What a fantastic rendition of a great song. Video is meh at best.
Bit-pusher extrordinare Eric Neuman has finally moved his blog off of case's servers. He's now running a fully operational battle station...er, I mean....Wordpress Blog.
Check it out here!
I'm adding a new little feature to SuperLuminousVelocity, and it comes with bongos. That's right, in true early 90's chic style, I have decided to create a poetry corner section, so expect lots of haikus I wrote on the way to avoiding my homework.
Bored? Slap-happy? Bored and slap-happy?! Check out this game:
It's a straight-up slap-fest between you (some archetypal anime female), and some Japanamation female stereotype. The gameplay takes a second to get used to, but after the first few slaps, you get the hang of it. It feels great on the tablet with a stylus too!
Since the dawn of man, we have stared up into the sky at night and wondered what the stars are. The ancient Greeks believed that their gods existed as the planets in the night sky, and they may not have been far off. Given the age of the universe, and the laws that govern it, it is highly probable that a race exists in the far reaches of space with such advanced civilization as to be considered godly by ancient Greek standards. The fear of this type of unknown power is prevalent in human culture; spanning from the ancient Greek mythology to modern science fiction. The movie “Independence Day” features an alien race that travels from world to world consuming everything and destroying the inhabitants in the process: a terrifying and unlikely premise. If an alien race visits Earth, the violence that ensues is far more likely to be as a result of human society’s faults then that of ill intent on the part of the visiting race.
This morning Intel revealed that they have successfully created a prototype built an 80-core teraflop/second chip. This chip is capable of 1 Trillion floating point operations per second. That's not a typo. And that is preposterously fast.
Let me try to put this into perspective. Everything the computer does is made up of tiny little math problems called operations. A single core is capable of doing only one operation at a time. This is very different from the way people think; humans are capable of generating thoughts that occur at the same time in a sort of constant stream. Computers fool us into thinking they are doing more than one thing at a time (like we do) by switching back and forth between tasks very very quickly. Today's high end CPU's are measured in Giggahertz. GHz are a measure of how many billion operations a chip can do in a second. The fastest single core commercially available CPU's can do about 3.5 - 4 GHz. Intel has a chip on the market called the "Core 2 Duo" that has 2 cores which is actually capable of doing 2 things at once, and another (created by linking 2 quad cores) called the "Core 2 Quad" that can do 4 things at once. If each core is capable of about 3 GHz thats 12 billion operations per second: not too shabby. In fact, "Core 2 Quad"s are pretty much the fastest thing on the market today.
Now let's address this new chip. It has 80 cores all linked together on the same silicon wafer. This means that it can actually do 80 things at once which is a remarkable feat for any computing system let alone a single computer working by itself.
Q: What does it all mean?
A1: One hell of a gaming machine. This thing makes the playstation 3 look like an NES.
A2: This new chip's ability to "think" about so many things at once makes it an ideal candidate for complex tasks such as artificial intelligence.
The best part about the whole deal is that this is only the begining. Berkeley computer scientist David A. Patterson has actually issued a challenge to chip manufacturers like Intel and AMD to produce chips that have THOUSANDS of cores on them. I get excited just thinking about that. So what's the catch? The 80 core chip is only a prototype and we won't see anything like it for about five years.
ONLY 5 YEARS!