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Day 4 (March 14th) - Opening Ceremony and Practice Session

Day 4 starts with an usual breakfast in the hotel, after which we moved into the competition room set for the practice sessions (which was in the Crystal Ballroom of Hilton Tokyo Bay Hotel). We were assigned the computer number 06, and our neighbors was Caltech, Carnegie-Mellon, Fudan, and others. (if I remembered correctly)

(Photo taken by Mr. Raymondus Kosala)

The opening ceremony starts with an interesting Japanese dance performance.

Representatives from IBM, ACM, UPE, etc. was seated on the front part of the room (the stage). The host for the whole practice session was Mr. Shingo Takada (the contest director).

There was also a performance by two musicians playing some sort of Japanese guitar (I forgot about the actual names of the instruments). The music as highly rythmical and complex in tones even though there was only two players. We were told not to touch anything on the table before the practice sessions started. On the desk was some souvenirs (LED keyrings), posters, an IBM Thinkpad (closed), an IBM LCD monitor, a keyboard, and a mouse, and probably some other things I did not remember.

The practice sessions went quite well. Probably we was lacking hand-on experience of the actual contest desktop arrangement (it was posted for download from the ICPC’s website sometimes back, though). There was two teams (?) asked to leave their computers, and an announcement was made short after it, which mainly tells us not to try to do anything with the network or anything that might interfere with the contest execution. Some teams also had their names in the practice standings magically removed by submitting more than one problem number (which violates the practice session guidelines).

We had some lunch before the second practice session starts with a question-answering session. Basically the committee does not answer most of the substantial question about the contest environment (use whatever available in the menu, the environment was available long before the contest that they do not want to care answering questions about it). I believe there was a question about the timelimit as well, which was answered more or less “the judges has several reference solutions, and we set the timelimit far higher than the runtime of these solutions” (no timelimit is ever posted for individual problems). We was also told that the problem set had undergone several months of evaluation, revision, and checking so that it does not contain any ambiguity, therefore we were told NOT to bother asking about it in the actual contest.

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4 Comments so far

  1. Andy K April 14th, 2007 5:41 pm

    waw.. nice posts (day 1 - 5)..
    it’s been a long time (well, not so long), how are you ?

    don’t have much to say really..

    good luck with the next competitions :D
    ps. i’m pretty sure the instruments shown (which you forgot the name) are called shamisen. :D

  2. mahli June 9th, 2007 11:50 am

    三線 (さんしん - sanshin). itu nama “gitar”nya.

  3. mahli June 10th, 2007 12:26 am

    setelah dicari2 more info, 三味線 (しゃみせん-shamisen) lebih tepat.

  4. Fiona August 23rd, 2007 3:12 pm

    aaaaaa. shamiseeeeeen…. hiks…

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