Harrison students to compete in international supercomputer cluster competition

Six Harrison High School students are preparing to compete in the International Super Computer Cluster Competition.

Posted: Nov. 9, 2017 11:49 PM
Updated: Nov. 10, 2017 12:37 PM

West Lafayette, IN (WLFI) — Six Harrison High School students are preparing to compete in the International Super Computer Cluster Competition in Colorado.

They will be the only team of just high school students. They will compete against college and college-high school combined teams.

The challenge is for teams to build a small supercomputer. They will then try to compute the most science within a non-stop 48-hour period.

With the pressure of being the youngest team, Jacob Sharp advises his teammates to stay calm but still have fun.

"We're all gonna be nervous. We're all gonna have those butterflies in our stomach. So, I feel as kind of though forcing those down is gonna be the best way to handle this because it's gonna be different. It'll be fun though," Sharp said.

The team will leave for Denver this Saturday.

One of the biggest challenges of the competition will be staying under 3,000 watts of power, which is equivalent to just two hair dryers.

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