15 Years ago, an IBM supercomputer called “Deep Blue” beat world chess champion Gary Kasparov. Deep Blue was about the size of a refrigerator, a “massively parallelized” system with 30 main processor nodes and 480 custom-purpose VLSI digital signal processing chips. It cost millions of dollars to design and build. Deep Blue was a stunningly powerful machine and it beat Kasparov through the sheer brute force of its calculation engines, which could play out literally millions of possible counter moves in the blink of an eye.
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