Advent of Code F# – Day 15

You can become a serverless blackbelt. Enrol in my course Learn you some Lambda best practice for great good! and learn best practices for performance, cost, security, resilience, observability and scalability. By the end of this course, you should be able to make informed decisions on which AWS service to use with Lambda and how to build highly scalable, resilient and cost-efficient serverless applications.

ps. look out for all my other solutions for Advent of Code challenges here.


Day 15

See details of the challenge here.

Today’s challenge is pretty straight forward, and a brute force approach would have suffice – try every t from 0 to inifinity and return the first t that satisfies this equation for all the discs:

        (t + disc.Number – (disc.Positions – disc.Time0Position)) % disc.Positions = 0

That said, there’s a simple optimization we can apply by restricting ourselves to values of t that gets you through the first slot. Give my input for the challenge:

Disc #1 has 13 positions; at time=0, it is at position 11.
Disc #2 has 5 positions; at time=0, it is at position 0.
Disc #3 has 17 positions; at time=0, it is at position 11.
Disc #4 has 3 positions; at time=0, it is at position 0.
Disc #5 has 7 positions; at time=0, it is at position 2.
Disc #6 has 19 positions; at time=0, it is at position 17.

The first t that will get us through disc #1 is t=1 where disc #1 reaches position 0 on t=2 (which is 1s away from t). From there, we only need to check every 13s, ie t=14, t=27, t=40, …


Part 2

After getting the first capsule (it contained a star! what great fortune!), the
machine detects your success and begins to rearrange itself.

When it’s done, the discs are back in their original configuration as if it were
time=0 again, but a new disc with 11 positions and starting at position 0 has
appeared exactly one second below the previously-bottom disc.

With this new disc, and counting again starting from time=0 with the
configuration in your puzzle input, what is the first time you can press the
button to get another capsule?



Liked this article? Support me on Patreon and get direct help from me via a private Slack channel or 1-2-1 mentoring.
Subscribe to my newsletter

Hi, I’m Yan. I’m an AWS Serverless Hero and the author of Production-Ready Serverless.

I specialise in rapidly transitioning teams to serverless and building production-ready services on AWS.

Are you struggling with serverless or need guidance on best practices? Do you want someone to review your architecture and help you avoid costly mistakes down the line? Whatever the case, I’m here to help.

Hire me.

Check out my new podcast Real-World Serverless where I talk with engineers who are building amazing things with serverless technologies and discuss the real-world use cases and challenges they face. If you’re interested in what people are actually doing with serverless and what it’s really like to be working with serverless day-to-day, then this is the podcast for you.

Check out my new course, Learn you some Lambda best practice for great good! In this course, you will learn best practices for working with AWS Lambda in terms of performance, cost, security, scalability, resilience and observability. We will also cover latest features from re:Invent 2019 such as Provisioned Concurrency and Lambda Destinations. Enrol now and start learning!

Check out my video course, Complete Guide to AWS Step Functions. In this course, we’ll cover everything you need to know to use AWS Step Functions service effectively. There is something for everyone from beginners to more advanced users looking for design patterns and best practices. Enrol now and start learning!

Are you working with Serverless and looking for expert training to level-up your skills? Or are you looking for a solid foundation to start from? Look no further, register for my Production-Ready Serverless workshop to learn how to build production-grade Serverless applications!

Find a workshop near you