New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge

Guidelines for Selecting a Project

When choosing a project for the Challenge, one of the most important considerations is that it be something that can be done in the short time of the program. Projects are judged on overall quality and by the progress made by the team during the competition year. It is important to submit a project that is complete. It is also important to choose a project in which you have a genuine interest.

When examining projects, the judges consider the scientific content; the effectiveness of the computational approach; the creativity, innovation, and initiative shown in developing and carrying out the project; and the clarity of the presentation of the work.

For more information about guidelines for the projects, please see

See also the list of Areas of Science Appropriate for Challenge Projects.


Project Requirements and Restrictions

The following rules apply to all projects for the Challenge:

  • Your project problem MUST represent a real science or mathematics problem from the approved list of appropriate science areas for the Challenge. To be competitive, you must clearly demonstrate that the solution requires the use of high-performance computing resources.

  • The final version of your computer application software must be written in a high level programming or scripting language. Software applications such as Excel, StarLogo, NetLogo, Matlab, and Mathematica are also allowed. If you wish to use another programming language, it must be approved, in advance, by consult @

  • Your project cannot involve live vertebrate animal experimentation.

  • If you want to use human subjects in your Challenge project, you must get approval beforehand from the Challenge Consulting Team.

Software submitted during the course of the Challenge competition will be the exclusive property of each participant. Each participant does grant the sponsoring organizations a nonexclusive right to reproduce, modify, use, display, and distribute such software and other material which they submit.

For questions about the Supercomputing Challenge, a 501(c)3 organization, contact us at: consult @

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