Junos Cup 2014 - Everything you need to know to participate
Jun 10, 2014
Are you ready for kick-off? If you are then go to the Junos Cup Forum and start solving the challenges. Solve as many as you can to capture the country flag associated with each challenge. If not, then read through this Q&A so that you can find out everything you need to know for the Junos Cup 2014 competition starting on Thursday the 12th of June. Be sure to read through the entire post so you don't miss any important details!
The tournament consists of 32 network topology challenges to solve in Junosphere. We will announce the first 8 network challenges in our Junos Cup Forum on the 12th of June and the additional 8 per week for the following 3 weeks thereafter. Each challenge has a deadline, will be associated with a country, and holds that country’s flag. Whoever solves a challenge within its deadline will get the country flag and points that are assigned to the challenge. He/she who has the most flags at the end of the competition wins the Grand Prize! All participants will receive a limited edition Junos Cup 14 shirt. And you can also win other cool prizes! For complete information, check our prize section below.
We will also announce the weekly challenges on our Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn pages every Thursday. Follow #JunosCup14 for updates.
Who can participate?
This event is only for theexternal community of customers, partners, students and Junos amateurs outside of Juniper Networks. Employees or Contractors of Juniper Networks are not eligible to participate.
What are the prizes?
All participants receive one limited edition Junos Cup 2014 shirt
Individuals who get the right answer for any topology challenge within its deadline receive
Topology’s country flag
The Junos Cup 2014 is split in Four Weekly Tournaments, starting every Thursday. The winners of each Tournament will be determined on a point system: harder challenges (2pts); medium (1pt).
Tournament prizes are
First Place: All individuals with 8 flags
200 Junosphere VMs*
Second Place: All individuals with 7 flags
100 Junosphere VMs*
Third Place: All individuals with 6 flags
50 Junosphere VMs*
Individuals that get more than one flag during the Junos Cup (aggregate of the Four Tournaments) receive a certification exam voucher good for any written exam at Pearson Vue
Grand Prize, at the end of the Junos Cup:
1st place: Individual who gets the most correct (has the most flags) during the Junos Cup, adding up the flags held at the Four Tournaments
Junos Cup Trophy
And a GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition*
In case two contestants have the same number of flags, the tie-breaker is the number of points.
How do I participate?
Make sure that the challenges you try to solve correspond to an active tournament
They belong to a tournament that has started and whose deadline is in the future
You have downloaded the specific instructions for each topology / challenge
If you already have a Junosphere account then move forward to step 4. If you need a temporary Junosphere account (or if you prefer not to spend your own Junosphere VMs) then use the following procedure, which is valid between the 27th May 2014 and 13th July 2014 or, until the end of the Junos Cup:
Go to http://www.random.org/integers. Use this portal to generate 1 random integer between 1 and 500. Why use a tool? It ensures real randomness. This number has a validity of one day (24 hours). After that period, regardless of the step of the procedure you are in, you need to come back to step 1 and generate a brand new number.
Log on to https://junosphere.net, with user junoschamp_<your_number>, password 123Juniper. For example, if you get random number 250, your username would be junoschamp_250.
Click on View Capacity. If you see LESS than 10, then somebody else is using the same login so you need to log out (arrow button on the top right corner of the GUI) and then repeat the procedure from step 1. Click on Access Active Topology. If the pop-up window labeled Select Active Topology shows an active topology running, then somebody else is using the same login so you need to log out. If both checks are successful, and nobody is using the topology (Capacity is 10, and no Active Topology is running), move on to the next step.
Click on Manage Topologies. Click on the Public tab. Click on the drop-down list at the column labeled Library, and filter for the Junos Cup pattern.
Please select the challenge that you want to attempt next.
Click on the Start green button. Then on the Select Sandbox pop-up, just click on Start. Then follow all the steps to connect to the topology, starting on minute 2:50 of this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fu7DUe3e5Ds
Remember, for telnet/ssh to the VMs, the username is juniper and the password is Clouds
The subject should be “<country-name-of-the-challenge> - <your-full-name>”. For example: “Brazil – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart”.
In the email body, please include your proposed solution, along with your first and last name, complete mailing address including zip/postal code, your shirt size (S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL) and optionally your company name
Some additional notes:
You can try to solve and submit answers for as many active challenges as you wish
The answers will be read by the organization right after the deadline
The challenge instructions are final, and no additional information or tips will be provided before the publication of the solution and the winner list. Please don’t expect a reply from firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you feel that your initial solution is wrong or incomplete, you can send up to three messages for the same challenge, but please note that only your last message (received before the deadline) will be read.
If you have issues with Junosphere, check the NOTE on Step 4.
If you think there is an error in the definition of the challenges, please send us an email with subject (“<country-name> ERROR”); if there is no reply, then it’s likely an intentional condition of the challenge, rather than an error.
7. Once you are done with a topology, please stop it for a greener planet. You can then start another topology, and so on.
Once the 24-hour period expires, the active topology (if any) will stop automatically and you need to go back to step 1. You can compete every day with a different random number.
What is the game schedule and what topics can I expect?
Reverse Engineer Saga, Episode 4 – The Puzzling MPLS
Tuning LSP Choice in L3VPN
Class of Service at Egress L3VPN PE
Ping on Aggregated Ethernet
IPSEC VPN #2
*Prizes include one GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition and Junosphere Lab VM Sessions. **Each Junosphere virtual machine unit enables you to run a virtual machine for a period of 24 hours. GoPro is a trademark of GoPro, Inc registered in the United States and other countries. GoPro is not a participant in or a sponsor of this promotion. No purchase necessary. Must be 18 years or older to be eligible to win the prize(s). Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Contest is not open to Juniper employees and contractors.