Thinking about ICFP'98 programming contest...

From: Norman Davis (
Date: Mon Jul 20 1998 - 21:22:10 MET DST

From: Norman Davis <>
Subject: Thinking about ICFP'98 programming contest...
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 12:22:10 -0700
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Excuse moi, je ne parle pas Francais.
(I hope the above translates into "Excuse me please, I don't speak French")


I've been thinking about the ICFP'98 programming contest which will be judged
on a "four-processor 150MHz Pentium-Pro box with 128 mbytes of memory running
Linux SMP". I'm wondering if anyone can tell me:

1) Do I need to do anything in particular or organize my program in a certain
way for me to take advantage of the multiple processors? Do I need to seperate
my program into multiple threads or processes? Are there any special calls I
must invoke or libraries I must utilize.

2) Beyond that, what do I need to do to take advantage of parallelism.
Here is a quote from the web site :

>On Thursday, August 27, 1998, a challenge task will be posted
>on the Internet. Teams will have 72 hours to implement a
>program to perform this task and submit this program to the
>contest judges. The judges will perform a competition among
>the submitted programs on a four-processor 150MHz Pentium-Pro
> box with 128 mbytes of memory running Linux SMP.

>Although the precise task chosen will not be revealed until
>the contest begins, performance matters. Algorithm
>cleverness matters. We have specifically chosen a parallel
>machine for the contest so that programs may exploit
>parallelism. Programming languages that help programmers
>to rapidly construct complex systems may allow contestants
>to attempt particularly sophisticated implementations in
>the 72 hours allotted for programming.


  Norman Davis

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