Exactly what it sounds like: an extremely powerful computer. Supercomputers are designed to do enormous numbers of calculations at the same time and are used by a wide range of organisations including: F1 racing, Disney/Pixar, World of Warcraft and Facebook. They are also extremely important to advances in medicine and science - without Supercomputers we would not be able to study the birth of stars, climate change or design new medicines to name just a few.
Each Supercomputer is unique and around the world great Supercomputers have been given great names to match. Irish Supercomputers have previously been named after famous Irish scientists but now we are asking you to help name Ireland's brand new Supercomputer.
The winning class or dojo and their teacher/mentor will each receive a specially designed T-shirt with the new name on the front and a photo of the Supercomputer on the back. They will also be taken on a trip to the hosting facility to see the Supercomputer itself!
The competition will be open to schools and CoderDojos across Ireland and details of how to enter will appear on this site soon.
Details will appear on this site soon. To stay up to date with the competition please submit your contact details:
Do you want to write code for a Supercomputer?
As well as having the chance to name a Supercomputer, ICHEC are also running a second competition with CoderDojo where students will get access to computer resources here at ICHEC to do some parallel programming.
Further details of this competition will appear here soon but in the meantime please check out some C/C++ and OpenMP.