Announcing the Second Annual Intel® Parallel Universe Computing Challenge

If you are planning on attending Supercomputing 2014 (#SC14) in New Orleans, November 17-20, 2014, you won’t want to miss the second annual Intel® Parallel Universe Computing Challenge (#PUCC14).

The highly interactive and entertaining event, which will take place in Intel’s booth #1315 in the SC14 exhibit hall, is much like a fast-paced television trivia game show that also incorporates a parallel computing code challenge to raise awareness of the benefits of code modernization.

Winners of last year's challenge (Gaussian Elimination Squad from Germany) and the crowd watching the final match

Similar to the inaugural event in 2013, this year’s Intel Parallel Universe Computing Challenge will pit eight teams against each other in a single elimination tournament for a prize that will be awarded to charity.

Teams will be comprised of four members who will compete in a first round rapid-fire challenge with questions about technical computing industry trivia. The second round will be a parallel code optimization challenge where contestants will examine a piece of code that has been deconstructed from its optimized, parallel version. As the team applies code changes they believe will improve the overall performance, the audience will be able to watch the results on overhead screens. Points will be awarded based on the team’s ability to execute quickly and how much they are able to improve code performance.

“SC14 is thrilled to have the Parallel Universe Computing Challenge come to New Orleans as part of the SC14 Exhibit Hall,” said Dona Crawford, chair emeritus of the SC and associate director for Computation at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. “This highly entertaining event will serve to educate our community about the rich legacy of high performance computing, and as a real-time demonstration of the value of code modernization.”

According to James Reinders, director and chief evangelist for Intel software tools and parallel programming, “It’s a fun way to educate the technical computing community on the importance of code modernization and the many benefits to be gained immediately – and on future systems.”

Information on how interested teams may submit their team information for consideration can be found here.

I will be there as the host moderator just like last year. So plan now to be part of the experience!

Just look for the guy in the yellow blazer!