Although they’re teaming up for the first time, the team from Northeastern University/Auburn University is not entirely new to the SCC. Two-thirds of the team was at SCC at SC15 in Austin last year and that was their first experience with the conference and competition, as well as with HPC in general. The other third of the team is new to both the SCC and HPC, “and have been learning a lot!” Maybe that explains their choice of a theme song, “Living on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi.
The team is looking for an edge by using AMD’s new ROCm platform, which can handle different types of GPUs on the same system.
And they are most looking forward to meeting all the teams and students from all over the world,” because it was definitely one of the team’s favorite parts from last year.” To get to the conference, they’ll be flying about 5.5 hours. For the Northeastern members, that will require time away from what they consider “the best city in the US, Boston!”