Winners of 4th APAC HPC-AI Competition Announced

Article By : National Supercomputing Centre Singapore

The annual APAC HPC-AI competition aims to bridge the gap between HPC and AI use, and its application potential as part of talent development for participants from universities and research centers.

The HPC-AI Advisory Council (HPCAIAC) and National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore have announced the university team winners of its annual HPC-AI challenge, the 4th APAC HPC-AI Competition. The annual APAC HPC-AI competition’s mission is to bridge the gap between high-performance computing (HPC) and AI use, and its application potential as part of talent development for participants from universities and research centers. This year’s competition consisted of 36 teams from 13 countries and regions in APAC.

The winners of the competition were:

  • 1st Place and Overall Champion: Southern University of Science and Technology
  • 2nd Place: National Tsing Hua University-KW, National Cheng Kung University – DAGG
  • 3rd Place: National Tsing Hua University- EM, Thammasat University Team (Lampang), Nanyang Technological University
  • Merit Place: Thammasat University CSTU-Rangsit, National Cheng Kung University – APEX, Universiti Putra Malaysia
  • HPC Special Prize: National Tsing Hua University-KW
  • AI Special Prize: Southern University of Science and Technology

With the continued support of NSCC Singapore, student competitors were provided with hands-on access to the Singapore-based advanced supercomputing resources. Teams were challenged with mastering one HPC task (GROMACS) and one AI task (DLRM), the same complex HPC and AI workloads that are integral to today’s major applications.

“This year’s annual APAC HPC-AI competition has demonstrated the growth and development of the student teams from the region and how far they have come since the competition began four years ago,” said Associate Professor Tan Tin Wee, Chief Executive at NSCC Singapore. “The overall technical prowess of the teams has matured significantly, with better and more creative solutions to the challenges posed. This augurs well for the future of the HPC and AI talent pool in one of the world’s fastest growing economic regions. We congratulate this year’s winners and all the 2021 student competitors for going above and beyond to deliver truly inspiring work and solutions.”

“I would like to congratulate all the participants for their contribution to the HPC and AI communities; you should all be proud of your results, performance and particularly your accomplishment,” said Gilad Shainer, HPC-AI Advisory Council chairman. “The competition not only instills a friendly competitive spirit, it also provides students with an opportunity to establish professional relationships early on, including lifelong camaraderie amongst competing cohorts and future colleagues.”

The 4th APAC HPC-AI Competition Award Ceremony will be held at the SupercomputingAsia 2022 (SCA22) hybrid conference in Singapore on March 2, 2022.


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