[Beowulf] OT: the ongoing computer chess championship in China

Peter St. John peter.st.john at gmail.com
Sat Oct 4 14:38:43 PDT 2008


That's the most remarkable crosstable I've ever seen (in Shahrokh's link).
The players are essentially well-ordered; the top beat everyone, 2nd beat
everyone except 1st, 3rd beat everyone except 1 and 2, etc, all the way
down. It makes a upper-trianglular matrix. Remarkable.

I used to give 13 stones to ManyFaces on my own PC. I suspect this beast, on
that cluster, could give me several.
I still give 6 to programs running on just PCs.
(3 stones is about knight odds, in chess terms)

Peter

On 10/4/08, Shahrokh Mortazavi <smortaz at exchange.microsoft.com> wrote:
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> On a related note, at the same tournament, the cluster version of "Many
> Face of Go" has won the Gold medal in both 9X9 and 19X19 categories with no
> defeats.  Go is notoriously harder than Chess for computers to play as you
> might now.  The results are here:
>
> http://www.grappa.univ-lille3.fr/icga/tournament.php?id=181
>
> incidentally, the code was running on a Windows HPC Server 2008, 32 core
> intel cluster (we helped the author port/tune his MPI code a little).
>
> For some info re challenges in computer Go see:
>
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_go
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>
> Shahrokh
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>
> From: beowulf-bounces at beowulf.org [mailto:beowulf-bounces at beowulf.org] On
> Behalf Of Peter St. John
> Sent: Saturday, October 04, 2008 1:33 PM
> To: beowulf at beowulf.org
> Subject: [Beowulf] OT: the ongoing computer chess championship in China
>
>
> The World Computer Chess Championship is onging in China (part of the World
> Mind Sports thing). The leaders, about half-way through , are a 40 core
> cluster from the US and a "8 x 4GHz" machine from the UK, with 4.5 out of 5.
> There are 10 participants, it's a nine-round round robin. Cluster Toga, also
> a cluster, is notable for drawing both of the leaders.
>
> >From http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=4935
> Rybka
> USA
> Cluster, 40 cores 3.5 4 5.0 4.50
> Hiarcs
> GBR
> Intel Skulltrail, 8 x 4Ghz 3.5 4 3.0 2.50
> Sjeng
> BEL
> Intel Core 2, 4 x 2.8Ghz 2.5 4 4.0 2.00
> Junior
> ISR
> Intel Dunnington, 12 x 2.67Ghz 2.5 3 3.0 2.50
> The Baron
> NLD
> AMD Opteron 270, 4 x 2Ghz 2.0 4 7.0 1.75
> Jonny
> GER
> Cluster, 16 cores 1.0 4 12.0 2.50
> Cluster Toga
> GER
> 24 cores 1.0 3 9.5 3.50
> Shredder
> GER
> Intel Core 2, 8 x 3.16Ghz 1.0 3 8.0 2.25
> Falcon
> ISR
> Intel Core 2, 2 x 2.1Ghz 1.0 3 6.0 0.00
> Mobile Chess
> CHN
> Nokia 6120c 0.0 4 9.0 0.00
>
>
> Peter
>
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