Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Oct 2006 20:13 UTC
AMD "AMD described its forthcoming quad-core processor, codenamed Barcelona, in a session at today's Microprocessor Forum. Details of the new microarchitecture on which the processor is based (codenamed K8L) have been known for some time now. Still, the event brought some new info, and here are some highlights that I've culled from some of the reporting on it."
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Your numbers aren't all that accurate, because in chess certain pieces can only move in certain ways, lowering the total number of possibilities even further. However, the general idea is correct - for as many possible moves a computer has to evaluate in chess, the corresponding number of Go moves is much, much larger. I believe the best Go programs running on the fastest computers are about equivalent to an intermediate player at this time, and it will be a long time before they become as good as an expert.

Edited 2006-10-12 15:25

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