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Re: [gnugo-devel] multi-threaded GNU go

From: David Doshay
Subject: Re: [gnugo-devel] multi-threaded GNU go
Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2007 10:06:39 -0800

While SlugGo puts a copy of GNU Go on each of many CPUs, that is
not the same as the task of making a multi-threaded GNU Go, which
is what the Prof wanted his students to do. I believe that the learning
he had in mind was explicitly the act of taking a single threaded code
and modifying it to be multi-threaded.

We have thought about this, but held back for exactly the reason
stated below: it would require a very detailed and specific knowledge
of the synchronization needs of many things. We don't have that info,
and we felt it would take long enough to figure it out that it would be
a better use of our time to continue in different directions.

A long time ago I was involved in a project to rewrite a very large
program into a multi threaded version. It took 8 years for the new
version to ship ... and I no longer work there so I don't know if they
stuck with the multi-threaded version or not.


On 21, Feb 2007, at 12:37 AM, Erik Jonsson wrote:

Have you looked at Slugo?

/Erik J.

On Tue, Feb 20, 2007 at 01:43:53PM -0500, Christian Bienia wrote:

I was the one trying to implement multi-threaded branch [1]. With all due respect, I doubt it is doable without good knowledge how the engine is implemented internally. E.g. you need to synchronize or split to one per thread several caches that exist etc. The branch never reached working state as I abandoned it, as far as I remember after unpromising timing

[1] cvs -d:pserver:address@hidden:/sources/gnugo -r multi-board co gnugo

See the list archives around April 2005.

That's too bad. :-( Multi-threading would be a great enhancement for GNU
go. I suppose I'll have to find something else for the students. Any
ideas for alternatives will be appreciated a lot.

Are there any plans to reconsider that decision, given the fact that the two major chip producers will stop producing single-core processors this
year? As Darren pointed out:

the future is multi-core not higher clock speeds. Unfortunately.

- Chris

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