(From left) Students Ni Ronghao, Wong Tsz-shing, Wang Shihao, Feng Zijin, Wang Haixin, and (right) assistant coach to the team Mr Liu Chengjian.


(左起)學生隊員倪榮浩、黃梓成、王士豪、馮子晉、王海鑫和副領隊劉成健先生(右)。

The team attends the prize ceremony in Mainland China.


隊員於內地舉行的決賽中領獎。

Date: 10 Jul 2018 (Tuesday)

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HKBU team wins First Class Award in international student supercomputer challenge

浸大生奪世界大學生超級計算機競賽一等獎

A team of five Computer Science students of HKBU won the First Class Award in the ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge 2018 organised by the Asia Supercomputer Community held recently. Among the 300 teams from around the world, the HKBU team secured a place in the final round of the Challenge and won the First Class Award. The HKBU team was the only Hong Kong team to enter the final round.

Led by Dr Chu Xiaowen, Associate Professor of the Department of Computer Science, the team comprised Year 2 student Ni Ronghao and Year 3 students Wang Shihao, Feng Zijin, Wang Haixin and Wong Tsz-shing.

Team member Wong Shihao said, “Our team members learned state-of-the-art technologies used in supercomputers and artificial intelligence through the competition. In the process, we encountered huge difficulties in both hardware and software aspects. For instance, during the final round of the Challenge, our programming communication encountered a fatal error, a problem that was beyond our expectation despite our practice prior to the competition. We managed to replace the affected application with another interface, making the cluster work again.” Shihao expressed his gratitude to the team supervisor Dr Chu Xiaowen and assistant coach to the team Mr Liu Chengjian who offered the team a lot of advice and assistance to successfully conquer each problem step by step.

The Challenge is one of the world’s largest supercomputing contests. After two months of preliminary matches, 20 teams were selected for the final round of the Challenge, in which teams had to design and build their own supercomputing system, with the limit of 3,000 watts of power, and apply it to six scientific and engineering projects. They were also requested to develop a system to optimise the 3-dimensional reconstruction algorithm used in Cryo-Electron Microscopy, an imaging method which won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. For another artificial intelligence challenge, each competing team applied deep learning and high-performance computing techniques to enable the system to comprehend text and answer users’ questions.

浸大計算機科學系一支五人學生隊伍最近出戰由亞洲超算協會舉辦的2018世界大學生超級計算機競賽,與全球300多支參賽隊伍較量,是唯一晉級決賽的香港隊伍,結果奪得一等獎。

隊伍由計算機科學系副教授褚曉文博士擔任領隊,隊員包括二年級學生倪榮浩、三年級的王士豪、馮子晉、王海鑫和黃梓成。

隊員王士豪表示:「參與比賽讓我們認識到超級計算機和人工智能的最新技術。在比賽期間,我們遇到不少硬件和軟件上的困難,例如於決賽時,我們在程式設計上出現嚴重錯誤,是練習時未能預計的,我們隨即以其他軟件取代受影響程式,最終電腦叢集系統能重新運作。」他感謝褚曉文博士的指導和副領隊劉成健先生的協助,團隊得以順利逐一解決難題。

是項競賽是世界最大規模的超級計算機賽事之一。經過為期兩個月的預賽,最終選出20支隊伍參加決賽。在決賽中,各隊伍需在3000W瓦特限制下,以最短時間現場自行設計及建立超算系統,並完成六大超算賽題。其中一個賽題是隊伍需要就曾獲得2017年諾貝爾化學獎的冷凍電子顯微鏡技術,優化其三維重建算法。在另一項人工智能挑戰中,每隊需應用深度學習及高性能計算技術來閱讀、理解和自動回答用家的問題。