HPC-AI Advisory Board Announces 5th Annual APAC HPC-AI Competition

SUNNYVALE, CA and SINGAPORE, May 19, 2022 – The HPC-AI Advisory Council, National Supercomputing Center (NSCC) Singapore and National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) Australia have launched the fifth edition of the APAC HPC-AI Regional Student Competition . Spanning six intensive months, the annual competition welcomes graduate, advanced and undergraduate students from across the APAC region to develop their skills and challenge their understanding of high-performance computing (HPC) and AI technologies, as well as to show off their mastery of both disciplines in a lively international competition.

The 2022 APAC HPC-AI Competition will see 100 students representing 22 teams from 12 APAC countries and regions compete for the coveted crown of this year’s top team.

This year’s competition includes tasks and challenges focused on three of the hottest research topics and critical issues that leverage the power of HPC and AI technologies to better understand and find solutions for improving health. human resources and the sustainability of our planet’s resources and environment. These topics include the development of future green energy mechanisms using HPC technology; analyze and train satellite data with AI technology for better climate modeling and weather forecasting, and; using deep learning technology to perform rapid DNA sequence decoding to improve disease prevention and medical care.

Specific tasks for the 2022 competition include:

  • The HPC task – Quantum ESPRESSO. Hydrogen (H2) is seen as a promising and sustainable solution for energy storage and dispatch in the future. Quantum ESPRESSO can be used to simulate the separation of hydrogen by thermochemical separation of water.
  • The task of AI – Dask. Data science, such as Extract, Transform, Load (ETL), Machine Learning, and Graph Analytics, leverage high-level programming languages ​​to accelerate Dask performance in distributed CPU and GPU systems. Teams will specialize in Dask-CUDA based on OpenUCX to provide increased performance and scalability in a GPU cluster.
  • The Innovation Task – Rapid DNA Sequence Decoding Based on Deep Learning. Transcription factors (TF) play a key role in the gene expression regulatory network. The teams will use deep learning-based AI models to decode the transcription factor binding site in high resolution to better understand the mechanisms of transcription factor regulation.

The HPC-AI Advisory Council, NSCC Singapore and NCI Australia will provide support in the form of foundational HPC and AI education and competition task training for all participants. Additionally, NSCC Singapore and NCI Australia will provide CPU and GPU clusters from their HPC centers for all teams to practice their code on.

“The APAC HPC-AI competition has grown into a terrific annual event, bringing together hundreds of students from across the APAC region to build on their HPC and AI fundamentals and work on important tasks that are critical to the world,” said said Gilad Shainer, Chairman of the HPC-AI Advisory Board. “We wish the students much success in their future achievements and thank NSCC Singapore and NCI Australia for their support, education and training in supercomputing resources.”

“The human health and environmental tasks of the 2022 competition are particularly relevant to the APAC region which is home to around sixty percent of the world’s population. The annual HPC-AI competition is a crucial training ground that nurtures the next generation of HPC and AI professionals and prepares them to meet such challenges,” said Associate Professor Tan Tin Wee, Chief Executive of NSCC Singapore. “Our collaboration with the HPC-AI Advisory Council and our close partners in NCI Australia will help accelerate the advancement of HPC and AI skills for student communities in the region.”

“The HPC-AI competition exposes students to real-world disciplines and encourages new ways of thinking and problem solving,” said Dr Jingbo Wang, head of training and research at NCI Australia. “We look forward to an exciting and educational competition, and sincerely thank the HPC-AI Advisory Board for their tremendous collaboration in helping to cultivate the region’s talent pool of HPC and AI experts.”

The winning teams will be announced in November 2022, followed by an official awards ceremony to celebrate all competitors at the annual SupercomputingAsia 2023 conference, to be held in Singapore from February 28 to March 2, 2023.

For more information on the competition, visit www.hpcadvisorycouncil.com.

About the HPC-AI Advisory Council

Founded in 2008, the HPC-AI Advisory Council (HPCAIAC) is a community-oriented organization with over 400 members committed to promoting HPC and AI through education and outreach. To learn more, become a member at hpcadvisorycouncil.com.

About National Supercomputing Center Singapore

The National Supercomputing Center (NSCC) Singapore was established in 2015 to manage Singapore’s national petascale facilities and high performance computing (HPC) resources. As a national research infrastructure funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF), the HPC resources we provide help meet the research needs of the public and private sectors, including research institutes, institutes of higher learning , government agencies and businesses. With the support of our stakeholders, e.g., Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS), l Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), National Environment Agency (NEA) and Technology Center for Offshore and Marine, Singapore (TCOMS), NSCC catalyzes national research and development initiatives, attracts industrial research collaborations and enhances Singapore’s research capabilities. For more information, visit www.nscc.sg.

About National Computing Infrastructure (NCI) Australia

The National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) is Australia’s leading data, storage and high-performance computing organization, providing expert services to benefit all areas of science, government and industry. NCI brings together the Australian government and the Australian research sector through broad collaboration involving leading national science agencies, universities, industry and the Australian Research Council. NCI empowers government agencies, universities, and industry in multiple areas of research. Our integrated materials, services and expertise generate high-impact research and breakthrough results for Australia.

Source: HPC-AI Advisory Board

Norma A. Roth