Student collaborations with Alces Flight, Boston, Logicalis and OCF

The CIUK Cluster Challenge kicks off on Monday 9 October, with the participation of four University of Bath teams.

Competing alongside teams from the universities of Birmingham, Bristol, Durham, Manchester, Strathclyde and Imperial College London, the Bath students will tackle supercomputing challenges set by HPC solutions providers Alces Flight, Boston, Logicalis and OCF.

Cross-disciplinary student teams will join CIUK 2023

This year, students from a wide range of Bath degree programmes are taking part in the cluster challenge.

“Across the four teams, we have a great mix of undergraduate and graduate students who are studying subjects ranging from artificial intelligence and computer science to computer systems engineering, mathematics, electrical and electronic engineering, and physics,” says Roger Jardine, Director of Research Computing.

Over six weeks, the Team Bath students will work with the latest HPC technologies and solve a range of supercomputing tasks set by the partner companies.

The competition will culminate with three challenges to be solved on-site at the Computing Insight UK conference in Manchester, where the winning team will also be announced.

Next stop: The International Supercomputing Challenge

CIUK has secured the winning UK team a place at the ISC Student Cluster Competition in 2024. At the ISC’24, national student teams from across the globe will meet to experiment with CPU and GPU clusters, showcase their critical skills and broaden their professional network.

Interested in taking part?

Please register your interest in joining one of our teams in case any students drop out.

Undergraduate students who have completed their first year and all graduate students can join the cluster challenge.

The competition is open to students from any discipline, and the tasks are designed so students with different levels of skills and knowledge can solve them.