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Feb. 21 -- 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. 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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (by October 24, 2008) a short description of:
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. This presentation will be judged by the evaluation committee to select the winner. The prize will be $2000 plus a certificate for this award and may be split among the "best" entries.
The Class 1 awards are decided based on benchmark results and should be clear cut. Benchmark results will be accepted up to the last moment.
The Class 2 award is more subjective. It will work as follows:
o This is to help for compliance of the rules.
o Only get one shot at an early bird submission (not iterative).
For more information or questions on the HPCC Challenge Awards, contact email@example.com.
David Bailey, LBNL NERSC
Jack Dongarra, (Co-Chair) U of Tenn/ORNL
Jeremy Kepner, (Co-Chair) MIT Lincoln Lab
Bob Lucas, ISI
Piotr Luczcek, MathWorks
Rusty Lusk, Argonne National Lab
John McCalpin, AMD
Rolf Rabenseifner, HLRS, Stuttgart
Daisuke Takahashi, U of Tsukuba
Jeff Vetter, ORNL
The HPC Challenge Benchmark is supported by DARPA, DOE, NSF and IDC.
Source: DARPA High Productivity Computing Systems Program; IDC