Contest environment

Equipment at Montichiari (contest hall)

All the 400 contest machines will be installed to boot in Linux. The following packages will be installed:

  • distribution: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS i386, Gnome Classic;
  • web browsers: Firefox;
  • editors: joe, vim, kate, kwrite, eclipse-cdt, emacs, lazarus, gedit, nano, scite, codeblocks, geany, fp
  • compilers and interpreters: gcc 4.6, g++ 4.6, fpc 2.4, python 2.7.3, ruby 1.8.7
  • debuggers: gdb, ddd
  • documentation for Pascal, C, C++, STL.

Hardware specification:

  • Laptop: Acer TravelMate 5744, display 15.6″HD 16:9 WXGA
  • CPU: Intel i3-380M 2.53 GHz 3 MB L3 cache
  • RAM: 4GB DDR3-1066/PC3-8500
  • User disk space: at least 100 GB
  • USB international US-layout keyboard, USB mouse (the laptop keyboard is in Italian)

Please contact the organization as soon as possible for visually impaired contestants that need a larger external monitor.

Equipment at Garda Village (translation hall)

All the 100 translation machines will be installed to boot in Windows 7. The following software will be available:

  • distribution: Windows 7;
  • web browsers: Explorer, Firefox;
  • editors: MediaWiki

Hardware specification:

  • Laptop: Acer TravelMate 5744, display 15.6″HD 16:9 WXGA
  • CPU: Intel i3-380M 2.53 GHz 3 MB L3 cache
  • RAM: 4GB DDR3-1066/PC3-8500
  • User disk space: at least 100 GB
  • USB international US-layout keyboard, USB mouse (the laptop keyboard is in Italian)

Paperless Contest

As an experiment this year’s contest will be run as a paperless contest, to save on the large amount of wasted paper. Here are some implications.

  1. Contest. Each contestant will have on-line access to the English description of the official tasks, the auxiliary information, and all their translations, in electronic format (PDF). Do not panic: at any time during the contest, the contestant can still print on request as in the past. Also, sketchpad, question form, ID and password to connect to the contest management system (CMS) will be still on paper.
  2. Translation. All the team leaders will have access to MediaWiki (MW) during the translation session since MW supports all the needed languages. The English description of the official tasks will already be available in the MW format, and there will be an interface to help in the translation job. In particular, the subsequent textual modifications to the tasks will be easily identified to speed up the translation process, with the possibility of generating the PDF that the team leaders have to officially validate. It is still possible to print on request as in the past but now there is no more need to produce and deliver printed copies of the translation.
  3. Problem discussion. The meeting will be held in the translation room, so the same conditions for translation apply here. Minor and major objections will be handled electronically as well.
  4. Daily news: they will be available on-line in PDF from this Web site.

Supplies

In the competition room, blank paper and writing tools will be provided. On the competition days, contestants may not bring anything into the competition rooms, except for the following items under the proviso that they cannot transmit or store any data in electronic or printed format (other than the purpose for which they have been designed):

  1. clothing,
  2. reasonable jewelry,
  3. writing utensils,
  4. keyboards,
  5. small mascots,
  6. English dictionaries.

Watches cannot be brought since timing is provided by CMS. If a contestant wants to bring a keyboard, small mascots or English dictionaries to the competition, these must be submitted to the technical staff during the practice competition day. Any of these will be checked and, if cleared, will be given to the contestant in the first competition day. After the first competition day, the contestant must leave these items on his or her workstation if he or she wants to use them during the second competition day. Once again these will be checked and, if cleared, will be given to the contestant in the second competition day. After the second competition day the contestant must take any of these items with him or her.

Any attempt to bring any other item into the competition room will be considered cheating. In particular, during competition rounds it is strictly prohibited to bring:

  1. any computing equipment (e.g., keyboards, mice, calculators, organizers, PDAs, computers, calculator or “data bank” watches),
  2. any books, manuals, written or printed materials,
  3. any data storage medium (e.g., diskettes, CD-ROMs, “pen drives”, compact flash/smart cards, micro-drives),
  4. any communication devices (e.g., mobile phones, radios of any sort).

Any electronic or printed materials provided by the organizers during the Competition Round may be used by the contestants (e.g., a Users Guide to the Contest System, or any electronic documentation or reference manuals provided in the installed contest environment or on the provided CMS).

Practicing with the environment

An image of the contestant’s environment has been prepared to practice at home:

  1. It is available for download here (2.4 Gb).
  2. It includes also the practice tasks.
  3. It runs using the VirtualBox virtual machine.

Snapshots of the USB international US-layout keyboard at IOI