Applications open for the 2020 Student Cluster Competition

The Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) invites applications from suitably qualified candidates to enter the 2020 Student Cluster Competition. The CHPC Student Cluster Competition gives undergraduate students at South African universities exposure to the High Performance Computing industry. The winning team will move on to the international round at the 2021 International Supercomputing Conference in Frankfurt, Germany.
To enter a team, visit and complete the online application form by 23:59 on 14 September 2020. For more information on the CHPC Student Cluster Competition, visit Applications will be processed as they are received and qualifying candidates will be given access to the course content immediately. The centre is running this programme with as much flexibility as possible and encourages students to enter even if it is uncertain if they will be able to complete the course. There are no fees for the course and students may progress at their own pace.

Competition duration

Due to the restrictions in place to combat the spread of COVID-19, the competition’s organising committee has decided to make this round of the competition an online event and spread it out over a period of 10 weeks. The content and total work required to complete the Selection Round remains largely the same as it was in the week-long event that was run in previous years. If you are currently on lockdown without access to the Internet, a computer or a computer lab, you are still encouraged to enter. You do not need to be available from the starting date of the Selection Round and may progress at your own pace. Once you have been entered, you may participate as and when your university makes resources available to you.
For any queries related to the application process, please contact David Macleod at