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

Author: Bruce Moreland

Date: 10:04:18 10/22/97

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

>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.

Yes.  I think at very least people should report machine type and mhz at
time of application if possible.  Dark Thought didn't do this, probably
because they didn't have things finalized (I said 533 on mine even
though I didn't actually have a machine).  We still might not know had I
not poked Marsland twice to try to get him to find out what they were

I poked him about some other teams (Virtual Chess is one that I remember
as being inspecific), but still haven't gotten anything specific back.
I still don't know what hardware the waiting-list accepted programs will
be running, but that is my own fault, I didn't ask about those.

>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.

The top machine in '93 was an Alpha.  There was no tournament in '94 as
far as I can tell.  The top machine in '95 was an Alpha.  The top
machine in '96 was an Alpha.

It was pretty easy to figure out that the top machine this year was
going to be a 533 or 600 mhz Alpha.  I was surprised by the 767 thing

I don't know what it is cooled by, by the way.


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