SC24 Student Cluster Competition

Have you built your own gaming rig or overclocked your desktop? Have you wondered what is all the hype with AI/ML and how all of that is done in real life? Have you heard about Supercomputing and wondered where the Super comes from? Then this challenge is for you!

Students will spend the summer working together, with sponsorship from hardware and software vendor partners and university advisors from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, to design and build small clusters, learn scientific applications, and apply optimization techniques for their chosen architectures with the intent to compete in a non-stop, 48-hour challenge at The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis (SC24).

Competition overview: Teams are composed of six students, a formal advisor, and vendor partners. The advisor provides guidance and recommendations, the vendor provides the resources (hardware and software), and the students provide the skill and enthusiasm. Students work with additional advisors (across PSC, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Pittsburgh) to craft a proposal that describes the team, the suggested hardware, and their approach to the competition. The SC24 committee reviews each proposal, ranks, and selects the team roster for the competition. Team clusters should be able to run the competition’s applications and exercises without exceeding a fixed power limit.

See more information about the SC24 Student Cluster Competition.


Program Details

Responsibilities include:

  • Learn and understand the the SC24 Student Cluster Competition Challenge
  • Design and build small clusters, learn scientific applications, and apply optimization techniques for the chosen architectures 
  • Attend SC24 in Atlanta, GA in November 18 – 20, 2024 (fully funded)

This student experience offers the opportunity to:

  • Gain valuable experience and knowledge in research computing
  • Network with leaders in academia and industry to form valuable relationships
  • Attend a prominent conference


Start Date: May 28, 2024

Duration: 11 weeks in the summer (summer session ending on August 9, 2024), with potential for extension in fall 2024

Positions Available: 6

Salary Information: will be paid as a stipend in four installments

Work Period: Up to 35 hours per week during the summer, and up to 20 hours per week during the academic year

Minimum QPA: 3.0/4.0

Job Requirements: Successful candidates will have the following:

  • Candidates must be pursuing an undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree at Carnegie Mellon University or University of Pittsburgh

All majors are welcome to apply!

  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work in a team environment
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and creativity
  • Students need to supply their own computer/laptop


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