NTHU team shines bright at the ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge

The award-winning team. Front row, from left: Jerry Chou (advisor), Wang Tzuwen (team captain), Chang Chenghsun, and Hsiao Yicheng (coach); back row, from left: Mou Chanyu, Chiang Liyuan, and Huang Wenyuan. Photo: National Tsing Hua University

KUALA LUMPUR: A team from NTHU’s Department of Computer Science has won the Championship in the online group of the 2020-2021 ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge, outperforming over 300 teams representing prestigious universities worldwide.

According to a statement, the team won the competition for the second straight time following the victory in 2019.

ASC of China is one of the three most important worldwide supercomputer competitions for university teams along with the SCC of the United States, and the ISC of Germany.

Team adviser, Professor Jerry Chou said supercomputer competitions hone students’ ability to use software and hardware in solving various real-world problems.

In addition to basic skills, participants must also have strong knowledge of various related fields and know how to apply it in different situations — a strength which his teams have consistently demonstrated over the years.

This year’s team consisted of juniors Wang Tzuwen, Huang Wenyuan, and Chang Chenghsun, and sophomores Mou Chanyu and Chiang Liyuan.

Team captain, Tzuwen said the team began preparing for the competition in the summer of 2019, with training provided by senior classmates Hsiao Yicheng and Lin Ente.

He said competing online was more challenging, because the cloud platform wasn’t made available until the competition began. In addition to deciding on the optimal division of labour, the team had to quickly install and become familiar with the software so that they could start their computations.

NTHU, currently ranking second in the world, is a force to be reckoned with, in the circle of supercomputer competitions. The team also won several awards at SCC, including the Championship in 2010, 2011 and the Highest LINPACK Award in 2007, 2008, and 2014. – Bernama