Computer Programming — Mozy Deathmatch

Yesterday I signed up for the $10,000 Deathmatch, a computer programming contest.Mozy, the product of Berkeley Data Systems of Amrican Fork, is a very cool best-of-breed personal online data backup system. To keep up with technology development, Berkeley sponsored a contest to find top programmers around Utah. I expect the top winners will all be getting notes and phone calls to remind them what a wonderful place American Fork is to work.

There were two online elimination rounds yesterday with ten challenges to be completed within strict time limits. Most had to be done within ten minutes. Then the competitors who completed all or almost all the challenges were invited to a live round in American Fork.

There were eight of us left at American Fork at 4:00pm for the final round. The challenge was to write an extremely high-throughput internet server from scratch in ninety minutes. Unless you’ve done it before, that is almost impossible. But we did get several entries which came close to the theshold of processing ten thousand simultaneous connections.

Since none of us quite crossed the line, however, we agreed to split the prize money and look forward to another contest next year.

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5 Responses to Computer Programming — Mozy Deathmatch

  1. brian says:

    Check out that list of finalists. Three Brians out of eight. Our goal for next year is four Brians.

  2. jon says:

    “They are Brian Watkins of Salt Lake City; Bryan Worthen, an employee at the University of Utah’s Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute (SCII); Jon Jensen, Salt Lake City; Brian Palmer, Salt Lake City; U. faculty member Peter Jensen; McKay Davis (SCII); Michael Callahan (SCII); and Ian Robertson of”

  3. wayne says:

    So who were the 8 finalists?

  4. brian says:

    Jon, you are an iron man to have done the challenges in PHP. I just can’t even imagine it. Hope to see you again, too.

  5. jon says:

    That tourney was a blast. It was nice that everyone walked away with something in the end, even though it wasn’t part of the plan. Maybe next year they’ll have prizes for 2nd and 3rd, as it seems unlikely there will be another 8-way tie.

    Hope to see you in the finals again next year.


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