The German team with the glorious name Gaussian Elimination Squad made the first rank in the Intel Parallel Universe Computing Challenge! Each round of the challenge consisted of two parts: the first was a trivia challenge with 20 questions about computing, computer history, programming languages, and the SC conference series; the second part was a coding challenge, which gave each team ten minutes to speed up a piece of code they had never seen before as much as possible. On top of it all, the audience could watch what the teams were doing on two giant screens. Georg Hager, our team caption, has a blog post with all the details.
The competition was really a lot of fun and a nice distraction from an otherwise pretty busy SC13. There is a short video capturing the atmosphere during the final competition and also a brief article on insideHPC.
The Gaussian Elimination Squad represented the German HPC community, with members from RWTH Aachen (Christian Terboven and Joachim Protze), Jülich Supercomputing Center (Damian Alvarez), ZIH Dresden (Michael Kluge and Guido Juckeland), TU Darmstadt (Christian Iwainsky), Leibniz Supercomputing Center (Michael Ott), and Erlangen Regional Computing Center (Gerhard Wellein and Georg Hager). As only four team members were allowed per match, I was lucky to play together with Gerhard and Georg in all rounds, but the others helped us by shouting advice and answers they thought were correct.