The CHPC Student Cluster Competition includes a series of fast paced lectures on advanced computing themes not typically covered in your undergraduate course work. It would be to your advantage to prepare for the competition by familiarising yourself with the Linux command line and High Performance Computing (HPC) clusters. Below are several links to educational YouTube videos and online courses which will provide a basic background to some of the topics covered.
Intro to Linux
Intro to HPC
Linux Cluster Services
In this competition you will create your own computer cluster on virtual machines, having a basic understanding of the essential software services required to do this will assist you.