Beihang University Supercomputer Team won the First Prize and Application Innovation Award in the just-concluded finals of the 2020-2021 ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC20-21) held at Southern University of Science and Technology on May 12.
Led by Yang Hailong, an associate professor from the School of Computer Science and Engineering, the team consists of seven undergraduates, including Liu Quqi (leader), Hao Jiwei, Feng Tianyu, Cai Chun, Chen Siyan, Wang Jiazheng (substitute) and Zhong Shuzhang (substitute), who come from different majors and schools.
QuEST, a quantum computing simulation software optimized by the team members, can simulate more than 35 qubits and ten thousand-level quantum gate circuits under the power consumption constraint of 3,000 watts.
It is the seventh time that the team has entered the ASC Global Finals, which demonstrates Beihang undergraduates' solid knowledge of computer system structure and their excellent innovation capabilities. It is also a successful and brand-new exploration of the engineering training model combining "teaching, competition and research" by the School of Computer Science and Engineering.
Jointly organized by the Asia Supercomputer Community in China, INSPUR, and Northern University of Science and Technology, the ASC20-21 attracts more than 300 university teams from 6 continents. After preliminary selection, 21 teams advanced to the finals. Wang Endong, member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Xue Qikun, member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and president of Southern University of Science and Engineering, Jack Dongarra, member of American Academy of Engineering and professor of the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and other experts delivered their speeches in the closing ceremony.
ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge, sponsored and organized by China and supported by experts and institutions from Asian and Western countries, is one of the top three international supercomputing competitions for college students, as well as the world's largest supercomputer hackathon. It aims to provide a platform to promote the exchange and training of young supercomputing talents from different countries, improve supercomputing applications and R&D capacity, drive forward the development of supercomputing, and boost technical and industrial innovation. Since inception in 2012, it has been held for 9 years and has attracted more than 10,000 college students from all over the world.
Reported by Luan Zhongzhi
Reviewed by Wang Yunhong
Edited by Jia Aiping
Translated by Li Xueru and Lyu Xingyun