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Taiwan university wins award at Asia supercomputer challenge

2018/05/09 23:26:51

Photo courtesy of the event's organizers

Shanghai, May 9 (CNA) Taiwan's National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) won the "Highest Computing Performance Award" for its supercomputer at the 2018 Asia Supercomputer Community (ASC) Student Supercomputer Challenge, which concluded in China on Wednesday.

Competing against 300-plus participating teams from universities around the world, NTHU was among the 20 teams in the final round of the challenge from May 5-9 at Nanchang University in Jiangxi Province.

According to ASC's website, the finalists had to build "supercomputers up to 3,000 Watts" and complete other "exceptionally difficult" tasks.

The NTHU students created a supercomputer that had a central processing capability of up to 42.99 tera floating point operations per second (TFLOPS).

In layman's terms, "to match what a 1 TFLOPS computer system can do in just one second, you'd have to perform one calculation every second for 31,688.77 years," according to Indiana University's website.

Team leader Chen Wei-chun (陳維駿), told CNA in a telephone interview that they had been preparing for the competition since last June, investing a lot of time in research, reading journals about supercomputers and testing applications.

Chen said that although the team was disappointed not to have won the competition, the experience would serve to build professional skills that will definitely be a bonus when applying for graduate school or for jobs.

Reigning champion Tsinghua University in Beijing defended its title this year, while first-time finalist Shanghai Tech University placed second.

(By Chang Shu-lin and Kuan-lin Liu)