It is always satisfying and important for me when former contest participants offer their help to the community and support the development of programming competitions. And now I am in a hurry to share the news that thanks to the support of XTX Markets and the personal participation of Yuri Bedny and Alexander Gerko, we are launching a new line of Codeforces Global Rounds. Hooray!
Like many of you, I had never heard of XTX Markets before but it is one of the largest quantitative-driven electronic liquidity providers in the world. I understand little about the financial sector, but with their 34,148 cores and 42 petabytes of usable storage in their research cluster, XTX’s rapid growth and strong market share globally speak for themselves.
So, in 2019, with the support of XTX Markets, 6 rounds of the new Codeforces Global Rounds will be held. These will be common rounds for both divisions of 7–9 problems each. The duration of the rounds will be 2-3 hours, depending on the number and complexity of the problems. All such rounds will be rated for all participants. At each such round, 50 brand T-shirts will be handed out, and we will be happy to give T-shirts to all authors and problem testers.
I will be very happy for Codeforces to work with the best authors of the problems. I hope that the XTX Markets initiative will allow for interesting and testing rounds that will delight community members! We have the opportunity to pay $800, double fee, for the preparation of a full set of problems (for some rounds we may collect problems from different authors).
The first Global Round will take place very soon — starting Feb/07/2019 16:35 (Moscow time). I hope you will enjoy the round!