Pranshu Chaturvedi, Jonathan Nativ, Jialiang Xu, Nishant Sheikh, Freddy Zhang, and Rittika Adhikari
The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC) SCC group includes undergraduate students who have been active participants in the SC SCC competitions for the last three years. The team is guided by three experienced mentors, Dr. Volodymyr Kindratenko, Chit Khin, and Yan Zhan (a past SCC competitor), as well as two advisors, Omri Mor and Simeng Liu, both also past SCC competitors.
Nativ, Chaturvedi, and Sheikh will provide their technical know-how as they were part of UIUC's SCC team at SC19. Chaturvedi has a special interest in computational biology and applied machine learning, while Nativ's focus is on the hardware and software of large-scale distributed and parallel systems. Sheikh is a freshman in the pre-engineering program and is interested in the application of distributed systems in interdisciplinary research. The three other members are new to the team. The VSCC will mark Zhang's first experience with HPC, and he is excited to learn more, particularly about hardware systems and computer architecture. The VSCC will also be Adhikari's first hands-on experience with HPC, and she is excited to learn more about the field, especially in distributed systems and general computer science. Xu, who is majoring in electrical engineering with a computer science minor, was an understudy for SC19 on the IO-500 benchmark application.
The diverse backgrounds of the UIUC team promise to make this challenge interesting to watch. Collectively, they team said they are looking forward to showcasing their skills, meeting other teams, and having fun.