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LUMS Programmers Rank amongst the Best in the World

October 28, 2011

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Computer Science Seniors, Asadullah Naweed, Maisem Jaffery and Salik Nadeem, ranked 30th amongst 1500+ teams from 65 countries, participating in the IEEE Xtreme endurance programming competition last weekend. IEEE Xtreme is a global challenge in which teams compete in a 24 hour time-span against each other to solve programming problems. A second team from LUMS, comprising Husnain Lakhani, Safdar Iqbal and Alamdar Hussain, also reached the top 100, ranking 94th at the closing time of 5 am on Sunday morning.

“It was a lot of fun”, said Asadullah, who had also participated in this competition last year. “We were at it for 24 hours, and I did not sleep till the end.” Teams were ranked based on how many problems they solved, and how quickly they solved them. Official statistics listed 1510 teams and 4022 students from 65 countries in all 10 IEEE regions, making this perhaps the largest programming competition of its kind in the world.