Equipment configurations are always subject to safety as first consideration. If it cannot be done safely then it should not be done. Consult ISC-HPCAC-SCC supervisor when in doubt.
There is 3000W (or approximately 13A) power limit for running the tests with the equipment. The teams will be provided with 2 power outlets on separate breakers (with the circuit breaker limits of 16A) at the booth. The Type F (Schuko) plugs are available to plug into the circuits. The PDU that will be used for the competition system cannot exceed the 13A limit. One PDU will be provided for the competition cluster to monitor the power usage. Tentatively we plan on using the APC AP8858 PDU for each team to monitor the power usage through the network interface over SNMP during the competition. The other circuit may be used for electronics not related to the operation of the competition system (LCD, laptops, etc.) Any additional power strips, plug converter, and power extension cords, or other equipment needs to be supplied by the teams.
Hands off System Throughout the Competition
No one can touch the equipment physically after the HPCC benchmark run. If there is a need to touch the equipment an official ISC-HPCAC-SCC supervisor needs to be called and will rule on the issue. The only exception is in safety - if an unsafe condition is found, anyone can power down the equipment, and ISC-HPCAC-SCC supervisor must be called immediately afterwards.
Powered On at All Times and No Rebooting
All equipment used for the HPCC benchmark be turned-on at all time (i.e. one cannot run one benchmark on part of the system and then power up the entire system for other benchmarks). System reboots are only necessary for hung or failed hardware. ISC-HPCAC-SCC supervisor must be notified before rebooting any hardware.
Awards – Three awards will be awarded
Prior to the competition, teams are encouraged to work closely with vendor partners and domain scientists to understand their hardware and the competition applications. This is a wonderful learning opportunity for the students. Once the competition starts, student teams will not be allowed to receive assistance from supervisors or vendor partners. The six team members will be on their own to work through cluster and application issues.