No sleep, lots of fun,
Crunch the data, push the run,
Glory in the end!
So we won't officially know the results of the Cluster Challenge until tomorrow, but we're all wrapped up now. At 4pm we finished turning in our results and had a short interview with the judges (including the Man, Jack Dongarra himself!). Basically they went over what we learned, how it was interesting to work across 7 time zones, etc. This year was definitely a lot smoother overall than last year was!
Now that everything's wrapped up, no one is being secretive any longer about the results they've gotten and how many data sets they ran. It sounds like we pretty handily beat all the teams, although I'm not positive about the Taiwanese team yet. It's great, though; there's definitely been a sense of comraderie among the teams like there was last year.
I spent the night shift here last night, and that's really been the most fun time I've spent in the conference center. Card games and movies can go a long way towards entertaining sleep-deprived college students. And in the early hours of the morning it's great to find yourself discussing datasets. :)
It's been an interesting year. I have to say that I had a different kind of experience this time around. But now it's time to go laser tagging and play in an arcade, so... cheers!