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Re: Hardware Mma ?

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  • Subject: Re: Hardware Mma ?
  • From: fateman at (Richard Fateman)
  • Date: Wed, 20 May 92 11:31:35 PDT

It is not clear that hardware support for pattern matching and
term rewriting would make Mathematica run much faster.  And if
anyone built special hardware, it is unlikely it would be cost
effective.  Stock hardware speeds improve so fast, and the
cost of building standard computers is so much lower than custom
hardware, that a company building such stuff would probably
not be able to stay in business.  The lisp machine companies
ran up against this problem. I gather that Symbolics was able
to stay in business by becoming essentially a software company.

If you want to run Mathematica faster, I think you need more and
faster memory, but that's just a guess.

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