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Subject: Re: WMCCC - may the best man at getting the fastest hardware win

Author: Robert Hyatt

Date: 06:19:26 10/22/97

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On October 22, 1997 at 06:33:23, Chris Whittington wrote:

>On October 22, 1997 at 05:16:45, Walter Ravenek wrote:
>>Since there is nothing in the tournament rules to forbid you
>>to use the fastest machine you can get, it is no use complaining.
>>However, it definitely is a point worth considering when organizing
>>the next tournament. I would strongly be in favour of a uniform
>>platform tournament.
>This is very difficult to define and would exclude all kinds of people
>and hardware platforms that we might want to participate.
>I'ld like to see a generally 'fair' tournament. Like in my kids school,
>they do sport and games. Each year group plays children of the same age.
>Some children are bigger and fitter and their ages range over 0-12
>months difference.
>This isn't uniform, bit it is kind of fair, in general. What wouldn't be
>fair, woudl be including players that were 1 or 2 or 3 years older.
>One thing that troubles me this year (and no doubt all the other years),
>is that we only get to hear that so and so is using 100,000 TeraHertz at
>pretty much the last minute (or last month or whatever), certainly after
>applications have gone in, and also after I've paid my semi-irreversable
>$1000 and sorted out an operator and all the other things that make the
>application solid.
>If I knew, say 12 months before, what the top machine could be, I'ld
>have time and space to (a) get one myself, (b) decide whether I wanted
>to go at all, (c) not get pushed into some last minute desperate,
>expensive effort at trying to compete. We would ALL get off more
>cheaply, since we wouldn't be tempted to spend megabucks on some rare
>fast liquid notrogen cooled monster that happended to becoem available a
>few weeks beforehand.

I don't see how this is an issue.  #1 was there any doubt that Dark
or Chess Guru would show up this year?  #2 I didn't know any sooner than
did about the 766mhz machines (which as I have already said, I doubt if
get one of 'em).  We started working on getting an alpha about 2 weeks
and had no problems in getting a decent machine from DEC.

>>Walter Ravenek

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