Tesla Kepler GPU contest rules

NVIDIA “What Would you Do with a Petaflop Supercomputer” Contest

NVIDIA Corporation invites you to participate in the “What Would you Do with a Petaflop Supercomputer”  Contest (hereinafter “Contest”).  The winners of this Contest will receive exciting prizes courtesy of NVIDIA, subject to the following Official Rules.

Official Rules

By entering this Contest, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules and to comply with all applicable laws and regulations.


1.         Sponsor

This Contest is sponsored by NVIDIA Corporation, with an address at 2701 San Tomas Expressway, Santa Clara, CA  95050, U.S.A. (hereinafter “NVIDIA” or “Sponsor”).

2.         Eligibility

You must be eighteen (18) years of age or older to be eligible to participate in this Contest AND only employees at accredited educational institutions and government-funded research laboratories may participate.  This Contest is open to individuals only.  No team entries and no corporate or institutional entries are permitted in this Contest.  Employees of Sponsor, its affiliates, and their respective contractors, service providers and professional advisors connected with this Contest, as well as members of their immediate families and/or households, are NOT eligible to enter.

3.         The submission

This Contest requires that participants submit a 100-200 word abstract detailing how they would use a GPU-equipped, petaflop-class supercomputer in their university department.  The abstract should included detailed information of the proposed research project, including:  the scientific field, research methodology, how GPUs would be used (e.g., acceleration of application code, scientific algorithms, etc.), and what the researcher is hoping to study and/or discover.  Participants may either submit their abstract in the “comments” section of the “What would you do with a petaflop supercomputer?” blog on the NVIDIA web site (http://blogs.nvidia.com/) or via email to cuda@NVIDIA.com.  Participants can optionally also send links to websites describing the research.  Participants must include an email address, affiliation, and their full legal name.  Authors of the three (3) winning abstracts based on originality and creativity of the response submitted – as determined and selected by NVIDIA in its sole discretion – will receive a NVIDIA Tesla GPU based on the new Kepler architecture.

4.         Prizes; Odds of Winning

The prizes of this Contest are as follows:

Authors of the three (3) winning abstracts will each receive one (1) NVIDIA Tesla GPU based on the new Kepler architecture, which have an estimated retail value of US$3,000 each.

Odds of winning will depend on the number of entries received.  The prizes are not assignable or transferable. Brand and model of prizes are subject to change by NVIDIA at any time for any reason and substitutions will be of equal or greater value. Distribution of prizes amongst any participants or collaborators of the winning videos will be the sole responsibility of the winners. NVIDIA is not responsible or liable for the distribution of any prizes once they are shipped to the winner. THIS CONTEST HAS NOT PREVIOUSLY BEEN OFFERED.

5.         Entry Period

The entry period for this Contest begins at 3:30 p.m. PST (Pacific Daylight Saving Time) on April 24, 2012 and ends at 11:59 p.m. PST (Pacific Daylight Saving Time) on May 4th, 2012 (hereinafter the “Entry Period”).  “Pacific Daylight Saving Time” refers to that observed in the United States of America.  It is entirely each entrant’s responsibility to observe time zone differences.

6.         Winner Announcement; Claiming and Awarding of Prize

The winner of this Contest will be announced on NVIDIA.com on or about May 14, 2012 before or at the GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, Calif.  Within 7 days following such announcement, the winner will be notified by NVIDIA using the contact information provided with the abstract submission. To claim the prize, the winner must do the following within 30 days from the date of NVIDIA’s notification:

(a)       confirm receipt of the notice by email (which confirmation must be sent from the same email address to which the notice was sent); and

(b)       complete, sign and return a winner release form (as provided by NVIDIA along with its email notice) and such other requisite documentation (if any) listed in NVIDIA’s email notice (hereinafter collectively the “Required Winner Documents”), to NVIDIA Corporation, Attn.: “What Would you Do with a Petaflop Supercomputer?” Contest, 2701 San Tomas Expressway, Santa Clara, CA  95050, U.S.A.

Within 14 days following its receipt of the Required Winner Documents from the winner, NVIDIA will ship the prize via FedEx or similar courier service, at NVIDIA’s expense, to the winner’s mailing address specified in his/her winning entry.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, if NVIDIA determines that the Required Winner Documents as returned by the winner are incomplete, erroneous, or otherwise not in order, NVIDIA may require the winner to provide complete or replacement documentation prior to shipment of prize.

IMPORTANT NOTE TO ALL ENTRANTS: If a winner cannot be contacted or fails to claim the prize or to return the Required Winner Documents within the specified time period, or if the prize is returned as undeliverable, or if a winner fails to comply with any of the provisions of these Official Rules, such winner will be considered to have forfeited the prize.  In such case, the prize will be awarded to the individual who submitted the next best entry as previously determined by NVIDIA.

7.         Taxes

The winner of this Contest is solely responsible for any and all applicable taxes and government charges that result from his/her receipt and/or use of the prize.  Sponsor reserves the right to withhold and deduct such taxes and charges from the prize if and to the extent required by law.

8.         Representations, Warranties and Indemnity by Entrant

(a) By entering this Contest, each entrant represents and warrants, with respect to each entry submitted by him/her in this Contest, that: (i) the entry submitted is the result of his/her own independent creation and does not contain any third-party works of authorship that have been used or copied without authorization or permission of their respective authors; (ii) his/her participation in this Contest does not violate any applicable laws or regulations or any rights of third parties.

(b) By entering this Contest, each entrant agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Sponsor, its affiliates, and their respective employees, agents, representatives, contractors, service providers and professional advisors connected with this Contest (hereinafter collectively “Sponsor Related Parties”) from and against any third-party claims arising from or as a result of (i) a breach of any of the foregoing representations and warranties by such entrant, or (ii) a breach or violation of any of the other provisions of these Official Rules by such entrant.


9.         ADDITIONAL AGREEMENTS by Entrant

(a) By entering this Contest, each entrant hereby irrevocably and unconditionally grants to Sponsor, on a royalty-free and non-exclusive basis, a perpetual, irrevocable, freely transferable, freely assignable, freely sublicensable, worldwide license to run, use, copy, reproduce, publish, distribute, perform, display, exhibit, demonstrate, edit, modify, adapt, and create derivative works from, each of his/her entries in this Contest, whether for purposes related to this Contest or otherwise, and whether via the Internet, electronic, digital, broadcast, theatrical, print, or any other communications media now known or hereafter developed, and in each case free of any and all restrictions and limitations whatsoever (except as imposed by law).

(b) By entering this Contest, each entrant agrees and acknowledges that Sponsor and Sponsor Related Parties shall not be responsible or liable for: (i) any late, lost, stolen, forged, mutilated, corrupted, incomplete, illegible or misdirected entries; (ii) any errors, omissions, misinformation, or misidentification in an entry; (iii) any dispute or claim arising from an entrant’s participation in this Contest or his/her entry, or his/her receipt, ownership or use of the prize; (iv) any computer hardware, software, Internet, network, cable, phone, or other communication or technical errors, failures, malfunctions, interruptions, or delays; or (v) any damage to an entrant’s or any other person’s computer hardware, software or data that results from participation in this Contest or accessing, downloading or using any tools, files, data, software, or other articles or materials in connection with this Contest.


(c) By entering this Contest, each entrant agrees and consents to Sponsor’s collection, use and retention of his/her personal information for all purposes related to this Contest (including, without limitation, processing and administering entries, sharing an entrant’s personal information with Sponsor Related Parties as necessary to conduct and operate this Contest, communicating with and awarding the prize to the winner, making public announcements about the winner, and advertising, promoting and publicizing this Contest).


10.       Reservation of Rights by SPONSOR

Sponsor reserves the right, to the extent permitted by applicable law, to terminate, cancel, modify or suspend this Contest, in whole or in part, if fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond Sponsor’s reasonable control impairs the integrity of this Contest as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.  If this Contest or any web site associated therewith (or any portion thereof) becomes corrupted or otherwise does not permit entry, or if infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, actions by entrants, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper operation of this Contest, Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion and to the extent permitted by applicable law, to disqualify any individual implicated in such action, and/or to cancel, terminate, cancel, modify or suspend this Contest, in whole or in part.  Any attempt by an entrant or any other individual to deliberately damage any online service or web site or undermine the legitimate operation of this Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt be made Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages and/or other remedies from any such person to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law.  In addition, Sponsor reserves the right to take down and remove any entry that becomes subject to a third-party claim for copyright infringement or for violation of any other right.


11.       Governing Law; Jurisdiction

These Official Rules are governed by and shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Delaware, U.S.A., without giving effect to its conflicts of law rules.  Each entrant hereby submits himself or herself to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state and federal courts sitting in Santa Clara, California, U.S.A.


12.       Contest Information

You may request a copy of these Official Rules via email to gmillington@nvidia.com.  To learn the actual number of entries received and the winner selected in this Contest, please email your request to gmillington@nvidia.com after May 15, 2012.



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