[Shenzhen, China, December 23, 2020] The ICPC 2020-2021 semi-finals (Northern Eurasia Region finals) kicked off on December 12! As part of the event, Huawei and NERC held the Cloud scheduling challenge on the Codeforces platform, attracting more than 8000 outstanding program design and algorithm experts from 38 countries.
Contestants have demonstrated solid programming and application skills throughout this wonderful industry competition, providing workable solutions in a short time address scheduling challenges from various technical paths.
“Over the past several years, Huawei has become one of the ICPC’s key partners in the Northern Eurasia region,” said Matvey Kazakov, Executive Director of ICPC Northern Eurasia. “The renewed ICPC Challenge format, particularly the NERC Challenge, is now one of the most valuable collaborations between the ICPC community and businesses. During the NERC Challenge, ICPC contestants get an opportunity to solve some of the real-life problems that Huawei faces, while Huawei collects new ideas from many of the brightest brains in the world today. We are absolutely sure this is a win-win partnership, and we look forward to the exciting new challenges presented by businesses to the ICPC community. We are also extremely grateful to the Codeforces platform for hosting the NERC Challenge.”
“In the future, communications, connections, and AI computing will be ubiquitous. Cloud, edge computing, and Big Data collaboration will introduce greater value to people’s lives and industries,” said Dr. Zhou Hong, President of Huawei’s European Research Institutes. “The NERC Huawei Challenge held by Huawei Cloud BU and ICPC is a unique innovation model that enables outstanding programmers and algorithm enthusiasts to participate in global ICT challenges. Huawei will continue to open up its research platform and world-class challenges. Together, we can build a better connected, intelligent world.”
Zhang Yuxin, the CTO of HUAWEI CLOUD, also shared expectations for the event. “The future will be a fully connected, intelligent world. Cloud is the cornerstone of the intelligent world and serves as the ‘fertile soil’. The cross-industry scenarios, large-scale distribution computing, massive data, cross-device-edge-cloud, and full-stack features of the cloud introduce brand-new technical challenges from chips to applications. We share these technical challenges with global programmers, hoping to stimulate innovative thinking, drive the rapid development of technologies, and embrace the digital world of the future,” Zhang added.
The ICPC is the world’s largest and most influential university programming competition. Since 1970, more than 60,000 university students from 115 countries and regions have participated in the competition every year. To date, more than 400,000 ICPC alumni have gone on to become the core elite of various high-tech companies, universities and research institutes, and start-ups around the world.
For more information about the ICPC 2020-2021 Northern Eurasia Region finals, please visit: https://neerc.ifmo.ru/information/index.html.