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Have today's desktops surpassed IBM's 1997 Deep Blue?

I was wondering if my PC has outperformed Deep Blue's processing power, which is known to beat human world champion Garry Kasparov. What was the processing speed of Deep Blue compared to traditional desktop processors like Core 2 Duo, i3, etc.?


I saw your question and became curious myself. I found this quote from a 2007 interview with a Deep Blue coder:

Wired News: What's the state of supercomputer versus human matchups? How are we humans?

Murray Campbell: Not so good! The current world champion, Vladimir Kramnik from Russia, lost 4-2 to a PC program in November. If you look at the supercomputer that Deep Blue ran on, it has In my opinion, a cell processor of today has as much computing power as the entire system in 1997.

Source: Wired's interview with Murray Campbell.

Well, if Wikipedia is correct, here are the specifications for deep blue:

30 x RS / 6000 SP Thin 120 MHz P2SC-based system in a cluster. Each contained a special VLSI chess chip. Run AIX.

The processing power was 11.38 GFLOPS and was the 259th most powerful supercomputer at the time.

Ok let's try It's pretty hard to say what the VLSI chess chips did, but a reasonable guess is that they improved the performance of the chess game by doing certain heavy calculations that were slow on the CPU.

I can safely say that the 120MHz RS / 6000 are dinosaurs by today's standards and the average desktop PC would outperform a number of them without getting hot together. If you are also counting the GPU in a slot machine, e.g. B. the ATI Radion R800 can achieve 3.04 TFLOPS (I think with single accuracy) and this is not the fastest on the market.

Even with an average CPU, it will surely surpass deep blue. If you put the GPU in and use CUDA, you will likely outperform Deep Blue by more than a hundred times.

Computing power is much faster than it was 13 years ago.

Deep Blue was also "enhanced" with 480 special VLSI chess chips.

Dedicated silicon for a specific task performed in a massively parallel configuration can be extremely fast.

Deep Blue was able to evaluate 200 million positions per second. Two duo core chips with Fritz could manage 8 million positions per second.

"In June 1997, Deep Blue was the 259th most powerful supercomputer on the TOP500 list and achieved 11.38 GFLOPS in the high-performance LINPACK benchmark."

"As of 2010 [update], the fastest six-core PC processor has a theoretical peak performance of 107.55 GFLOPS (Intel Core i7 980 XE) in double-precision calculations. GPUs are significantly more powerful. For example, NVIDIA Tesla C2050 GPU computer processors Perform about 515 GFLOPS [14] on double-precision calculations while the AMD FireStream 9270 peaks at 240 GFLOPS. [15] On single-precision performance, NVIDIA Tesla C2050 computer processors achieve about 1.03 TFLOPS, while AMD FireStream 9270 cards peaked at 1.2 TFLOPS. Both NVIDIA and NVIDIA AMD's consumer gaming GPUs may achieve higher FLOPS. For example, AMD's HemlockXT 5970 [15] achieves 928 GFLOPS in double precision calculations with two GPUs Board, while NVIDIA GTX480 achieves 672 GFLOPS [14] with a GPU on board. "

No. Deepblue, an IBM machine comparable to an IBM eServer and AS / 400 or RS / 6000, is simply not comparable to a PC. They say you could build a better server running Linux with an Intel i5 / i7 / Xeon / Opteron. It will beat an IBM server, but in many specific domains the IBM computer will outperform it. That was the case with this one. Will it run Crysis? No, or delay in emulating it. Will it do a series of real-time financial calculations for your business without interruption and keep a database of thousands of employees maintaining their payroll and also managing inventory and customers? Don't you waste a single one of these gigaFLOPS and don't crash for years? Yes.

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