October 7, 2022 – Tokyo Tech’s Global Scientific Information and Computing Center (GSIC), Osaka University’s Cybermedia Center (CMC), and RIKEN Center for Computational Science (R-CCS) hosted the 2022 Supercomputing Competition (SuperCon2022) for high school and technical college students from August 22-26, 2022. This year’s competition was the twenty-eighth of its kind.
SuperCon involved teams of two to three high school or technical college students who attempt to solve difficult problems using a supercomputer. In the past, participating teams gathered at the East Japan site at Tokyo Tech and the West Japan site at Osaka University to compete in the competition finals, but due to the spread of COVID-19 , the 2022 competition was held online as in the previous one. year. The final featured 57 participants – 20 teams from 14 high schools or technical colleges who passed the preliminary rounds using RIKEN’s Fugaku supercomputer.
2022 SuperCon Final
In this year’s final, participants were asked to “distinguish the strings with an automaton”. Automata theory is a branch of theoretical computer science with a history of over 60 years and is known for its various applications to programming languages and pattern matching. This year’s main problem was inspired by a famous unsolved problem in automata theory.
Results and closing ceremony
The final results of the competition were announced during the closing ceremony, which was held online on the final day of the competition. After greetings and congratulations from Tokyo Tech President Kazuya Masu, R-CCS Computer Science Promotion Office Director Koshi Nitta and CMC Director Shinji Shimojo, Professor GSIC and Chairman of the Executive Committee of SuperCon, Shinya Nishizaki, announced the results. Assistant Professor Yoshiki Nakamura of Tokyo Tech’s School of Computing offered an explanation and feedback on the issues and final answers.
First place went to Team Citrus from Nada High School, while second place went to Team noCrepuS from Shibuya Kyoiku Gakuen Makuhari High School. Team bubuzuke from Matsumoto Shuho High School and team T0M0K4ZU from Tokyo Tech High School of Science and Technology tied for third place. In addition, the prize of the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology was awarded to the first winner.
The Citrus team was also announced as the recipient of the Academic Award from the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers and the Information Processing Society of Japan. This is the second consecutive year that Team Citrus has won the award.
SuperCon 2022 Winners
1st place: Citrus Team, Nada High School
2nd place: noCrepuS Team, Shibuya Kyoiku Gakuen Makuhari Senior High School
3rd place: Team bubuzuke, Matsumoto Shuho Secondary Education School and Team T0M0K4ZU, Tokyo Tech High School of Science and Technology
Source: SuperCon 2022 Committee