As usual, the contest will be held in two 5-hour sessions, like the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) itself. On each day the contestants will have to solve three algorithmic problems using pencil, paper and a PC only.
Just a glimpse on the content of the upcoming rules before they will appear in their final version:
The same procedure as every year (almost...)
- The computers will be booted using a system similar to the IOI-CD providing a Linux-only system.
- For tasks requiring a program submission (most to all of them), the programming languages C, C++ and PASCAL are allowed.
- Submissions are to be made using a webinterface. The latest accepted submission for each problem will be used to compute the final score for each problem. A submission is accepted by the system, if the trivial public testcase succeeded (on which immediate feedback is given by the system). On failure, the submission is rejected by the system. This automatism can be overriden by a simple checkbox when submitting, forcing the system to accept the submission (even if the public testcase fails); please note that this is not recommended, as it normally helps you to detect e.g. simple input/output problems like missing newline characters or trailing blanks.
- All contestants will be given the opportunity for a practice session before the first day of contest. The results of this session will be evaluated, but not counted into the final score.
This year's specialities
- All keyboards used have german layout. Pictures will be published in advance. You will be allowed to attach non-permanent stickers onto the keys in cooperation with the TC. (The usual process of bringing any item into the contest rooms.)
- Update: You will be allowed to bring along your own unprogrammable keyboard. There are USB as well as PS/2 ports available on each computer. (Again, you have to cooperate with the TC.)
The final version of the rules was distributed during the practice session.