[Beowulf] commercial clusters

Geoff Jacobs gdjacobs at gmail.com
Fri Sep 29 16:19:23 EDT 2006


Vincent Diepeveen wrote:
> The basic flaw i see in some assumptions taken here is that you as a
> human want
> to do a running contest with a car.
> 
> In reality that isn't the case.
> 
> People just want to see whose car is better, not whether they can outrun
> the car.
Your analogy is poor. Any computer playing chess must conform to the
same rules as a human player. A better analogy would be a foot-race
between a human and a bipedal robot. Do you think 100k Ordinary
People[tm] would be willing to lay down $10k for such a curiosity?

> Additional they want to analyze their own running (most important
> feature) in the most objective manner possible, or they want to compete
> with it in a 300 KM/h contest.
> 
> To look like a winner, people are prepared to pay any price.
If this were the case, we'd all drive Bugatti Veyrons and Porsche GT1s.

> Vincent
> 
> 


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Geoffrey D. Jacobs

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