[Computer-go] OT: prices for fast computer-go hardware

"Ingo Althöfer" 3-Hirn-Verlag at gmx.de
Mon Nov 8 01:47:07 PST 2010


Hello Darren,

I want to repeat two of the many arguments, because I
think that they are really core:

Brian Sheppard wrote:
> ...
> Building your own is crucial here, as buying pre-built systems will get
> you a ton of stuff (graphics cards, RAID, etc.) that computer Go does 
> not need. And then everything (case, power supply, cooling) will be
> overbuilt to match.

Don Dailey wrote:
> Of course the only way to really know is to run 
> the target GO program 
> on different machines to see which one gets the most playouts.

And my own coins:
* Have a backup machine (needs not to be exactly the same hardware as
your "first choice") in London for cases of hardware problems.
This backup should be in the tournament hall, and best of all, running
always on the current board position. So, you would not lose much
time in case you have to switch to the backup.
(In computer chess the very/most professional Israeli "Junior team"
typically worked with such "warm" backups.)

* Have a second person in London in your team (for instance, for running
the backup, but also for any other circumstances that may materialize).
Perhaps, someone here from the newsgroup might be willing to volunteer.

Ingo.
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