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Deep Blue game 6: May 11 @ 3:00PM EDT | 19:00PM GMT        kasparov 2.5 deep blue 3.5
All this power just for chess?

For the first time in history, a computer has been designed that boasts enough pure processing power to actually pose a serious challenge to Garry Kasparov, the World Chess Champion. With the creation of the Deep Blue computer, IBM has designed a system that can search through a century of historical chess moves at speeds up to two hundred million positions per second. But why build a system that plays chess? Other than Kasparov, who would be interested in such a computer?

By learning from a "friendly" chess match - an extremely complex and strategic game - the computer playing against Kasparov can be programmed to solve complex but common problems that, historically, have been very costly in terms of both time and money. The technology developed by the Deep Blue experiment explores a new computing paradigm: combining both specialized software and hardware with general purpose machines to more effectively tackle difficult problems.

The power behind Deep Blue is an IBM RS/6000 SP system finely tuned with customized processor chips designed by IBM Research. This combination enables users to take on larger problems and use expert knowledge to analyze a deeper number of possibilities as they seek a solution. Industries from express shipping and air transportation to health insurance, financial investment, cosmetics manufacturing and retail distribution can benefit from the Deep Blue architecture.

The primary research goal of Deep Blue's development is to broaden the range of applicability of the RS/6000 SP and to enhance its effectiveness through new algorithms and technology. The methodology chosen is to explore and understand the limits of massively parallel processing through the development of Deep Blue, a computer system designed to play chess at a grandmaster level.

The technological concept explored by Deep Blue is the utilization of parallel special-purpose accelerators combined with a general-purpose parallel system such as the IBM RS/6000 SP. The development of a system and special-purpose accelerators for the game of chess was undertaken because chess is widely known for its computational complexity and near endless alternatives. But chess is also a game based on a small number of simple and easily comprehended rules. These attributes make it an excellent candidate for study.

The experience gained and the lessons learned through the study of chess are applicable to many complex computer applications of significance commercially and to society.

Other applications of Deep Blue technology

Financial modeling
Marketplace trends, risk analysis and more

Data mining
Uncovering hidden relationships and patterns in large databases

Molecular dynamics
A valuable tool in discovering and devleoping new drugs

Related Information

      Deep Blue FAQ:The answers to the questions about this powerful chess-playing computer

      The making of Deep Blue:A timeline of Deep Blue's development

      How Deep Blue works:Under the hood of this powerful parallel processor

      All this power just for chess?:How Deep Blue technology is affecting the way we live

      meet the players :
"Deep Blue shows us that machines can use very different strategies from those of the human brain, and still produce intelligent behavior." - Garry Kasparov

      Chess Pieces
no. 24

In 1985, Garry Kasparov became the youngest man ever to win the world chess championship, at the age of 22.
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