By Patrick Thibodeau
June 8, 2009
Programmers from China and Russia have dominated an international
competition on everything from writing algorithms to designing
Whether the outcome of this competition is another sign that math and
science education in the U.S. needs improvement may spur debate. But the
fact remains: Of 70 finalists, 20 were from China, 10 from Russia and
two from the U.S.
TopCoder Inc., which runs software competitions as part of its software
development service, operates TopCoder Open, an annual contest.
About 4,200 people participated in the U.S. National Security
Agency-supported challenge. The NSA has been sponsoring the program for
a number of years because of its interest in hiring people with advanced
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