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

Lux, Jim (337C) james.p.lux at jpl.nasa.gov
Sun May 12 09:11:08 PDT 2013

On 5/12/13 8:42 AM, "Geoffrey Jacobs" <gdjacobs at gmail.com> wrote:

>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.

Or if they even like flying at all.

> 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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