From: Arthur Norman <acn1@ca...> - 2012-02-02 14:52:25
Back then Tony Hearn wrote
"In a paper I gave at the 1980 IFIP Congree. I prediccted that by the mid
1980' it would be possible to obtain a complete compting system (both
hardware and software) that could run programss like REDUCE for prices in
the $10,000-$20,000 range. ..."
He goes on to look at the encouraging prospect of offerings below even
$5000, and goes on to provide timings for running the main Reduce test
(now alg.tst) on several dozen platforms.
I am noting this now because of the expected arrival of the US$35 + tax +
p&p Raspberry Pi model B (www.raspberrypi.org/faqs) which is undoubtedly
able to run Reduce, and despite its cost it will run the main test file a
LOT faster than any of the systems listed in the old newsletter, and will
provide more main memory than them too. You have to supply your own
Keyboard and TV and hijack your mobile phone's charger and an SD card from
Gosh that test ran for amound a minute on a VAX/780, almost the definitive
departmental server for a proper scientific group. It is hard even to
measure its time now.
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