There are a variety of high level engineering competitions that college students participate in. However, not very often does a high school team compete in such events.
In September 2017, a group of six students from Harrison High School participated as the only all-high school team in an international supercomputing cluster competition in Denver, Colorado.
There, the members of the group were given a variety of data clusters with a task of accommodating HPC (High Performance Computing) workflows in order to support numerous applications.
Students were also able to communicate with representatives of large corporations that are looking for potential employees, thereby increasing the networking capabilities of the students later into their careers.
HHS senior Jeremey Meyer worked on improving the performance of a conjugate gradient benchmark in addition to testing a Tersoff Application, while junior Chris Page was tasked with benchmarking the speed of the computer.
When interviewed, both Meyer and Page said that their involvement with this competition will be beneficial to their job search following high school.
“I was able to look at the Linux system which allowed me to obtain a real world experience involving the processing of data clusters,” said Page.
In addition to the career advantage given to the students, the students were able to utilize their knowledge of computer science and mathematics in order to manipulate large amounts of data in the most efficient way possible.
“It is very beneficial to work with data that had been created by scientists because it allows me to better understand the tasks that are worked on by professionals in a daily basis,” said Meyer.
“The competition teaches students to obtain knowledge from resources outside of the school, which gives students the opportunity to see the businesses and post-secondary institutions that works with supercomputing,” said Doug Klumpe.