-day supercomputing marathon.

ASC is the largest competition for students in terms of the number of teams competing. The number of applying teams exceeds 300, of which 20-30 of them advance to the 72 hour final; moreover, only during ASC exists a group competition for the finalists. The main organizers of the competition are Asia Supercomputer Community (ASC) and the Inspur company, which provides servers for the duration of the hackathon. Every year, the event is hosted by a different university, in the 20-21 edition it was Shenzhen (Southern University of Science and Technology).

"Student Cluster Competition 2018, Team University of Warsaw, University of Wroclaw, Warsaw University of Technology: Reproducing performance of a multi-physics simulations of the Tsunamigenic 2004 sumatra megathrust earthquake on the intel skylake architecture"

Julia Bazińska, Maciej Korpalski, Maciej Szpindler

Review article, Parallel Computing, Volume 90, December 2019

"Critique of Computing Planetary Interior Normal Modes with a Highly Parallel Polynomial Filtering Eigensolver by SCC Team from University of Warsaw"

Marek Mateusz Masiak, Iwona Kotlarska, Łukasz Grzegorz Kondraciuk, Maciej Szpindler

Critique article, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, January 12, 2021
January 27, 2021

HPC Wire

28 University Teams from Around the World Advance to the Finals of the ASC20-21 Student Supercomputer Challenge

The preliminary results for the 2020-2021 ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC20-21) have now been released. After two months of intense competition, 28 teams from over 300 participating universities from around the world have stood out and advanced to the finals. Beihang University, Jinan University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Universidad EAFIT, University of Warsaw, and Ural Federal University are just some of the finalists.

November 24, 2020

Business Wire

ASC20-21 Student Supercomputer Challenge Kickoff: Quantum Computing Simulations, AI Language Exam and Pulsar Searching with FAST

Among the registered participants for ASC20-21 are three prior champion teams: the SC19/SC20 champion team of Tsinghua University, the ISC20 champion team of University of Science and Technology of China, and the ASC19 champion of National Tsing Hua University. Other power competitors include teams from University of Washington (USA), University of Warsaw (Poland), Ural Federal University (Russia), Monash University (Australia), EAFIT University (Columbia) and so much more.

June 24, 2020

HPC Wire

ISC 2020’s Student Cluster Competition Winners Announced

With ISC 2020 fully virtual, the teams instead competed to run workloads on the same cluster — a system supplied by the National Supercomputing Center (NSCC) in Singapore — over the course of June 1st to 24th.

December 13, 2019

Student Cluster Comp.

SC19: Students Pack LINs and Crack HPCG’s

Washington barely edged out Team Warsaw, who finished third. This is the highest placement for a Warsaw team since they started competing back in 2017. They drove their five-node, eight GPU cluster to a LINPACK of 40.43, great job!

November 18, 2019

HPC Wire

Registration for ASC20 Student Supercomputer Challenge

Engaging the world’s fastest supercomputer to challenge cutting-edge scientific applications became one of the unforgettable experiences for many participating students and greatly stimulated their enthusiasm for technological innovation. “I can definitely say that participating in the ASC Challenge has changed my life,” said Marcin Mielniczuk from the University of Warsaw, “It’s a very unique experience to compete on the Sunway TaihuLight.”

July 15, 2019

HPC Wire

ISC19 Cluster Competition: Application Results, Finally!

CP2K: 5th place with 90.32% score

July 8, 2019

Inside HPC

Student Cluster Competition Leadership List

5th in the EMEA region and 14th on the world

July 7, 2019

HPC Wire

ISC19 Cluster Competition: HPCC Deep Dive

STREAM: third-place score of 240.74

February 12, 2019

HPC Wire

GigaIO Technology Featured in the SCC at SC18

Students from the University of Warsaw, Poland (“Warsaw Team”) incorporated GigaIO’s alpha product, FabreX into their self-designed supercomputing cluster, marking the team’s fourth cluster competition event.

July 10, 2018

HPC Wire

Tsinghua Powers Through ISC18 Field

4th place in Deep Learning – TensorFlow

May 1, 2017

HPC Wire

ASC17: Tsinghua Team Crowned Champion; Beihang Is Runner-up

Another new team University of Warsaw came in a close second on the Linpack testing (with 29.79 teraflops) using eight P100s in four nodes, and performed admirably across the application set. They will be a team to watch and we hope to see them at the upcoming ISC and SC events.

April 27, 2017

The Register

Straight outta Shandong cluster noobs set new LINPACK world record

Another newcomer, the University of Warsaw, grabbed second place by an incredibly small margin. Warsaw is driving a small four-node cluster equipped with eight P100 GPUs and only 512GB memory.

Warsaw Team – Supercomputing Frontiers Europe 2021

ISC19 Meet Team Warsaw

Warsaw Team – Supercomputing Frontiers Europe 2018

ASC17 Coaches Corner

ASC17 Meet Team Warsaw