Algorithm Competition InstructionsTo be able to compete in the competition, you must be a SOUTHWEST JIAOTONG UNIVERSITY student or a SOUTHWEST JIAOTONG UNIVERSITY faculty member.
In order to compete, you must:
LanguagesTopCoder supports four languages: Java, C++, C# and VB.NET
You can find out more about language support here: Choosing a Language
PhasesTopCoder competitions consist of three phases:
Competition ArenaThe competition takes place in what is called in the Arena. The Arena can be run as an applet from within your web browser or as a stand alone Java Web Start application (recommended). In order to compete, you will need to have Java installed on your computer (Sun Java). You can find links to start the Arena on TopCoder.
Practice ArenaIt is highly recommended that all new members visit the practice rooms prior to competing in an algorithm rated event. By visiting a practice room you will learn the Arena interface, the nature of the problems, and the expected structure of your solution. You will also get a chance to look at thousands of submissions in various languages from other competitors who have visited the practice rooms.
Practice Room FAQ