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China dominates NSA-backed coding contest




China dominates NSA-backed coding contest
China dominates NSA-backed coding contest



http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&taxonomyName=development&articleId=9134122 

By Patrick Thibodeau
June 8, 2009
Computerworld

Programmers from China and Russia have dominated an international 
competition on everything from writing algorithms to designing 
components.

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 
skills.

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