DescriptionThis team, "Revontuli" (northern lights in Finnish), is Finland's first ever entry to SCC, and all the team members are first-timers. The team is coordinated and managed by CSC which is the national supercomputing center of Finland and the host of the 550 Pflops LUMI pre-exascale supercomputer. The team is unique in such a way that its members come from four universities (Aalto University, University of Helsinki, Tampere University and LUT University) in four different cities (Helsinki, Espoo, Tampere and Lappeenranta) in Finland. That is, it's not a university team but a true all-Finnish team.

CSC started looking for team members in the fall of 2021 by distributing flyers and contacting universities with computational science programs. We received a number of applications, interviewed the most promising candidates, and finalized the team before Christmas holidays. In addition to the technical skills, we emphasized the motivation to learn HPC and to work as a team. The team members are at different stages in their BSc studies in computer science, but all are experienced Linux users and hobbyist or even professional programmers with experience in various programming languages including Fortran, C/C++, Python. CSC's role is to bring in the HPC skills. One of the team members, Roope Salmi, has won the bronze medal in the International Olympiad in Informatics 2020, however, none of them had HPC experience before. Thus, this competition provides the team members a unique possibility to learn HPC. As the importance of HPC is increasing in multitude of scientific disciplines the competition is very likely to benefit the participants whatever their exact academic path will turn out to be.

The advisor, Dr. Jussi Enkovaara has background in computational physics and has been at CSC since 2005. He has experience in developing and optimizing large scientific applications and international HPC projects. Currently, he is working in HPC support helping customers in optimizing and parallelizing scientific applications and contributing to the CSC's user training.
Event Type
Student Cluster Competition
TimeMonday, 14 November 20227pm - 9pm CST
LocationSCC Booth
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