Report On The Tenth ICFPProgramming Contest
Eelco Dolstra, Jur Hage, Bastiaan Heeren, Stefan Holdermans, Johan Jeuring, Andres Löh, Arie Middelkoop, Alexey Rodriguez, John van Schie, Clara Löh. Report on the Tenth ICFP Programming Contest . To appear in the Proceedings of the International Conference on Functional Programming, 2008.
The ICFP programming contest is a 72-hour contest, which attracts
thousands of contestants from all over the world. In this report we
describe what it takes to organise this contest, the main ideas behind
the contest we organised, the task, how to solve it, how we created
it, and how well the contestants did.
This year’s task was to reverse engineer the DNA of a stranded
alien life form to enable it to survive on our planet. The alien’s DNA
had to be modified by means of a prefix that modified its meaning
so that the alien’s phenotype would approximate a given “ideal”
outcome, increasing its probability of survival. About 357 teams
from 39 countries solved at least part of the contest. The language
of choice for discriminating hackers turned out to be C++.
- 19 Jul 2008