CIUK 2022 Cluster Challenge
01 Jul 2022










​Team ClusDur
Team Bristol B​51
RunTime Terrors​
Team Bristol A42.5
​Team York
​Team UCL

​​​Challenge 1 - Alces Flight

Challenge1_AlcesFlight_WINNERS.png​Team ClusDur from Durham University take the win in challenge 1 and the maximum 10 points, with the two Bristol teams close behind. An excellent challenge set by Alces Flight to start the competition. The teams now know what to expect and move onto challenge 2 with Team ClusDur at the top of the leaderboard and everyone else playing catch-up!​

Challenge 2 - Boston and Graphcore

Challenge2_Boston_WINNERS.pngTeam ClusDur from Durham University take the win again in challenge 2 and the maximum 10 points, with the two Bristol teams close behind (again). Team UCL pick up their first points of the competition and it is still neck and neck going into challenge 3. Well done to Boston and Graphcore for setting a difficult challenge that certainly tested the teams!

Challenge 3 - OCF

Challenge3_OCF_WINNERS.pngTeam ClusDur from Durham University take the win again in challenge 3 and are on a roll!!! Team York appear in the top 3 for the first time with the Runtime Terrors from Birmingham also performing much better in this challenge in 4th place. Thank yu to all the team at OCF for helping to make the challenge so much fun. We now have a short break until the in-person challenges at CIUK 2022 in Manchester.

Challenge 4 - Q Associates

Challenge_InPerson_QAssociates.pngThe RunTime Terrors from Birmingham University pick up their first win of the competition with a brilliant performance. Team Bristol "B" in second place with current leaders Tean ClusDur occupying last place in this challenge.

Challenge 5 - Alces Flight

Challenge_InPerson_AlcesFlight.pngTeam York take their first win of the competition!!! The RunTime Terrors from Birmingham University take second place with Bristol "B" in third and Team ClusDur from Durham once again in last place for this challenge. The teams are now all very close in the overall competition. 

Challenge 6 - Boston

Challenge_InPerson_Boston.pngTeam ClusDur are back on form at just the right moment! They take the win in the Boston and Graphcore challenge with the RunTime Terrors again in second place and Bristol "A" taking an excellent third place. 

Challenge 7 - OCF

Challenge_InPerson_OCF.pngTeam ClusDur take the win in the final challenge with OCF - and with it the overall title of  CIUK 2022 Cluster Challenge Champions. Bristol "B" finish a very credible second and the RunTime Terrors complete the top three.

  • ​Teams of up to six students will complete a number of online challenges over the weeks leading up to the conference, followed by a series of challenges during the event itself on 1-2 December.
  • Based on the CIUK competition, a CIUK team will be identified to compete in the International Supercomputing (ISC 2023) Student Cluster Challenge in Hamburg in June 2023.
  • ​​Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to participate.
  • Travel and accommodation is provided for teams during the conference in Manchester in December. ​

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Following the success of our first two Student Cluster Challenges at CIUK 2020 and CIUK 2021 the competition will return in 2022 for it's third edition. As in 2021 this years' Student Cluster Competition will be a hybrid competition with a series of online challenges leading up to the conference followed by some physical, hands-on challenges during the conference itself.

CIUK 2022 Cluster Challenge Teams

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Bristol (A)

Bristol (B)

​CIUK 2022 Cluster Challenge Partner Companies


UPDATE... this year we are changing the format of the online part of the competition to make it more accessible for the teams taking part. In previous years we have always scheduled when the challenges will take place but this meant risking clashes with more important University activities, Therefore, we are now offering teams a ten day window for each challenge and the teams will tell us when they want to complete their three hour challenge. Team captains will contact the mentor for each challenge and arrange a four hour time slot  – one hour for familiarisation and to make sure they can log into the system and three hours to complete the challenge.

We will begin with 4 online challenges…

​Monday 24 October to Wednesday 2 November >>> Alces Flight
Wednesday 26 October to Friday 4 November >>> Boston
Monday 31 October to Wednesday 9 November >>> OCF 
Wednesday 2 November to Friday 11 November >>> Q Associates

There will then be 4 challenges at CIUK…

Wednesday 30 November (1-4pm) >>> Q Associates
Thursday 1 December (9am-12pm) >>> Alces Flight
Thursday 1 December (1-4pm) >>> Boston
Friday 2 December (9am-12pm) >>> OCF
Friday 2 December (2pm) >>> RESULTS

As in previous years travel and accommodation for team members attending CIUK will be provided.

Who will succeed our CIUK 2020 champions Team Durham University and last years champions from CIUK 2021 Team Bristol University/Bath University?

Need to see more? Have a look back to our first ever Cluster Challenge Competition at CIUK 2020...


Contact: Computing Insight UK