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Subject: WMCCC Hardware

Author: Chris Whittington

Date: 10:37:18 10/03/97

I'be been following the  rgcc thread over WMCCC and hardware. These are
my thoughts:

I don't think this WMCCC is about who wins it, but about which of the
'groups' of programs do best.

With the danger of annoying loads of people, it seems to me that group
(1) consists of what I shall loosely call the Hyatt-paradigm programs.
These include IMO Crafty, Ferret, Shredder, Nimzo-Hydra, Fritz et al.

Any one of these programs could win, my guess is that it will be a
mostly a matter of luck which one. To paraphrase Napoleon, Ferret is
making his own luck with a few gigaHertz's of alpha and stands a good

Group (2) consists of the older knowledge and tuned programs, many of
these commercial; and which some people think may have been superceded
by Group (1).

Group (3) may consist of CSTal all on its own.

As Bob has said many times, the knowledge-speed thing  is a trade-off.
My own guess is that depending on the time of year, and the year, and
the hardware, and engineering competence; one side gets an advantage
over the other for a time. Maybe the time of the Hyatt-paradigm is now.

So the relative performance of these groups interests me.

On the issue of the fast alphas: hmmmmm. Its going to confuse the issue.
For sure a win by a program on faster then PC hardware is going to open
up questions. Personally, I'ld prefer to see it restricted to top
Pentium Pro speeds.


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