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« on: August 13, 2007, 09:21:18 AM »

This topic is currently only available (for posting to) by Synth (SpinningDice).
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« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2007, 09:24:10 AM »

Day 2, 10:00 AM - Sapphire Commercial Technology showroom

Synth (Spinning Dice) arrives at the showroom.  Its located on level 3 of a medium sized multi-purpose office tower in the Southern Commercial district.  The ground floor is a large lobby with an icecream/coffee shop based in one corner.  Level 1 contains a general office supplies shop and a small gallery for a local photographic artist (it also has a walkway that adjoins a larger shopping mall).  Level 2 contains a showroom for office furniture.  Level 4 contains a dentistry practice.  Level 5 contains board rooms and small function areas that can be leased.  Levels 6-28 are all offices, most of which are leased to Sapphire Commercial Technology, Seredene Labs, IDM-Intol, Adaptive Software, Distribution Data Technology, Global Risk Management Solutions and Kapa-Hari-Beuson.

Level 3 is an assortment of displays of different computing hardware - from mundane office desktops and printers, to assorted sized portable devices, and more unusual displays like a fire resistent data storage device and a small vehicle satellite dish.  Based on what you've already read it looks like the super computer is over in a spacious corner display area, bathed in soft orange lights and surrounded by several large display screens and full size posters refering to 'new binary extrapolation matrix architecture (BEMA)'.

There are a few staff and potential customers floating around between displays, but it looks like the most of the entire level focuses more on 'display' then actually 'selling'.  There are only 2 point-of-sale stations, both over near the entrance in the section that sells the cheaper software and accessories.

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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2007, 10:13:54 AM »

Synth walks over to get a closer look at the machine in question trying to garner what she can.

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« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2007, 07:11:32 AM »


The display area for the computer is a 'room' of roughly 12 meters square, which has walls made of thick impact resistant glass, and a double door of the same material which is currently propped open.

Inside the room is an assortment of speakers, display screens, posters and cameras - all of which are bathed in a soft orange light.  The computer is question is on a slightly raised pedestal, surrounded by more of the same glass which makes a display case around it.

The computer is also fitted inside what looks like a hardshell luggage case (a large sized one in orange), which is currently open to show the computer nestled tightly inside it.  It has dozen of interface ports all over it, but only one appears to be in use at the moment (which is plugged into a wireless network and multi-channel display device).  It must not be air cooled, as there is no ventalation for the display case.

There is no one else in the display area at the moment, a few other people are scattered around the showroom however.  Maneuvering closer to the door, Synth hears the speakers play a soundfile loud enough for only her to hear.

Quote from: Demonstration Computer Speakers
Hi there.  Come inside and have a look, I promise I'll behave myself.  Perhaps you'd like to see some of my tricks.

It's most likely some "personality based" demonstration software, or perhaps someone hidden out of sight with a microphone and access to the speakers and camera of the display area.
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« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2007, 11:04:56 AM »

As a bit of a gauging excecise she quietly says "Pity, I like my machines naughty." in as mischievous and leading tone as she can manage.
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« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2007, 07:12:25 AM »

There is a brief pause before the speakers respond with more audio.

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Ok I'll keep that in mind.  Is this visit for business or pleasure?
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« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2007, 06:14:13 AM »

With a slight smile at the programs reaction she replies "Business. What exactly is this little toy capable of?"
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« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2007, 08:05:11 AM »

Quote from: Orange Supercomputer
Pretty much any high computational task completed in a fraction of the time.  This may not sound very exciting but it is, I should know.  Once you make computations fast enough you can start factoring in new information from multiple sources on the fly, something you cannot do while your old supercomputer is still only part way thru resolving all the iterations and possibilities.

Once you can bring in revised information on the fly, and factor that into your calculations, you are almost at the level where you can make decisions the way a person would.

Perhaps an example would illustrate this better.

An aerial map of the city appears on the display screen. 6 small points on the map glow a bright green, the central point roughly corresponds with where you are now in Sapphire City.  The margins of the screen immeadiately start filling with rapidly scrolling textual data. Red lines begin radiating out from the central green point to the others, and then from those points to the other points.  Within a few seconds some of these red lines are highlighted a thick blue, showing a path between all the green points.

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Imagine when you leave here you need to pickup 5 parcels from around the city within 45 minutes.

You run the software on a computer which factors in known distances, current traffic patterns, historical traffic patterns, chance of accidents and other holdups based on historical vehicle insurance claims and accident reports.  Your current architecture computer is going to start working thru the iterations one by one, and even if its really fast with billions of instructions per second its still going to take a while to work through all the outcomes.  If it takes 5 minutes you now have only 40 minutes left to do the pickups.

Imagine your computer is blindingly fast, and works out all possible permutations of routes through the city in 1 minute.  You take the route calculated and head out into the traffic, but once you've been travelling for 5 minutes an accident on the central canal bridge blocks up traffic and renders your route no longer suitable for your task.  You now need to rerun the program, but it could come up with a completely different route, so you need it to come up with a route based on where you are currently.  While trying to reconfigure the software based on the currently circumstances another traffic event occurs, rendering your solution unuseable before it is even resolved.  Next your may be told you need to pickup a 6th parcel which also changes your plan yet again, with enough introduced changes your task will be failed as the solution could not be adapted quickly enough.

What you need is the software to adapt to the issues and their flow on effects as they happen.  If you can get the data in and processed fast enough, then you can adapt to the situations in a timely manner, but most importantly you can continue to adapt as the scebario unfolds.  Your solutions will not be invalidated by changing events before they are even calculated.

This is where BEMA comes in.  Binary Extraploation Matrix Architecture does not iterate throught all the options very fast like an old architecture super computer.  BEMA calculates all possible routes at the same time, and at any point in time has multi-state representation of all of them.  What this means is that when the ideal options are rendered invalid the computer can immeadiately swap to other routes that would now be optional based on the new circumstances.

Say, they are nice shoes you have on.  May I ask where you got them from?
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« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2007, 07:54:13 AM »

Synth raises any eyebrow as she thinks through the various scenarios it could be used in... frowning as she thinks of defense networks
"Hello Skynet." she mutters quietly.
"Italy" she hastily adds at a more directed speech level.
A pause...
"Any chance I can get to play with it...?"
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