The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) team, also recognized by the unofficial icon "The Pink Flamingo," is mentored by Dr. Mary Thomas. This is the San Diego Supercomputing Center (SDSC)/UCSD's first opportunity to sponsor an SCC team. Thomas said she is excited to bring a team to the SCC event, which includes six members and an alternate.
According to Thomas, this team has been carefully crafted. "The team was formed during the month of July 2020, and each member has distinct qualities that will enhance their role within the competition," she noted.
Thomas explained that Li is eager to use his knowledge on parallel and quantum computing to determine optimal solutions to the competition's applications. Apodaca has experience in computer architecture and has dabbled in cloud computing. Kong is focused on embedded system design, and his curiosity about a supercomputer's architectural design motivated him to participate in the competition. Gupta has wanted to be part of an SCC team since he heard about the SCC from his friends at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. Gupta hopes that his software development and cloud computing experience will help the team to be successful. Pan aspires to be a research scientist working in computational linguistics. Therefore he hopes to learn more about HPC to better equip him for his time in academia.
"The students on our team are self-motivated, technically competent, highly interested in HPC, and are looking forward to learning about HPC, playing in the cloud, and learning to work with each other as a team," Thomas said. "The SCC opportunity is important because there is no undergraduate HPC-related program at UCSD, so this gives them an opportunity to develop key skills needed in the future."