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Team Peking University
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Virtual Student Cluster Competition Team Members
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Virtual Student Cluster Competition
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TimeThursday, 19 November 20208:30am - 5pm EST
LocationPoster Module
Description# Motivation for participating in the competition

The Peking University Super-computing Team was established in Autumn 2015 and gathered students enthusiastic in HPC and computer systems. Our team participated in the Student Cluster Competition at SC in 2016, 2017, and 2019, IBM OpenCAPI 2018, and ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge in 2019.

Our team consists of members interested in hardware and software technologies related to super-computing and scientific-computing. Our team members are from several different departments at Peking University, including the School of Electronics Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), the Department of Physics, and the Yuanpei College. We form a team that combines the strength of its members from various backgrounds.

All of our members stand out in a way: Pengcheng Xu, our team lead, has profound system building and operational maintenance skills; Zejia Fan and Hangrui Bi are enthusiastic senior students interested in machine learning; Yuxuan Yan, from the Department of Physics, is experienced in developing and building HPC applications, particularly physics-related applications; Fangyuan Yang, a new member, is interested in software-defined hardware technology; Zhewen Hao is a freshman passionate about parallel algorithms. Some members previously participate in SC19 and ASC19. The strength and diversity of this team give us the ability to handle a wide range of problems.

Our mentor, Prof. Yun Liang, from the School of EECS, helps us in many ways. His research achievements in HPC, computer architecture, heterogeneous computing, and his devotion to undergraduate education highly support our preparation for the competition.

# Outcome the team expects from the competition (e.g., how will HPC impact the team's academic careers?)

As HPC is becoming a vital part of computer science and fields in natural science, we believe that taking part in the Student Cluster Competition will benefit our academic careers. Through optimizing and tuning real-world HPC applications, every team member gains a rich experience in HPC along with the chance to tackle the cutting-edge problems in the related domains. The experience has encouraged us to utilize HPC in our research and work as well.

Apart from academic benefits for the team members, we believe that the experience will foster vital problem-solving skills. The team's participation in previous years proved to be very beneficial. In 2017, our proposed cluster got featured on the SCC List of TOP 500 Supercomputers. Our team has been invited to submit our reproducibility reports to PARCO and TPDS for every participation. We have been steadily building a diverse skill set to tackle the challenging benchmarks and applications in the competition. We believe that these skills will undoubtedly benefit students' future careers greatly.

Determined to push our limits, our team members started preparing for this year's competition early, with guidance from our mentor Prof. Yun Liang. With our joint efforts, we are sure that we will gain a favorable ranking this year. And as Peking University is one of the top universities in China, our participation in SCC will promote HPC education in China and Asia.
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