The Annual Computer Poker Competition will be held again in 2017, during the month of January. Martin Schmid will be the incoming chair of the competition for this year and Kevin Waugh will be returning as the outgoing chair. This time, only the heads-up (two player) no-limit Texas Hold'em competition will be held.
The plan is to use Amazon EC2 instances again this year, with a final submission deadline of Friday January 13, 2017. Note that these machines are quite a bit less powerful than many desktop machines, so if computing resources are a significant issue for you, please check that this is adequate. We have increase the maximum submission size to 250 GB this year. The remaining technical specifications remain the same as last year. See http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/instance-types/ for details on Amazon instance types. It is possible to get access to a smaller testing instance through Amazon for free by creating an EC2 account, and all competitors will get access to a full sized competition machine for final testing at least one week prior to the final submission deadline.