$10,000 in Prizes Set for Student Design Competition

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 25 November, 2009 – Up to $10,000 in prizes is available via the IEEE Computer Society’s new design competition for undergraduates. The deadline to register is 11 January, 2010.

The competition was established to promote excellence in student system design skills. Teams of three to five college or university students currently working on undergraduate degrees are eligible to enter, providing they are assisted by a faculty mentor.

Teams will be asked to design a simulator able to run on a typical PC using a Windows-based operating system. The system will be judged according to the originality of its architecture, the simulator’s functionality, quality, and versatility, and the use of software engineering in the simulator’s design.

Credit will be awarded for construction of the instruction set and the tradeoff between complexity and elegance. This aspect gives contestants an opportunity to play with a computer architecture and to demonstrate originality.

In order to simplify the project, students aren’t required to consider interrupt handling, floating-point operations, or pipelining/superscalar mechanisms. That is, the hypothetical architecture doesn’t have to include floating-point instructions or hardware interrupts. A final report must describe the project.

“This is an exciting competition because it cuts across traditional boundaries by combining architecture with program design and software engineering – just like real life,” said Alan Clements, Vice President and Chair of the Educational Activities Board and a professor of computer science at the University of Teesside in the UK. “All you have to do is to write a program. Well, that’s not quite all. You have to write an excellent program using professional design techniques.”

To register, visit http://www.computer.org/portal/web/competition by 11 January, 2010. The project must be submitted by 9 April 2010. International judges will be selected by the IEEE Computer Society.

About the IEEE Computer Society

With nearly 85,000 members, the IEEE Computer Society is the world’s leading organization of computing professionals. Founded in 1946, and the largest of the 39 societies of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Computer Society is dedicated to advancing the theory and application of computer and information-processing technology. The Society serves the information and career-development needs of today’s computing researchers and practitioners with technical journals, magazines, conferences, books, conference publications, certifications, and online courses.


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