Intel Threading Challenge 2011

Yes, it’s that time of year again.  The Intel Threading Challenge is back so it’s time to dust off, brush up, sharpen, or just generally apply your coding skills to a series of challenging problems.

Like last year, the Intel Threading Challenge 2011 is divided into two levels, Apprentice and Master. It’s up to you to decide which level suits you, or which one you will gain the most from in terms of challenges and learning.

There are also two phases to the contest: one that is set to open on 18th April and the other that will appear later in the year. [Update, 11 November 2011: Phase 2 has been cancelled now, but there will be a new contest in 2012].

The first phase includes three problems at each level.  And for the phase two details, you’ll need to stay tuned until September 2011 when further details will be unveiled.

For each problem there will 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes awarded. You can check the prizes available here.

But just for your information, as the coding challenge enters the second phase the top prizes, at both the Master and Apprentice level, is a trip to Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, worth an estimated $3550 or €2500.

Those of you who take part will have the option of developing and testing their applications on Intel Manycore Testing Lab (MTL).

This 40 core, 80 thread beast has some new configurations, so if you take up the challenge and use MTL, you’ll be some of the first to take advantage of them.

If you feel the urge to pit your coding wits, you’ll need to move swiftly, the first problem is set to drop early next week.

Registering is really simple. Just go to the Official Rules page and register via the To Enter section.

Good luck.

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