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A proposed solution to the Movie Chain Runner problem
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Movie Chain Runner

A description of our solution can be found here

Running the code

  1. Download the code: git clone git://
  2. Compile the C programs: make
  3. Generate the adjacency list: make adjacent
  4. Run the program
    • Run manually via ./find <start> <run-time> <timeout-depth>
    • Run distributed via ruby scripts/open.rb

Running distributed

When running the program distributed, there's a few things you need to make sure are in order:

  1. You have a login to CMU machines. If you can SSH into, you're golden
  2. You have ruby installed with the highline and net-ssh gems installed.
    • If ruby is installed, you can install the gems via gem install highline net-ssh
  3. Your AFS has a checkout of this repository in a folder called movies
  4. The code has been compiled in this directory and the adjacency list is already generated.
    • This implies ~/movies/find is a program and ~/movies/adj.lst is a file containing the adjacency list

Determining the Maximum Chain

The find program incrementally saves its progress so you can check up on it at any point in time.

Every maximum found is saved to max/max-%d where %d is the length of the chain that was found. These files contain space-delimited integers which correspond to movie titles.

To get the actual list of movie titles, run ./translate max/max-XXX. This command will spit out the actual movie titles for enjoyment. There will be one movie title per line.

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