Colorado is definitely one of the most experienced teams in the ISC’13 competition. They’re a team that has always stuck to tradition, sporting x86 systems and eschewing accelerators or anything else that smacks of being “fancy.” Until now, that is…
As we discussed their first experience with accelerators, the students said they wished they could take the Intel Phi co-processors home with them. One student said, “These are the funnest toys I’ve ever played with…” (sic). Intel will be happy to hear this, I’m sure.
In the video we talk about how the Colorado cluster is at least the second loudest (if not the loudest) small cluster in history. The cost of shipping a rack was much higher than they expected, so they went with perching their gear on a pallet.
Watch the video to learn how Colorado is breaking away from tradition, and see them get all giddy about how it has changed their perspective on HPC.