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HPC Challenge Awards at SC08

HPC Challenge Awards at SC08

The DARPA High Productivity Computing Systems (HPCS) Program and IDC are
pleased to announce the annual HPC Challenge Award Competition
(www.hpcchallenge.org). The goal of the competition is to focus the HPC
community’s attention on developing a broad set of HPC hardware and HPC
software capabilities that are necessary to productively use HPC systems.

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The awards session will be held during the SC08 conference.
The core of the HPC Challenge Award Competition is the HPC Challenge
benchmark suite developed at the University of Tennessee under the DARPA
HPCS program with input from a wide range of organizations from around the
world (see http://icl.cs.utk.edu/hpcc/).

The Competition will focus on four of the most challenging benchmarks in the
suite:
Global HPL
Global RandomAccess
EP STREAM (Triad) per system
Global FFT
For the HPCC Awards there will be two classes of awards.
Class 1: Best Performance (4 awards – $750 each)
Best performance on a base or optimized run submitted to the HPC Challenge
website. The benchmarks to be judged are: Global HPL, Global RandomAccess,
EP STREAM (Triad) per system and Global FFT. The prize will be $750 plus a
certificate for the best of each.
Class 2: Most Productivity (1 award – $2000 may be split)
Most “elegant” implementation of four or more of the HPC Challenge
benchmarks with special emphasis being placed on: Global HPL, Global
RandomAccess, EP STREAM (Triad) per system and Global FFT. This award would
be weighted 50% on performance and 50% on code elegance, clarity, and size.
Both will be determined by an evaluation committee. For this award, the
implementer must submit to hpcc-awards cs.utk.edu (by October 24th, 2008) a
short description of:
the implementation,
the performance achieved,
lines-of-code, and
the actual source code of their implementation.
The evaluation committee will select a set of finalists who will be invited
to give a short presentation at the HPC Challenge Award BOF at SC08.

For more information or questions on the HPCC Challenge Awards, contact:
[email protected]

The HPC Challenge Benchmark is supported by DARPA, DOE, NSF, and IDC.

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