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Speaking from a purely practical point of view, time matters. In my work I routinely model parallel systems consisting of a few hundred thousand neurons. I can model these in serial form, luckily, but it's only barely feasible to do so in real time, and I can't slow down gravity for the benefit of my robot. Moore's Law isn't going to help me much either. I'd far rather have access to a million tiny processors than one big one, and the compromises I have to make at the moment (specifically the artifacts that serialization introduces) can really cloud my perception of the kinds of spatial computation I'm trying, with such grotesque inefficiency, to simulate. - Steve Grand

May 8, 2004 08:48 AM


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