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Subject: Re: MTD is a big win.

Author: Dan Homan

Date: 14:31:44 07/20/99

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On July 20, 1999 at 15:19:52, Don Dailey wrote:

>On July 20, 1999 at 00:45:58, hgkjhg wrote:
>
>>Don, is Cilkchess going to be released as a commersial or freeware program some
>>time?
>
>I thought about releasing Occam when it gets good.  But I don't want
>to see 10000 occams on the chess server or at tournaments!   I may release
>a version before it gets too strong perhaps just an executable for linux
>and windows.
>
>Probably there will be a parallel version of Occam that will be released
>with the Cilk distribution as an example with source code.  Cilk is free
>and so would this be.  But I don't know if I would release a really
>advanced version.  You will be surprised how simple it is to write a
>parallel chess program when you see this.
>
>- Don

Don,

I was looking over the Cilk Pousse web page and it was pretty clear from
this how to use Cilk to write a parallel chess program with minimal
effort, but I had a question:  Do you need to have local data structures
(position, move list) at each node?  It seemed to me (as I read the
web page) that you would.  My assumption is that this would create
substantial overhead that would be a problem for non-parallel versions
of the program.

Second question: Can cilk be compiled and used with C++ or does it require
pure ANSI C?

 - Dan



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