I managed to talk the K-State CIS department into sending a team, including myself, to SuperComputing 2010 to compete in the student programming contest. As a team of 5 members we had a combined total years of experience with super computers of about a year. To our surprise we placed third. So looks like we are going to try going for gold next year in Seattle, WA at SuperComputing 2011.
If you are interested in the questions you can find them here.