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#1 sdy284


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Posted 05 December 2006 - 07:42 AM

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The chess match between Garry Kasparov and IBM's Deep Blue in 1997 was the showdown of man vs. machine: the world's greatest chess player verses the world's greatest chess-playing computer.

Deep Blue, a supercomputer that could calculate more than 200 million moves a second, defeated Kasparov 2 games to 1, with three games ending in a draw.

Deep Blue's match win was the first by a chess-playing computer in a traditional format over a reigning world champion.

Fast-forward nine years and supercomputers -- systems with multiple processors, huge memories and storage, and special software for performing the world's most complex calculations -- are doing far more than checkmating grandmasters.

Today's supercomputers are ensuring the nation's nuclear stockpile, forecasting weather, designing safer more fuel-efficient cars, mapping DNA, exploring the cosmos and even creating potato chips.

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Posted 05 December 2006 - 07:56 AM

Mapping the human genome? forecasting unforseeable events? Hah!

mehh... when my computer is able to spit out a plate of hot apple pie and vanilla ice cream, THEN I'll be impressed <_<

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