The Effects of Moore's Law and Slacking on Large Computations
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Gottbrath, Bailin, et al.; Steward Observatory, University of Arizona  
A tongueincheek paper in which the authors show that, in the context of Moore's Law, overall productivity can be increased for large enough computations by 'slacking' or waiting for some period of time before purchasing a computer and beginning the calculation. According to Moore's Law, the computational power available at a particular price doubles every 18 months. Therefore it is conceivable that for sufficiently large numerical calculations and fixed budgets, computing power will improve quickly enough that the calculation will finish faster if we wait until the available computing power is sufficiently better and start the calculation then. By Chris Gottbrath, Jeremy Bailin, Casey Meakin, Todd Thompson, J.J. Charfman; Steward Observatory, University of Arizona.  


Levels:  College, Research 
Languages:  English 
Resource Types:  Computers, Articles, Humor 
Math Topics:  Computational Statistics 
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