Intel announces the eight finalists who will compete in the second annual Intel Parallel Universe Computing Challenge (PUCC) at SC14 in New Orleans, November 17-20. Representing some of the brightest minds in supercomputing from around the world, this high-stakes, single elimination tournament features rapid-fire supercomputing trivia and a parallel code optimization challenge. The Gaussian Elimination Squad from Germany will defend their title against returning challengers and newcomers. In honor of the 26th anniversary of the Supercomputing conference, Intel will donate $26,000 to a charitable organization selected by this year’s winning team. The PUCC competition kicks off Monday, November 17 at 8:00 p.m. during the SC14 Opening Gala. For full details, view the Intel blog.