Students from Purdue University and Indiana University work together to evaluate supercomputing clusters

Supercomputers are often preferred for their high performance and speed of operation. As a result, research is continuing in this area.

According to Karl Oversteyns (pictured left), an HPC systems engineering student at Purdue University, Purdue University and Indiana University have teamed up in a competition to tame problems like power consumption in supercomputing.

“So we’re a joint team between Purdue and IU,” he said. “It’s a multi-part competition where we compete against other teams from around the world and compare our supercomputing cluster that we’ve designed. The main limitations are time and power consumption.”

Oversteyns and Lucas Snyder (pictured right), intelligent systems engineer at Indiana University Luddy School of Informatics, spoke with theCUBE industry analysts Savannah Peterson and SC22’s David Nicholson during an exclusive broadcast on theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s live streaming studio. They discussed the vitality of higher education in supercomputing as well as the competition in which the students participated. (*Disclosure below.)

Importance of Higher Education in Supercomputing

In order to take supercomputing to the next phase, higher education will play a crucial role. Therefore, according to Oversteyns, more emphasis should be placed on this sector.

“I think higher education has a lot of potential in this area,” he said.

The applied portion of the competition emphasizes real-time, which is how real-world fluctuations are handled, according to Snyder.

“We are currently working on the application phase of the competition,” he said. “So everyone has different specializations. And basically the competition gives you a set of rules and you have to do what they tell you within the given timeframe and get things done very quickly.”

Fascinated by high performance computing during a summer internship, Snyder believes the sector has immense potential. Therefore, talents in this field should be encouraged, he added.

“So my background is in intelligence systems engineering, which is kind of a fusion between … bioengineering and then also more classical computing,” he noted. “So my background is actually biology. So after high school I plan to go to graduate school. IU has a great accelerated masters program, so I’m staying an extra year and doing my masters.”

As unmanned systems use remote sensing, high-performance computing comes into play. According to Oversteyns, this plays a crucial role in increasing efficiency and minimizing costs.

“My background is that I studied unmanned aerial systems. So this is a drone, so commercial applications, not immediately connected as you might imagine. Although there’s actually more overlap than meets the eye,” he noted. “Much of it actually uses high-performance computing to create and visualize maps – much replacing either the manual mapping that used to be done by humans in the field or by helicopters.”

Here is the full video interview, part of SiliconANGLE and theCUBE’s coverage of the SC22 event:

(*Disclosure: This is an unsponsored editorial segment. However, theCUBE is a paid media partner for SC22. Neither Dell Technologies Inc., the primary sponsor for theCUBE’s event coverage, nor any other sponsors have editorial control over the content on theCUBE or SiliconANGLE. )

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