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Parent - By Indrajit (***) [in] Date 2011-02-14 17:16
My office laptop is also a Lenovo (T61) and there are days when my laptop overheats and the fan starts making a sound like a propeller plane :mad:

BTW that fingerprint reader is a terrible nuisance. Invariably the palm of my hand will slide over the reader and a balloon will float up saying it can't recognize the print. Thankfully my model does not come with it.
Parent - By BigBen (****) Date 2011-01-17 12:56

>But I found a cure


Hi Lukas,
              But alas once the Sony Vaio had my m8s fist through the screen it no longer worked and went to laptop heaven or more likely laptop hell :lol: He had Vista on the laptop where made it doubly as bad lol ....

The makers of the laptops are to blame filling them with crap and maybe with trial versions of Norton etc .... In fact you can save money by not agreeing with the EULA at least it used to be where windows is concerned and install Linux yourself etc

Regards
Parent - - By Harvey Williamson (*****) Date 2011-01-07 14:32
Some people will surely see that a bug fix was promised for R3 and did not happen. A bug fix was promised for R4 and has not happened in a timely fashion. Although there is an obligation on any developer to supply a free fix for major bugs to customers. Why should any customer believe a Cluster bug will be fixed?
Parent - By Bouddha (****) [ch] Date 2011-01-07 14:46
You have a point.
Parent - By Knight (**) Date 2011-01-07 16:14 Edited 2011-01-07 16:16

> Why should any customer believe a Cluster bug will be fixed?


With these prices, the bug must be fixed!.

This is Vas's last chance as a leader in the chess computer market. If it fails then he might have to find another job or be as poor as most people
Parent - - By Felix Kling (Gold) [de] Date 2011-01-08 01:59
Harvey, what are you talking about? Bugs in the cluster Rybka are easy to fix, there's no problem with distribution and so on.

Of course the Hiarcs team can't fix bugs in their cluster software, since there is no :)
Parent - - By Alien-51 (*) Date 2011-01-08 04:29
Bugs in the cluster Rybka are easy to fix?? lol.. what about Rybka 3 and 4??  :neutral:
Parent - - By Felix Kling (Gold) [de] Date 2011-01-08 07:20
There's a distribution problem, it's not that easy to do. Also you don't want to have many updates therefore and so on. The cluster is completely different.
Parent - By tomgdrums (****) Date 2011-01-08 20:50

> Also you don't want to have many updates therefore and so on.


I don't think ANYONE, ANYWHERE would ever complain that R3 and R4 have had TOO many updates or fixes..  So you guys are safe in that regards.
Parent - By SchachProfi (****) [de] Date 2011-01-10 17:04

> There's a distribution problem


Strange, can't imagine any other software-developing company having this problem (others push out updates weekly or even daily to suit their customers wishes), maybe it is just between Vas' ears? :smile: Please explain on that what... what distribution-problem makes it impossible to you to fix the Multi-PV-bug even after months? Alex
Parent - By suj (***) Date 2011-01-13 22:19
I understand its internal logistics but that same internal logistics could have been applied by means of a easy to download patch on rybkachess website.2 yrs and still nothing ....is that not enough time to issue one bug fix...
Parent - By tomgdrums (****) Date 2011-01-08 20:49

> Of course the Hiarcs team can't fix bugs in their cluster software, since there is no :)


Or you could put it like this Felix:  The Hiarcs team has been too busy addressing the concerns of it's customers and providing said customers with good and timely service to actually spend time building a machine that hardly anyone can afford to rent time on.

:)
Parent - - By suj (***) Date 2011-01-08 21:20
Yeah right felix I guess you dont know how the software industry works or you are in a different planet...
Parent - By patrick delaurentis (**) Date 2011-03-15 03:29
ive read some interesting post about rybka cluster for rent- how much elo increase?
one question about improving as vas said above made me wonder..... how much stronger would rybka get if vas or a programmer could use some of the most powerful computers (im talking the new ones you hear about that have 50x the power of vas power) and reved hundreds of moves daily to major plys against plys of 22 that takes ten miniutes to reach on some hardware- how much stronger elo wise would it be if those moves were now the moves instantly played in a set game
reason im interested in these subjects is because i guess that hardware is the only real way (for the most part) for improving chess because computers are so much stronger then us as it is. i think ply and increasing ply through brute power will be the only real way top programmers will be able to create better engines in the coming years- any other thoughts?
Parent - By ppipper (*****) [es] Date 2010-12-31 08:43
congratulations on launching this project. Sure I don't know how many sales of classical Rybka you are actually getting. But it seems this new model will be much more profitable for you and your team. Congratulations.

mass people are waiting for affordable Rybka 4/8 packs.

i also would not mind to pay for a classical Rybka updated versiĆ³n, once it is obsolete for the Cluster, which i guess will happen from time to time
Parent - - By Vempele (Silver) [fi] Date 2011-01-03 16:34
Black text on a background of unspecified color is a bad idea. Particularly if the background can be nearly black.
Parent - By Felix Kling (Gold) [de] Date 2011-01-03 17:05
ah, you talk about the diagram I assume, I forgot that one can change the design of the forum. I'll change that.
Parent - By dr_zied_haddad (**) [fr] Date 2011-01-05 11:12
Congratulations
I'd like to hope a happy new year for you and all the rybka team.
Glad to see that the cluster project for public is a reality.
I must say that the offer is really very expensive, but one cannot imagine that the beginning prices could be much lower.
The solution could be two projects in parallel, a private cluster computer for future development of rybla, and a public newly built bunch of computers for public use.

Hope also that there could be a product may be named Cluster RYBKA 1.0 that could be sold apart from access to the cloud rybka product, and where we could have updates of the latest Rybka products.
Parent - - By Axulus [us] Date 2011-01-07 02:26
I'm surprised that you didn't implement an auction pricing model, where time slots are bid on and would thus vary by demand (with perhaps a minimum price, if needed).  Would likely earn more profit that way, as well as have the cluster more efficiently utilized by users.
Parent - By tomski1981 (*****) [ca] Date 2011-01-07 02:37

> Would likely earn more profit that way


maybe it would, but i doubt it. i'm no expert, but chess engine users are addicts... and they'll be willing to wait a few hours (even if it's in the middle of the night) when demand is low and the price is right...
Parent - By Banned for Life (Gold) Date 2011-01-07 02:41
Remember, you're talking to a guy who wears Che Guevara t-shirts. :roll:
Parent - By Quicksort (**) [fr] Date 2011-01-07 03:49
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark...
Parent - By rarara (**) Date 2011-01-08 11:09
"ChessBase GmbH and Convekta Ltd. are now working on solutions which will allow their customers to access the Rybka Cluster at any time without advance booking on a per-minute basis."

Sounds interesting! What I miss here is the "ICC". Maybe you should try to get their customers too. And ICC still has the biggest number of titled players (possible customers).
Just an idea :)
Parent - - By jps7 (**) [in] Date 2011-05-06 11:27
How can I hire Rybka Cluster for the next Freestyle chess Tournament or Advanced Chess Tournament.
Parent - - By jps7 (**) [in] Date 2011-05-06 23:49
Thnx Lukas. Is the cluster running as smooth as on my computer? When are the rents coming down?
Parent - By Lukas Cimiotti (Bronze) [de] Date 2011-05-07 06:35

>Is the cluster running as smooth as on my computer?


Depends on your internet connection. From Germany to India the ping is around 250 ms. So bullet games won't be a good idea, but analyzing positions works perfectly well.
Parent - By robertj (**) [gb] Date 2011-05-26 16:37 Edited 2011-05-26 16:41
Hello,

"The Rybka Cluster is a high-performance supercomputer located in Minden/Westfalen, Germany. Combining software and hardware engineering, the Rybka Cluster features exclusive Rybka versions not available to the public running on customized hardware built with the specific goal of providing top Rybka performance at an affordable price."

"A computer cluster  is a collection of individual computers which act together as a single bigger computer. The challenge is to split the work in such a way that the relatively slow communication between the individual computers is tolerable. When this is accomplished, clustering provides a flexible and relatively inexpensive way to create and maintain a high-performance supercomputer."

May I ask (if it is not a secret) how was the problem of relatively slow communication between the individual computers resolved? I guess that parallel SMP search algorithm implemented in Crafty would not work? I wonder if it is possible to somehow efficiently share memory between processes running on different computers?

I was thinking to suggest to the organizers of the London Chess Classic Chess Tournament to rent say Rybka Cluster 100 (for say two days) and that the winner of the tournament plays (say) a (two game) mini match against the Rybka Cluster. If all the parties would be interested (and the funding secured) that would be a real treat for the spectators I would think. http://www.londonchessclassic.com/index.htm

Kind regards,
Parent - - By Quapsel (****) [de] Date 2011-12-28 10:01 Edited 2011-12-28 10:43
If Rybka would be the strongest engine today, than some people might be willing to rent newest-Clusterrybka on many(!) cores to get the very, very best computerchess available today.
But with a Rybka staying 30 or 40 ELO behind the strongest freeware, wallets will remain closed.

Vas, if the cluster-rybka is able to do specific astounding things, you should demonstrate it offensively.
And this would be a very nice promotion for UCI-Rybka-5 too.
And it would make the scene curious!
But if there is really nothing to tell us or to show us, I'm afraid that you have lost motivation in Rybka-development. :-(
Am I too anxious?

Quap
Parent - By Barnard (Bronze) Date 2012-08-24 18:44

>Am I too anxious?


yes
Parent - - By Lukas Cimiotti (Bronze) [de] Date 2012-08-24 19:56

>Vas, if the cluster-rybka is able to do specific astounding things, you should demonstrate it offensively.


Maybe you should ask me :wink:
Did you ever try the cluster's extremely advanced multi-pv mode? The cluster I'm currently offering allows 3 PVs at a breathtaking speed. Btw. I can tell you Vas hasn't lost motivation. He's working on something really great.
Parent - By Barnard (Bronze) Date 2012-08-24 20:33

>Vas hasn't lost motivation. He's working on something really great


pure vaporware
Parent - - By Carl Bicknell (*****) [gb] Date 2012-08-28 08:02

> I can tell you Vas hasn't lost motivation. He's working on something really great.


Great stuff Lukas!
And yes people try the new Cluster, yesterday it found an openening novelty for me which (somehow!) Houdini 2, Junior 13.3, HIARCS 13.2, SmarThink 1.2 and Deep Fritz 13 all missed.
Parent - - By Regularuser (***) [gb] Date 2012-08-28 08:10
I would try it except for having to pay 99 Euros for Deep Fritz 13.  That makes it a very expensive trial as I have no other reason for buying Frtiz.

Lukas:  any there still plans to make the cluster available in small time chunks other than via the Chessbase cloud?
Parent - By Carl Bicknell (*****) [gb] Date 2012-08-28 08:19

> I would try it except for having to pay 99 Euros for Deep Fritz 13.


Actually I forgot that. That's the reason there isn't more activity on the Cloud. When Fritz 14 (etc) come out for a more reasonable price I think more people will rent remote engines.
Parent - - By Lukas Cimiotti (Bronze) [de] Date 2012-08-28 08:45

>Lukas:  any there still plans to make the cluster available in small time chunks other than via the Chessbase cloud?


I never had that plan as in that case I'd have to write invoices for very small amounts of money. I just don't have the time to do this. There will be other ways to access the Chessbase cloud - but I can't tell more atm.
Parent - By Regularuser (***) [gb] Date 2012-08-28 08:54
I await with interest!
Parent - By titanium cranium (***) [us] Date 2012-01-20 22:35
Well, again, it's now more about the hardware than software
Parent - - By Quapsel (****) [de] Date 2012-08-23 09:52
Can Rybka Cluster really find customers if there are not shown very tangible examples of it's special capabilities, of it's chess-specific special capabilities?
Quap
Parent - By Uly (Gold) [mx] Date 2012-08-24 18:27
Yes.
Parent - - By Quapsel (****) [de] Date 2013-04-23 04:54
Can we say today that the rental Rybka was a financal disaster for Vas?
Such a multy core equipment is a rather old machine park rapidly.
How many Rybka core-hours might Vas have sold?
And: could it be a good idea to work together with Robert to create a multi-core-rental-Houdini-System?

Quap
Parent - By Labyrinth (*****) [us] Date 2013-04-23 06:18

>Can we say today that the rental Rybka was a financal disaster for Vas?


Not without sales figures, which are certainly not going to be released.
Parent - By Barnard (Bronze) Date 2013-04-28 02:58
the rental rybka was a financial disaster,but not for vas that im almost sure doesnt put any single dollar of the costs of building and maintain and electricity bills;the disaster was for Lukas,who paid everything from his money

but since chess and good hardware is a hobbie for him,and he doesnt make living from that (is an onchologist,i think),im sure he doesnt regreat of being done that

if i were Lukas and has his money,i will do the same;a financial disaster,but i will own the strongest chess entity

---------------

point b)

Lukas agree to use his hardware and work together Houdart;impossible,he (Lukas) will feel it like a traition and never will do it (even if it is a very good idea)

regards
Parent - - By titanium cranium (***) [us] Date 2013-06-07 17:31
This forum is far too large to read in its entirety, so I will only say that I have rented the cluster on numerous occasions. As a result, while I'm certain it's stronger than 99% of most computers, it is not as strong as my 16-core machine. Of course the only way for me to prove that is win a match against the cluster, and I don't see Lucas allowing that, so . . . .
Parent - - By Lukas Cimiotti (Bronze) [de] Date 2013-06-07 18:03
Feel free to rent it and test it against your 16 core comp.
Btw. what's your Chessbase nick?
Parent - - By oudheusa (*****) [nl] Date 2013-06-07 20:58
Hello Lukas,
Any news from Vas?
Is he doing allright?
Parent - By Lukas Cimiotti (Bronze) [de] Date 2013-06-08 09:57
No news - sorry.
Parent - - By Banned for Life (Gold) Date 2013-06-08 11:13
I am starting a new rumor that he has given up on developing chess engines, but that he is making great progress towards the first fully automatic, electric dog polisher!
Parent - - By Labyrinth (*****) [us] Date 2013-06-08 12:24
Would that be a robot dog that does polishing, or an electronic device that polishes your dog? Really the former is preferred here.
Parent - - By AgentEE7 (**) [us] Date 2013-06-16 17:09
I asssumed it meant a device to polish robotic dogs - wich is distinct from your two choices.
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