FAQs

General

Q: Does the hardware we use have to be commercially available at the time the competition start? We can’t find a rule about that, but there was such a rule at the SC last year.
A: We actually do not have a rule for using hardware that has to be commercially available at the time the competition starts.

Q: I have also been asked by two of my students who will require a visa for travelling to ISC if the HPCAC would be able to provide an invitation letter for them.
A: They would be able to get invitation letters at the time when they are registering for the conference. There will be an option to generate an invitation letter in PDF which they would be able to bring a copy for visa. If there’s issues, please let us know and we can work with ISC Events to generate one after you are registered.

Q: Members of my team will need to apply for visas in order to travel to Germany. How can we receive the invitation letters to apply for visa?
A: In order to receive an invitation letter, you will first need to register for the conference. In the registration process to the ISC conference, there will be a checkbox on the ISC registration web page which allows you to generate an invitation letter. You may use the invitation letter to apply for a visa.

Benchmarks

Q: I would like to ask what role the Graph500 benchmark will play in the ISC17 competition awards, as it is not mentioned explicitly anywhere in the awards section
A: We will not be having Graph500 for this year’s competition, and we have updated the benchmark page accordingly.

Q: How are the different HPCC Benchmarks graded? How is the optimized and naive run graded?
A: HPCC is comprised of different sections. Each sections within in HPCC would be graded. You will submit your best run for the grading. The HPCC run will need to be a complete run from start to finish. The HPL part cannot be substitute with the results from a run generated from a different executable.

Q: Is the Graph500 benchmark not a part of the competition anymore?
A: You are correct for Graph500, it will not used for this year’s competition.

Q: HPCG is mentioned as a separate benchmark, but it is not mentioned in the awards section. Is it considered as an application (80% for the overall award) or an extension of the HPC Challenge (10% for the overall award)?
A: HPCG would be considered as overall score (80%)

Q: It is our understanding that the HPC Challenge benchmarks are designed with a CPU only cluster in mind. Can we use optimised binaries for a GPU cluster instead? For example in the HPL, DGEMM and FFT cases. If not, can we change the code in any way?
A: Yes, you may optimize the portions within HPCC, such as using CUDA functions if you are using GPU. However, you would need to provide the changes in the source or executable, as a way for us to to reproduce the result on a similar platform as a way to verify it. HPCC run will need to be a standalone and complete run with the same output as a typical HPCC run, which means the run cannot be done on separate runs from different executables, like using a separate executable to run for HPL to complement the HPCC run.

Applications

Q: Could you please tell me when the third application will be announced?
A: The third application which is a coding challenge, will be announced shortly in early March.

 

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