Canadian Computer Engineering Students Compete to Design Supercomputing Applications Starting 16 October

    OTTAWA, ONTARIO, October 10 /CNW/ - Student teams use $100,000 of
software and hardware donated by Altera and ImpulseC to create high
performance computer designs in an IEEE contest. In addition to the Innovate
Canada contest, the Ottawa section of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineers) still has openings at the 16 - 17 October workshop in
Ottawa - "Accelerating Computationally Intensive Algorithms". Open to
undergraduate and graduate students, the workshop focuses on the cutting edge
of computer design where engineers are creating breakthrough speed capacity
through combined hardware and software design and increased parallelism. The
workshop is also the start of a Canada-wide competition where teams will
design accelerated computer applications in competition for publication and
thousands of dollars of prizes. Over (Can) $100,000 of tools have been donated
for teams to use. The workshop focuses on a class of processors called Field
Programmable Gate Arrays (FGPA) which has grown enough that it is threatening
to re-level the playing field of super computing. FPGAs are essentially entire
systems on a chip that can be optimized for specific types of math and
throughput (e.g. Google type throughput, International Banking type
mathematical computations and advanced radar systems). The building block
integrated circuits are FPGAs; devices as inexpensive as CAN $10.00, which are
"programmable" such that they can provide multiple cores or streams of logic,
all running in parallel. Parallel processing enables these devices to
outperform traditional processors at lower power for significant types of
computational challenges including video processing, signal processing,
computational finance, scientific computing and many military applications.

    The competition has been conducted in Europe and Japan. This is the first
time in Canada. The competition provides engineering teams with an FPGA based
development board from Altera, and the latest in C software from Impulse. This
enables teams to use their best ANSI C concepts and move them to parallel
processing in FPGA for acceleration. Thousands of dollars of prizes will be
awarded and all functional designs will get published.

    Alfredo Herrera, Senior Member, Vice-Chair EMS-Ottawa and a designer at
Nortel is the volunteer session organizer and has a long history of supporting
Canadian engineering excellence.

    Students can sign up at or

    Information about the sponsors:, and

For further information:

For further information: Alfredo Herrera, 613-763-9598

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