[Beowulf] HPC in Luguano - and chess!

Vincent Diepeveen diep at xs4all.nl
Wed Mar 6 01:20:42 PST 2013

On Mar 1, 2013, at 1:13 PM, Hearns, John wrote:

> Vincent,
> You have kept this quiet on the list! I was checking the agenda for  
> the HPC Advisory Council in Luguano.
> I saw a familiar name:
> HPC for Chess (Vincent Diepeveen, creator of Diep and Fide-Master)
Hi John!

Yeah i was there in 2012!

You can see the PDF online.

Computerchess is a great example of how a science can progress faster  
than anyone ever could have predicted in terms of algorithmic  
progress and evaluation progress.

When i interviewed in 90s majority of the top scientists (my program  
was very poor back then), none of them managed to predict the  
algorithmic progress adding up to that the
evauation progress.

That was an important subject of the talk.

Switzerland really suffers because of not having the euro. That was  
clearly visible in Lugano. Meanwhile because of Schengen and the  
economic connectivity they do need
to pay to rescue our banks :)

Note that this is even better visible in Denmark, which is part of EU  
yet doesn't have the euro either like Switzerland.
If you compare their GDP of 2000 with 2011 and then put that next to  
Netherlands 2000 versus 2011, then you see that Netherlands is doing  
over 10 percentpoint better,
which translates even for such tiny nation already into 30+ billion  
euro a year which Denmark doesn't have right now.

The euro is stronger than the politicians who take systematically  
dubious decisions as they're not busy with long term issues!

Even in computerchess you see how difficult the long term can get  
predicted there. And that whereas nowadays there is past 13 years  
nearly no money to make with computerchess.
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