Swarming the SC’17 Student Cluster Competition
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The Student Cluster Competition is a suite of challenges where teams of undergraduates design a computer cluster and then compete against each other through various benchmark applications. The present study will provide a select summary of the experiences of Team Swarm who represented the Georgia Institute of Technology at the SC’17 Student Cluster Competition. This report will first describe the competition and the members of Team Swarm. After this introduction, it focuses on three major aspects of the experience: the hardware and software architecture of the team’s computer cluster, the team’s system administration workflow and the team’s usage of cloud resources. Additionally, the appendix provides a brief description of the team members and their method of preparation.