Please familiarize yourself with the contest environment
by downloading the latest CD ISO image.
If you have a suggestion to improve program development environment or
contest operations, please let us know.
We need your comments by 15 September 2004 to have a chance
to incorporate them before the 2004 contest.
Send your comments by e-mail to email@example.com.
The contest will be run on a GNU/Linux operating system.
This makes it easy to practice with the actual contest environment.
And it will make it faster and easier to ensure all programming teams
will have the same environment. The world finals will also be
conducted using a GNU/Linux operating system.
We have prepared a contest CD based on
the 10 May 2004 release of
You can explore the contest environment by simply booting from the CD.
When you exit the system and remove the CD, the computer is unchanged.
Also, you can install the system from the CD to an Intel-compatible
computer in a few minutes. The CD contains a lot of freely available
software useful for developing Java and C++ programs.
At the contest each team must supply their own computer.
We will install the system on the computer,
thus destroying the pre-existing operating system and any data on it.
Bear this in mind when you choose a computer to bring.
Please install the system on the computer
you intend to bring to ensure that the
contest environment works properly on your hardware.
The computer hardware required for the contest is as follows:
Be sure to check out your hardware with the contest system.
Computers come with wide variation of components and not all
are supported by the contest environment.
Make sure networking works.
- Intel-compatible CPU (i486 or later)
- at least 128 MB of RAM
- IDE hard drive (currently no support for SCSI), at least 3.5GB
- bootable IDE CD-ROM drive (currently no support for USB or Firewire)
- standard SVGA-compatible graphics card
- serial or PS/2 standard mouse or IMPS/2-compatible USB-mouse
- 10/100 baseT network interface card
- floppy drive (in case of network failure)
Please download and test the contest CD.
A CD ISO image is available.
Simply burn the image to a CD.
The printing of program listings will be supported at the programming contest.
Listings will be delivered to the teams.
It is not possible to ensure that receiving printouts will consistently be fast.
Please plan accordingly.
Teams may not bring and use their own printers during the contest.
To print a file, type
at the command line.
Printing any other way is not supported.
By the way, printing is adminstered by CUPS.
Submiting and judging problem solutions will be performed using
Version 8.5d is installed on the contest CD
and has local docucmentation.
In particular, instructions
for use of PC2 by a team is available on the
and is installed
on the contest CD.