EI Announces Winners in the GRID WARS™ III Parallel Programming Challenge

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HP ProLiant LC Series �Mini� Cluster Awarded to Champion of Engineered Intelligence�s CxC® Parallel Programming Contest

Engineered Intelligence Corporation (EI) today announced winners of its “GRID WARS III”™ parallel programming challenge, in which competing programs written in CxC® (“C by C”) fought for survival of the fittest in a grid of processors. The championship was held live at the ClusterWorld Conference & Expo in San Jose, CA, on April 8th. Mark Wenig of Greenbelt, Maryland, won an HP ProLiant LC Series 4 node cluster for the grand prize, provided by HP. EI will include its CxC parallel programming software on the cluster, making it a “ready to use” parallel computing system.

“As a scientist interested in Genetic Algorithms and swarm intelligence programming, GRID WARS provides a way to create complex algorithms with CxC and then test them against other programs in a fun and entertaining way,” said Wenig. “I’m very excited to win the HP compute cluster with EI software, which will let me easily develop and test even more sophisticated parallel algorithms quickly.”

In GRID WARS, developers write battle programs using EI’s language CxC for parallel programming and upload them into the GRID WARS battlefield, where they compete for prizes and industry recognition. GRID WARS III offered programmers from around the world the chance to prove their parallel programming skills. Second place in GRID WARS III was won by Paul Klinge of Finland, and third place by Chris Mueller of Katy, Texas. HP and ClusterWorld sponsored GRID WARS III and provided the venue, the computing platform for the championship, and prizes including the compute cluster. The winning programs as well as rules and information about GRID WARS are posted on http://www.gridwars.com.

"Many battle program developers contributed to shape CxC into the parallel programming language optimized for neural networks and particle dynamics applications," said Matt Oberdorfer, President and CEO of EI. "Mark Wenig's winning warrior is a perfect example of a parallel program that uses swarm intelligence, was created with genetic algorithms and runs on cellular automata, all in CxC. The audience at ClusterWorld enjoyed an exciting championship event, and we’re very pleased to once again have HP sponsor GRID WARS.”

Programmers who want to compete in GRID WARS can download free challenge kits that enable them to create battle programs on their desktop PCs. The battle programs are then uploaded to compete with other submitted programs in GRID WARS events. Previously submitted warriors are also available on the web site to allow developers to test their programs against previous winners. Complete results and information about this championship and upcoming GRID WARS events can be found at http://www.gridwars.com.

About Engineered Intelligence

Engineered Intelligence Corporation (EI) is the technological leader in desktop supercomputing, bringing the power of high-performance computing to the desktop of every inventor. EI’s software enables scientists and engineers to develop, prototype and test parallel code on a PC, then execute that code on high-performance computing systems and clusters. EI solutions meet the needs of customers in industries where high performance computing is critical. Information about EI can be found at http://www.engineeredintelligence.com.

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