[Beowulf] El Reg: AMD reveals potent parallel processing breakthrough

Geoffrey Jacobs gdjacobs at gmail.com
Sun May 12 08:42:46 PDT 2013

On 05/12/2013 10:29 AM, Vincent Diepeveen wrote:

> Jim,
> If you want to train a new jetfighter pilot, you're going to just  
> give them a course how to drive a moped,
> and after they can drive a moped, you are going to give them a pilot  
> license and wave good bye to
> them: "good luck to you flying your own Cessna".
> You gotta be joking with what you write here.

No, you start them on a low fidelity flight simulator to see if they can
grasp the basic dynamics of flying. If the prospective pilot is
civilian, they start on a cheap, highly forgiving aircraft like a
sailplane or a Piper Cub.

Principles are the same in engineering. You try to make mistakes in the
lab environment so that failure modes which follow from  your design
decisions are understood and accepted or mitigated.

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