Finalists Selected in Student Design Competition

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 25 May, 2010 – The IEEE Computer Society has selected 12 teams that will be invited to continue onto the final stage of the 2010 Computer Society Student Design Competition.
The 12 teams will compete against each other for four top slots and prizes of $1,000. A prize of $7,000 will go to the overall top-winning team. Initially, the contest called for the selection of 10 semifinalists.
“We have actually chosen 12 teams because we felt that 12 teams deserved to go forward,” said Alan Clements, Past Vice-President of the IEEE Computer Society Educational Activities Board. “I have been impressed by the high quality of the entries. I would like to thank all teams that have taken part.”
The finalists are:
• Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) Team – S. Korea
• Al-Azhar University Team – Egypt
• Chulalongkorn University Znchronization Team – Thailand
• Florida Gulf Coast University Team – USA
• Los Andes University at Bogota Team - Colombia
• Russian State Technological University (MATI) – Russia
• San Pablo Catholic University Peru Team – Peru
• UCI Team 9 – Cuba
• Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana Team - Colombia
• University of California, San Diego Team – USA
• University of Jordan Team – Jordan
• University of Massachusetts, Amherst Red Team - USA
The competition, intended to promote excellence in system design, requires students to solve a real-world problem. The teams are being judged on the design’s originality; the simulator’s functionality, quality, and versatility; and the use of software engineering.
Student teams were limited to five members, all of whom must be working on undergraduate degrees. Credit is being awarded for construction of the instruction set and the tradeoff between complexity and elegance. In order to simplify the project, students are not required to consider interrupt handling, floating-point operations, or pipelining/superscalar mechanisms.
Contestants were required to explain their work in a project report. The semifinalists will be given the opportunity to update their reports to reflect progress and new results.

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