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Texas A&M Team To Compete In 48-Hour Supercomputing Challenge

High Performance Research Computing will field six undergraduates for the international Student Cluster Competition at the 2022 Supercomputing Conference in Dallas.
By Texas A&M University Research Communications and Public Relations November 8, 2022

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Members of Gig ‘Em Bytes are (from left) Curran Watson, Luis Diaz-Santini, Ashwin Kundeti, Patrick Quinn, Catherine Larson and Kenton Romero.

Texas A&M Division of Research


A team of six undergraduates will represent Texas A&M University this month at the 2022 Supercomputing Conference in the Student Cluster Competition (SCC), a high-performance computing challenge.

Gig ’Em Bytes will compete with nine other teams from the United States, Germany, Switzerland, Singapore, Taiwan and China on Nov. 14-16 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. The competition selected the teams after considering submissions from around the world.

Team members of Gig ’Em Bytes are senior Patrick Quinn, senior Curran Watson and sophomore Catherine Larson, College of Arts & Sciences, and junior Ashwin Kundeti, senior Luis Diaz-Santini and senior Kenton Romero, College of Engineering. Logan Knudsen, senior in the College of Arts & Sciences, assists the team.

The students are advised by Lisa Perez, director for advanced computing enablement at Texas A&M High Performance Research Computing (HPRC) in the Division of Research. Dell Technologies, NVIDIA Corporation, AMD Technologies, Rockport Networks and HPRC sponsor the team.

The SCC is a non-stop, 48-hour challenge to build small clusters, learn applications and optimize techniques for chosen computer architectures. Competitors are observed by conference attendees and judges as they complete real-world scientific workloads on approved hardware and software.

Teams in the competition will attend the Supercomputing Conference held Nov. 13-18. The conference is a premier international conference for high-performance computing, networking, storage and analysis. It attracts more than 13,000 attendees from around the world.

Located in the conference’s exhibit hall, the SCC booth will feature the latest technologies and innovations from the world’s leading vendors, research organizations and universities. It will open Nov. 15-16 to all conference attendees from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

The competition is part of the Students@SC program, a series of professional-development opportunities for students interested in the high-performance computing industry. The conference will include workshops, webinars, guest speakers, panel discussions, research showcases, marketplace exhibitions and award ceremonies.

Media contact: Lisa Perez,, 979-458-8414

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