One of the top 16 teams in the international contest, the HKBU team is honoured with the First Class Award. Garnering the highest number of “likes” on social media WeChat, the team also wins the Most Popular Team Award. Professor Jack Dongarra (fourth from left) oversees the international contest as Chair of the Challenge’s Expert Committee


浸大隊憑出色的超算成績躋身決賽16強獲頒發「一等獎」,並於社交網絡微信得票第一獲頒「最高人氣獎」,左四為超級計算機競賽專家委員會主席Jack Dongarra教授

The HKBU students design their own supercomputing system


浸大隊於比賽期間需設計超級計算系統

Date: 04 May 2016 (Wednesday)

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Computer Science students win two awards in Student Supercomputer Challenge 2016

浸大生獲「世界大學生超級計算機競賽」一等獎及最高人氣獎

A team of five Computer Science students competed with 175 teams from around the world in the “Student Supercomputer Challenge 2016 (ASC16)” and made the top 16, receiving the First Class Award. In addition, the HKBU team won the Most Popular Team Award at the Challenge for getting the highest number of votes on social media WeChat.

Led by Dr Chu Xiaowen, Associate Professor of Computer Science, the team comprised Year 4 students Xu Pengfei, Ting Hoshing, Cheng Guanlun, Du Jiangyang and Year 3 student Ho Chun-san. The finals required competing teams to design their own supercomputing system within technical constraints and apply it to six frontier scientific and engineering projects. The HKBU team was ranked second place on the LINPACK application test with an impressive 10.3 teraflops (a measure of a computer’s speed).

Ho Chun-san thanked Dr Chu and the Department of Computer Science for providing support to their team. He said the team had learnt a lot about High Performance Computing and Deep Neural Network as well as strategies adopted by participating teams from around the world. He was impressed by the result and considered it a valuable opportunity for learning and broadening horizons.

The Student Supercomputer Challenge is the largest supercomputing contest in the world. After preliminary matches lasting two months, only 16 teams were selected to compete in the finals held in Wuhan, China from 18 to 22 April 2016. This year, 175 teams from 148 universities worldwide participated in the Challenge.

For more details of the Challenge and full list of the top 16 teams, please refer to:
http://www.hpcwire.com/2016/03/18/16-teams-reach-asc16-student-supercomputer-challenge-final/

浸大計算機科學系隊伍於上月底舉行的「2016世界大學生超級計算機競賽」中,在175支參賽隊伍中表現優秀,躋身16強進入決賽,獲頒發「一等獎」,並於微信得票最高獲頒「最高人氣獎」。

計算機科學系副教授褚曉文博士率領的浸大隊員包括四年級許鵬飛同學、丁浩成同學、程冠倫同學、杜江洋同學和三年級何晉燊同學。各參賽隊伍需在預設的環境下,現場設計超算系統,並完成六項超算題。在其中一個用於估算電腦效能的項目「國際通用超級計算系統基準測試」中,浸大隊做出每秒10.3萬億次浮點運算的成績,在該項目中位列第二。

何晉燊同學感謝禇曉文博士和計算機科學系的支援。他說,隊員從比賽中學到許多高效能計算的知識,亦有機會與國內外的隊伍切磋。他對團隊首次進身決賽並取得不俗成績感到鼓舞。何同學又認為參加比賽是一個難能可貴的機會,讓他們擴闊視野。

「2016世界大學生超級計算機競賽」是世界最大規模的超級計算機比賽。參賽隊伍需進行兩個月的預賽,最終選出16強於4月18至22日到中國武漢參加決賽。今年,全球148間大學共派出175支隊伍參賽。

有關比賽詳情及16強名單,請瀏覽﹕
http://www.hpcwire.com/2016/03/18/16-teams-reach-asc16-student-supercomputer-challenge-final/