For students

The sky is the limit for potential uses of the supercomputer: The chemist can create new molecules, the physician can examine receptors for the latest medications, the humanities or social sciences researcher can datamine millions of Facebook pages to find new social contexts, and the attorney can analyze tens of thousands of verdicts to see how they affect each other.

The contest in a few words

The contest kicks off on 15 March 2017. You’ll be introduced to a number of companies who all have a problem you can take part in solving with the aid of the supercomputer’s vast computational powers.

After the businesses have presented their problems, you get the opportunity to sign up for the project you find the most interesting and challenging. Then we form groups based on how many take an interest in each problem.

The first workshop ends with your group being matched up with a business, and together you launch into the problem solving phase.

Every group is assigned a guide to help you with the practical issues you’ll be dealing with as you examine and resolve your task over the coming months.

After solution development comes the second workshop where you present your projects; the most promising ones are selected and the programming phase begins. All participants who reach this stage will be given programming course, and each group will be assigned a programmer (for instance a graduate student) to help you with the actual programming on the supercomputer, ABACUS 2.0.

The programming phase ends in a semifinal, where the panel of judges assess and select which projects will get the opportunity to test their solutions on the ABACUS 2.0. After computing comes the final with the ultimate presentation of the projects. The judges choose the three winning projects of the SDU Supercomputer Challenge. Each of the three groups wins DKK 25,000.

Please note that it is no longer possible to sign up for the 2017 SDU Supercomputer Challenge.