Re: [sl4] The Jaguar Supercomputer

From: John K Clark (
Date: Wed Nov 18 2009 - 11:20:51 MST

On Tue, 17 Nov 2009 "J. Andrew Rogers"
<> said:

>the Top 500 benchmark (LINPACK) doesn't measure much
> of anything useful.
> It is an embarrassingly parallel benchmark

Nothing to be embarrassed about, most processes in the physical world
are parallel and predicting what will happen next is a key element of
intelligence. Vision recognition is parallel, and so is search, chess,
language translation, and the human brain itself. It's true that most
programs that call themselves AI are not very parallel, and that's
probably why most AI programs suck.

And whatever LINPACK's shortcomings it must have had those same flaws 5
years ago, but machines have doubled it's speed every 9 months since
then. I find that fact significant.

 John K Clark

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