Winning Team Sets Record at SC16 Student Cluster Competition

A team from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) used 16 NVIDIA GPUs to pull off an SC first, winning both the first place prize for highest overall score and the highest LINPACK run at the SC16 supercomputing show in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Held every at the annual SC conference, teams build the most powerful cluster possible under the competition’s 3,120-watt (26-amp) power limit and then work for 48 hours straight to run them through various real-world applications.

Using eight Tesla P100s and eight GTX 1080 GPUs, the six-person team from USTC generated the competition’s top LINPACK score – a record 31.5 teraflops and more than triple the competition’s previous mark – its efficiency would have ranked it among the top machines on the annual Green500 list of most efficient supercomputers.

The winning team. Image credit: SC16.

Asked for the biggest lesson he would take from this competition, Mingyao Shen, from China’s Huazhong University of Science and Technology, had a simple answer: “If we had more GPUs, we could have done better,” he said with a laugh.

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