[hpc-announce] CFP: 2nd Annual BSC/UPC HPC Hackathon

Antonio J. Peña antonio.pena at bsc.es
Wed Oct 4 09:07:29 CDT 2017

/I couldn't stop looking into those enigmatic eyes. We were sitting next 
to the bar, facing the dancing floor. The party kept ongoing heavily as 
this was the last segment of the Mediterranean bachelor cruise, from 
Nice to Barcelona, and the dream-trip for those youngsters was going to 
end in about 18 hours. I had "e-met" this person the night before when I 
was hacking the cruiser's database to get the list of all the passengers 
and their profiles. I was bored. The system was poorly designed and an 
old exploit granted me access to what I needed. Once inside the system, 
I noticed that I was not the only person who had the same thought. The 
message "I was waiting for you." prompted into my terminal. "Who are 
you?" I asked, as I was curious to know who was the other hacker in this 
cruise. "My name is 'Z'." the other intruder answer. After a couple of 
exchanges we set an appointment to meet personally at the cruiser top 
level club. I had chosen a place full of people for safety reasons. I 
kept wondering who was this person the entire day. Finally the night 
arrived and I was sitting in front of 'Z'. "I have a project for you" Z 
said. "I am not interested" I replied immediately. Z took a small peace 
of paper out of his pocket and handed it to me: "Maybe this will 
interest you". There was a six digit number written in it. "What kind of 
project?" I asked. "First I need you to pass a test" Z answered. I 
didn't like where things were going, but my curiosity wouldn't let me 
back-off : "What test?" Z stared at the dance floor, those eyes again, 
the floor was full of young people chatting and dancing: "I need you to 
write an algorithm the takes the profile of everyone in this crowd and 
finds a good match for them. If every one has a match before we arrive 
to Barcelona, then I will answer any question you have". I felt like the 
paper in my hand was bursting into flames, it was starting to burn my 
fingers. The six digits were dancing in my mind. I finished my drink and 
I answered: "Game On!"

Are you addicted to coding and solving complex problems? Come to the 
*2nd Annual BSC/UPC HPC Hackathon* and test your problem solving skills. 
In this competition you will be asked to think elegant and efficient 
solutions for challenging problems. Time will be your most important 
enemy, as you struggle to solve as many problems as possible in a 
limited time.

To participate, you will need good coding skills, primarily in C and 
shell, but knowledge in other programming languages such as C++ and 
python is recommended. You should also be familiar with version control 
systems, such as git and mercurial, and have a good knowledge on Unix 
systems. You will be asked to solve problems in three different topics: 
GPU Computing, Parallel Programming and Software Security. You will be 
given access to high-end machines with last generation technology and 
high speed network. We will also provide you with food and beverages so 
that you can focus on coding.

The hackathon will take place on *Friday November 3rd to Saturday 
November 4th, at the UPC Campus Nord - Agora Room 
<http://hackathon.bsc.es/logistic>, from 18h to 12h (18 hours) 
<http://hackathon.bsc.es/schedule>*. A jury will evaluate the 
participants and the winners will take home nice prizes. Among the 
prizes, there is a last generation high-end gaming GPU offered by nVidia!

The top participant of the Hackathon will get:

  * NVIDIA Gaming GPU.
  * 6-months part-time contract to work at BSC.
  * Prices for the 2nd and 3rd place are yet to be defined.

Organizing Committee :


    Leonardo Bautista-Gomez (BSC)


    Marc Casas (BSC)


    Antonio J. Peña (BSC)

Sponsors :


    BSC/UPC NVIDIA GPU Center of Excellence



For more information please visit : hackathon.bsc.es

Antonio J. Peña, PhD
Sr Researcher & Activity Lead, Computer Sciences Dept | Teaching and Research Staff
Manager, BSC/UPC NVIDIA GPU Center of Excellence      | Computer Architecture Department
Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC)                 | Technical University of Catalonia (UPC)
Juan de la Cierva Fellow, Prospective Marie Curie Fellow

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