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Subject: Re: WMCCC Hardware

Author: Bruce Moreland

Date: 10:45:50 10/03/97

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On October 03, 1997 at 13:37:18, Chris Whittington wrote:

>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.

I would break this into two parts.  One part is Crafty/Ferret/Shredder,
these are fast programs with tip eval.  There are others that aren't as
successful.  The other category contains Fritz/Nimzo, these are fast
programs with root eval.

I can't remember whether Dark Thought has tip eval or root eval, but it
seems to be fast, even if you discount the Alpha.  So perhaps it belongs
in one of these categories.

>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these commercial; and which some people think may have been superceded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).

Maybe.  They werent' well-represented at Jakarta, but at Paderborn they
did very well.

>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.

That would be fine with me if the Pentium Pro were twice as fast, and I
had one.


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