From Kollam to Kanpur

Posted on November 10, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Like last year, this year also my team ( including me, Paddy and ASP ) decided to participate in ACM ICPC. Next thing to be decided was which regional to participate at. Usually ACM ICPC regionals in India are in parallel with our university exams but we were lucky last year.

This year, ACM ICPC regional IIT Kanpur is scheduled for 15-16 December and Amritapuri’s regional is on 5-6 December.

Normally theory exams of final year students are in second half of december, so we decided to participate at Amritapuri’s regional. Earlier it was scheduled for 29-30 November, but later postponed to 5-6 December.

Amritapuri’s online contest was at 0930 IST on 2nd November.

Venue of participation was my room but later shifted to ASP’s room. Contest was for 4 hrs consisting of 4 problems. First question that we attempted was about finding a number Y for a given number X such that Y*rev(Y)=X. Our first approach timed out. Before our next attempt, MSEB interrupted. We switched to UC’s laptop. After applying a different approach with some pruning to the same problem we moved onto next. Next problem was finding number of elements in all sub-subsets. We solved it and were waiting for MSEB’s signal to submit both the problems :). It was 1300 and we decided to go to cybercafe to submit both the codes. I and Paddy went to Wadi and submit the codes. The system responded ( positively 🙂 ) to only the second problem’s submission as results were frozen in last 45 minutes of contest.We were happy after solving one of the problems correctly.

Result was announced on 5th November. Our team’s name was on top 🙂 ( the list was ordered randomly 😉 ).

Now fate of our trip to Kollam was on PU. PU responded very strangely. Our exams are starting from 26th November and will be over on 12th December.

It was night of 7th November and Kanpur regional’s online contest was scheduled next morning. We were discussing what to do next. Last date for registration at IIT Kanpur was 31 October. We still decided to send an email to organising comittee IIT Kanpur to consider our case.

Our request was forwaded to regional contest Director at IIT Kanpur, who considered it positively.

We received their email containing login and password for online contest at 0904 hrs IST i.e 26 minutes before the contest. Paddy checked his inbox at about 1000 hrs, informed me about it and started solving the problems as MSEB’s cut was scheduled for 1145 hrs. I was not in hostel at that time. I reached Paddy’s room at about 1115 hrs. He solved and submitted 2 problems. Our codes were not being judged during the contest. Judgement was to be carried out later.

On 12th November, first list of selected teams was displayed and our name was third from top ( this list was also in random order 🙂 ).

Today is 18 November and we all are preparing for ACM ICPC regional and our university examz.

Hope to perform well in both.

Will be writing again after coming back from Kanpur ;)…………..


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