[Beowulf] dollars-per-teraflop : any lists like the Top500?

John Hearns hearnsj at googlemail.com
Thu Jul 1 09:47:17 EDT 2010


On 1 July 2010 14:25, Nathan Moore <ntmoore at gmail.com> wrote:
>> (1) to a certain extent, intellectual/scientific prestige was very
> important to the culture of the place.  Promotions were/are based in
> part on how many patents you generate (not dissimilar to a
> publications count), but at least superficially, patents don't seem like
> a major revenue stream.

You should go to a Richard M Stallman talk on software patents
sometime. (They're always on software patents).
Software patents are used by companies as leverage in legal disputes
between themselves - therefore a company
which has many patents can 'defend' itself against others by
threatening to counter-sue for infringment of their patents.
The more patents you have the better.

RMS's argument of course is that software patents (he deals with
software - don't extrapolate to other types of patent)
should be ended.

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