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Suceava 2017

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Prizes
for the 15th Edition of The International Computers Contest for Students
HARD & SOFT Suceava 2008

Rank

Mark

Team

1

95

Chisinau (Technical University of Moldova)
Members: Vitalie GREMALSCHI, Radu PLUGARU, Andrei FORMUSATII, Arcadie CERCEL
Adviser: Victor ABABII, Coach: Andrei BORDIER

2

93

Iasi (Gh. Asachi Technical University of Iasi)
Members: Alexei I. POPOV, Bogdan S. ISAC, Lucian CARATA, Adrian S. BORONEA
Adviser: Alexandru BARLEANU, Coach: Andrei STAN

3

90

Timisoara 2 (Politehnica  University of Timisoara, Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering Faculty)
Members: Mihai TARCE, Paul HARFAS, Mihail Octavian CERNAIANU, Calin CRISAN
Adviser and Coach: Virgil TIPONUT

4

88

Bucharest ( Politehnica University of Bucharest)
Members: Razvan TATAROIU, Stefan BUCUR, Andrei VOINESCU, Valentin TANASA
Adviser: Nicolae TAPUS, Coach: Dan TUDOSE

5

86

Galati (Dunarea de Jos University of Galati)
Members: Paul SUVAROV, Alexandru COMAN, Daniel BOGDAN, Adrian DIACONU
Adviser: Laurentiu FRANGU, Coach: Claudiu CHICULITA

6

85

Suceava (Stefan cel Mare University of Suceava)
Members: Ciprian PINZARIU, Adrian MORARIU, Bogdan PACHITA, Dorin HANDRAGEL
Adviser: Stefan-Gheorghe PENTIUC, Coach: Alin-Dan POTORAC

7

80

Craiova (University of Craiova)
Members: Laurentiu NICOLA, Bogdan CIONTU, Bogdan DIMESCU, Ovidiu DIACONESCU
Adviser: Gheorghe MARIAN, Coach: Dan-Ovidiu ANDREI

8

75

Timisoara 1 (Politehnica  University of Timisoara, Automatics and Computer Science Faculty)
Members: Gabriel N. CARSTOIU, Cristina S. CERTEJAN, Valentin STANGACIU, Lucian UNGUREAN
Adviser: Octavian PROSTEAN, Coaches: Mihai V. MICEA, Razvan CIOARGA

9

75

Oradea (University of Oradea)
Members: Arthur WEBER, Alexandru-Varex MARCUS, Ioan-Alexandru MANG, Mihai-Lucian PANTEA
Adviser: Horatiu Christian DRAGAN, Coach: Otto POSZET

10

75

Beijing (Beijing Association for Science and Technology)
Members: Chen Chen, Guo Jiasheng, Wei Wei, Liu Haitao
Advisers: Guo Hong, Tian Xiaoping, Coaches: Gao Hongyu, Ren Jie

11

70

Novi Sad (Faculty of Technical Sciences)
Members: Varga ZOLT, Jordan KUSIC, Marko ANIC, Bojan DAKIC
Adviser: Milos ZIVANOV, Coaches: Jovan RADAK, Zivorad MIHAJLOVIC

12

70

Cluj-Napoca (Technical University of Cluj-Napoca)
Members: Viorel A. COSARA, Vlad VESA, Mihai T. PATARAU, Romulus S. DARABAN
Adviser: Dorin Marius PETREUS, Coach: Cristian FARCAS

13

65

Limoges (Ecole d'ingenieurs en Informatique 3iL)
Members: Michael JORDAN, Sylvain KASSIOTIS, Florent LAVIGNE, Chong LI
Adviser: Ali MANKAR-BENNIS, Coach: Christophe BOUCHER

Hard & Soft 2008

Computer as Electronic waste - toxic and long lived pollutants in landfill
- more and more of it
Recycle - lots of it ends up in China, Africa, India where reclamation is crude and life threatening. Often not recycled but dumped!
Legal and public pressure forces big companies to accept back old product (Dell HP) and governments to introduce recycling Schemes (e.g. WEEE in Ireland)
Reuse - local - give it to a school but do they want it?
Resell - Lots of users don't need the latest thing and would welcome a cheep second hand alternative --- but how do you know what you're buying?

    - Charities, companies refurbish and send to "poor users" or to third world. Limited capacity relies on volunteer labour to test and refurbish.
    - But much bigger potential market if quality can be assessed and guaranteed.

That's the competition task:
How do know a second use PC is worth buying?

It may have been misused, it may have belonged to a gamer who over-clocked it and stressed the CPU, it may have intermittent fault or a BIOS problem, or other non-fatal problems.

Second Life for PCs

Your task is split into four parts:

  1. Discover what information may be available from your PC that could be used to assess its health, how to get at this information, decide which factors are important in determining a PC's second-user quality, and how to present this information in a meaningful way to a potential customer who will not be a computer expert.
  2. What additional information, data or controls does your team consider important in assessing or improving the second-use value of a PC. How would you add this capability to your second-use valuation? (Your solution here may need additional hardware or software to be added to the PC when new or may use special hardware/software to make an assessment later.)
  3. Make proposals for any additional data gathering, tests, or controls that you feel would be desirable but are beyond the time and resources available during the competition.
  4. Show your work to the public in the Hard & Soft Exhibition held early afternoon on Friday.

Stefan cel Mare University of Suceava, ROMANIA
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
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