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University of Science and Technology of China won the ISC20 (International Supercomputer Competition) for College Students

University of Science and Technology of China won the ISC20 (International Supercomputer Competition) for College Students


BEIJING, June 24,  at 3pm BJTBeijing Time., tThe International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) held a unique online award ceremony, and the Student Cluster Competition (SCC) finally closed after 24 days. A total of 14 final teams participated in the final competition, consisting of 82 college students from 11 countries. They and regions competed fiercely on a system provided by Singapore's National Supercomputing Centre from June 1st to 18th. After nearly a year of training and 23 days of intense online competition, the “Super Computer Swan Goose” team of the University of Science and Technology of China finally won the champion of this competition emerged with the highest score and claimed the championship!

ISC20-SCC online Award Ceremony

Competition Introduction

Founded in 1986, ISC is the oldest top international supercomputing conference, with great influence in industryies. There are two notable events during the conference - the release of the TOP500 global supercomputing system and the holding of a supercomputing competition for college students. On 22 June, the ISC20 conference officially kicked off. Although affected by CovidCOVID-19, the Cconference was changed to be held online, through and through careful arrangement , the conference still attracted nearly 5000 professionals in supercomputing from all over the world. Traditionally, ISC20 shares cutting-edge advances and the most authoritative ideas and perspectives to the world.


Team HongyanSwan Goose, Back to the Stage of ISC-SCC

Isc-sccISC-SCC is one of the top three international supercomputing competitions for college students (SC/ISC/ASC). It is held every year at ISC, and this year is the 9th edition. In October 2019, the Competition organizing committee conducted a rigorous review of preliminary proposals from around the world, and finally 14 teams were selected to participate in the ISC20 finals. This year's final teams consist of strong teams from the world's top universities such as team of the University of Edinburgh, the old veteran South African High Performance Computing Center team (, which has won the a brilliant record in ISC), and the Tsinghua University team, which has won the gold medal in the three international university supercomputing competitions for many times. USTC returned to the ISC this year after a three-year absence.


ISC20 Team HongyanSwan Goose, ÉElites assemebled

ISC20 Hongyan Swan Goose Team was established in September 2019, with Professor An Hong of The School of Computer Science as the head coach, and second-year graduate students Shi Jun and Deng Jingheng of the School of Computer Science and postdoctoral scholar Chen Junshi as assistant coaches. Among the 6 undergraduate team members, juniors Liu Zitan (captain), Huang Yeqi and Zhang Bowen are from School of the Gifted Young. Junior Students Zhan Youyi and Peng Dinglan and senior student Zhao Minfan are from the School of Computer Science. We briefly introduce the team below:


Liu Zitan

Major: in Computer Science

Students from Class 1, Experimental Class for the Sciences of 2017, School of the Gifted Young

Member of Hua Xia Talent Program in Computer Science and Technology

Areas of interest:

- Amateur radio activity

- Computer Graphics


Huang Yeqi

Major: in Computer Science

Students from Class 2, Pilot Innovation Class of 2017, School of the Gifted Young

Member of Hua Xia Talent Program in Computer Science and Technology

Areas of interest:

- Linear Algebra

- High Performance Computing


Zhang Bowen

Major:  in Computer Science

Students from Class 3, Pilot Innovation Class of 2017, School of the Gifted Young

Member of Talent Program in Artificial Intelligence

Areas of interest:

- Natural Language Processing

- Computer Vision

- Multimodal Machine Learning


Zhan Youyi

Major:  in Computer Science

Students from the School of Computer Science

Member of Talent Program in Artificial Intelligence

Areas of interest:

 - Willing to explore every aspect of Computer Science


Peng Dinglan

Major in : Computer Science

Students from the School of Computer Science

Areas of interest:

- High Performance Computing

- Information Security


Zhao Minfan

Major in : Computer Science

Students from the School of Computer Science

Areas of interest:

- Willing to give Eeverything demands tryinga try!.


ISC20-SCCTeam Hongyan March!

During the Spring Festival, with the COVID-19 epidemic raging, all the team members were stranded at home for online learning, so the training was transferred online, too. In early April, under the pressure of COVID-19, the ISC competition organizing committee finally decided to abandon the plan of offline competition and hold online competition instead, and made a major adjustment to the competition system. The biggest change is that all teams would use the same system, eliminating the traditional Linpack, HPCC, HPCG and other system performance tests, and thus not setting the highest Linpack performance award. Another significant change is in the application of challenge, the tested programs were increased from four to six. The two additions were s would be increased from four to six - molecular dynamics simulation software Tinker - HP and GROMACS would be added into the tournament, with the goal of letting the players try to use this two software find ways to fight the COVID - 19 viruses, together with life scientists and researchers worldwide, and joining the fight against COVID - 19 virus. As a result, students are one is expected to have more gain a deeper understanding deeply understand about how the high-performance computing and artificial intelligence affect the human world.

Tinker-HP: Analysis aboutof Covid19’s protein structure

GROMACS: Research on the mechanism of action between drugs and viral proteins

ISC20-SCC is the first international competition that USTC Hongyan Swan Goose Team participated in without going abroad. The team demonstrated their understanding and skills in high-performance computing and artificial intelligence applications to the world through the friendly and challenging games. Having weathered each other’s storms and shared each other's successes, teammates built closer partnerships in the tournament.


Due to the coronavirus epidemic, they had no choice but to continue their learning via online courses and discussion, persevering through many difficulties. They showed us their fearlessness as it is said and embraced the motto of “Just do it.”, tThey tasted the final sweetness of victory after all the bitterness had been takenof the competition, and, of the greatest importance, they attained there invaluable experience. that tThey programmed all night long, they tested, calculated, had their result represented and finally got their deserved world championship!


Hongyan Swan Goose Team from USTC


Since it was founded in 2012, An Hong has been their head coach. He has organized 35 teams and 191 people have participated in SC-SCC, ISC-SCC, ASC, RMDA, PAC, CPC and HPC-AI, among which they won the first place or first prize 13 times, the second place or second prize 7 times, the third place or third prize 7 times, winning and the special awards an additional 7 times. In the college student supercomputing competition held by SC16 Conference, the team from USTC won the total score and the highest LINPACK performance, becoming the first double champion of the SC College student supercomputing Competition since it was held in 2007. It is recognized as the world's top team in the field of supercomputing by peers and experts at home and abroad.

Team Swan Goose swept twow championships onin the SC16: total points and the highest LINPACK performance.