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Subject: Re: WMCCC Hardware (cost cap)

Author: Dan Oetting

Date: 10:53:09 10/19/97

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The easy way to establish the cost basis of a system is to use the
OEM price for the cpu, memory and external storage. The ideal
price cap should allow the use of the newest fastest processors
but would not leave much in the budget for memory or a disk to
store those 5-man endings. The programmers would be forced to
balance the resources to find the best match for their program.

On October 18, 1997 at 20:39:48, Bruce Moreland wrote:

>On October 18, 1997 at 17:17:10, Dan Oetting wrote:
>>Since there are many different hardware platforms available
>>and many of the existing programs are optimized for a specific
>>platform a single platform event would be too limited.
>>Instead, I suggest that the hardware used by the chess program
>>be limited to publicly available systems with a cost cap to keep
>>the systems in the range of personal budgets. Only the
>>processor, memory and external storage used during play
>>should be covered by the cost cap.
>I wouldn't mind if the event was restricted to hardware that
>anyone could buy, unless you want to compete in the hardware
>I also wouldn't mind a price cap, as long as it wasn't designed to
>be one dollar more than the best Intel system.
>There are a few other problems with this last idea though.
>It might be hard to figure out what percentage of the price of
>a complete system should go to the parts of the system that you
>need to track price for.
>Also, this might favor the makers of cheap machines.  I would
>rather not be forced to buy a crappy system because I can't get a
>reliable one for less than the price cap.
>Also, the prices of systems might be different in some areas.  I
>can just imagine the uproar if someone shows up on a hot
>machine that nobody else could find for less than the price cap,
>because they bought the machine from their father-in-law, or got
>a special student discount, or bought it through their job, or
>Also, historically some types of machines have cost more for the
>same amount of power.

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