BEIJING, Feb. 1, 2019 -- The HPC-AI Advisory Council, a leading organization dedicated to high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) research, education and outreach, and the National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore announced the official recruitment for the second APAC HPC-AI Competition that will start on March 12, 2019 and continue through until August 2019. The competition, open to all universities and technical institutions / teams in the APAC region, will address challenges around AI development and testing, as well as high-performance computing workloads. The winning team will be invited to Germany to participate the ISC 2020 Student Cluster Competition.
Organizers of the competition encourage teams from the APAC region to come up with innovative solutions to solve the challenges in HPC and AI area, as well to explore new tasks that foster international exchange in both areas. To take home top honors, the teams must showcase systems of their own design, adhering to strict competition rules with the aim of achieving the highest level of performance across a series of standard HPC and AI benchmarks testing and applications.
In the first APAC HPC-AI Competition held in 2018, eighteen teams from eight countries including China, Singapore, Japan, Korea and Thailand outperformed regarding both technical prowess and team spirit. Among them, the team from China Tsinghua University won the first prize with unanimous recognition of tech pros from all over the world. As a result, most members from the team were preemptively recruited by well-known Internet companies.
This year, in addition to technical experts from the HPC-AI Advisory Council, some leading authorities from internationally renowned universities, like Ohio State University and the University of Massachusetts Boston, National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) in Singapore and Pawsey Supercomputing Centre in Australia, have been invited to join the judging committee. Industrial experts from companies such as NVIDIA and Mellanox will join as well. Moreover, the competition is supported by the world's leading technology companies including SenseTime, Mellanox, Excelero, WekaIO and E8, who will jointly face the new challenges in HPC and AI area.
The Chair of HPC-AI Advisory Council Asia, Qingchun Song said, "The HPC-AI Advisory Council is an international organization with over 400 members, our mission is to provide a common platform for more users through technological innovation. With similar technologies and infrastructure, HPC and AI can help universities, research laboratories and businesses develop products and services that can significantly improve people's life and living environment in future. In the era of computing driven by data, we encourage more and more universities and institutions to join us by going deep with HPC and AI technology development and practice. It's also a good opportunity to accumulate your industry and training experience to pave the way for your future career.
"We look forward to generating more innovative ideas through the competition, which can help to improve AI computing performance as well as to enhance the development of AI technology based on HPC platform. By providing a petascale HPC platform for this competition, NSCC can help to bring people with different skillsets and expertise together to solve problems on scale computing." Said Professor Tan Tin Wee, Chief Executive, National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore.
Visit the 2019 APAC HPC-AI Competition's site for more detailed information and registration.
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About HPC-AI Advisory Council：
The HPC-AI Advisory Council is a large eco-system organizations which focuses on bridging the gap between high-performance computing use and its potential, bringing the beneficial capabilities of HPC to new users for better research, education, innovation and product manufacturing, and brings users the expertise needed to operate HPC systems, provide application designers with the tools needed to enable parallel computing, and to strengthen the qualification and integration of HPC system products. For more information, please visit: http://www.hpcadvisorycouncil.com
About National Supercomputing Centre Singapore:
The National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore was established in 2015 and manages Singapore's first national petascale facility with available high performance computing (HPC) resources to support science and engineering computing needs for academic, research and industry communities. Funded by its stakeholders, including Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*STAR), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS), and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), with substantial funding from Ministry of Trade and Industry, NSCC is catalytic in supporting national research and development initiatives, attracting industrial research collaborations and enhancing Singapore's research capabilities. For more information, please visit https://nscc.sg.