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Government uses Tiger cluster to simulate chess, war

updated 03:55 pm EDT, Mon May 2, 2005

Gov buys Tiger cluster

The Australian government will be one of the first government organizations to run Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the The Australian Department of Defense has , for use in the Defence Science and Technology Organization, which found the research with its previous cluster to be "a lot more fruitful than originally expected. Signed last month, the new Tiger cluster was bought as an "upgrade to a system bought 18 months ago for chess simulation, the game of chess being used as a metaphor for war-gaming. Games are played with all kinds of variations included, different strengths, the ability to have an extra move and hidden pieces that opponents can't see. The players are software agents, not real people. The aim of the program is to explore the strengths and weaknesses of military command and control."




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  1. sluxx

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Shall we play...

    Global Thermo Nuclear War?

    No. Let's play tic-tac-toe.

  1. z0ne81

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    WarGames

    "Greetings Professor Falcon"

    Who'd have thought the WOPR would be running Mac OS X?

  1. z0ne81

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    Damn

    You beat me to it, sluxx ;)

  1. BEIGE

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    first step

    don't hire an idiot to run your military/govt.

  1. jpr007

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    WOPR

    Let me guess, the array of Macs it runs on is called the WOPR (War Operation Planned Response).

  1. Oneota

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Who knew?

    Huh...who knew that Chess.app was so powerful?

  1. hughbp

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Oz Army

    The reason they use a chess set is that it exactly equals the size of our army.

    No - really - honest!

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