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February 11th, 2008, 08:11 PM   #16
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Re: Conway's Game of Life

Originally Posted by CRGreathouse
Another possibility would be to block the grid into, say, 3x3 or 4x4 squares and store each as a unit. The interaction between blocks would be more complex, but you'd have only 1/9 or 1/16th the number of blocks vs. cells. This would really only be worthwhile if you found a way to store them that lets interaction be calculated quickly.
Musings: an n x n block requires consideration of (n+2)^2 squares (the block and its neighboring squares) which can be implemented as a direct lookup with a table of 2^((n+2)^2) * n^2 bits = 2n^2 * 2^(n^2 + 4n) bytes.

1x1: 64 bytes
2x2: 32 kB
3x3: 36 MB
4x4: 128 GB
5x5: 1600 TB

So a basic lookup is impossible for the 5x5 and requires a precomputed (slow) hard drive array for 4x4. The 3x3 borders on possibility, as it will fit easily into main memory and may fit into the L2 cache. The 2x2 can fit entirely in L1 cache.
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February 12th, 2008, 02:33 PM   #17
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Re: Conway's Game of Life

Originally Posted by CRGreathouse
The 2x2 can fit entirely in L1 cache.
Sorry I have to:

On another note; I don't think I'm looking for a pre-computed option here...

Also, I'm having trouble with scheme yelling at me when I use empty lists... A problem I haven't been able to figure out in the (admittedly brief) amount of time I've had to work with since getting back to school... Once I figure it out (or someone explains it to me), I'll finally post it here.
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October 22nd, 2008, 07:54 PM   #18
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Is this a true bayonet?

Has anyone ever seen this knife before and can it really be used on a bayonet? It is said that it can fit together with a AK47 rifle. Maybe it is a copy of some old military knife that was used back in one of the wars? The website that it is on is I am wondering if it can fit on any other types of guns or rifles. Does it look like something that would be used by Chinese, Koreans, or Russians. Here is a link to the knives page and it is the knife with the number 406023 right at the top of the page.Any help would be appreciated before I order it all the way from China
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September 15th, 2009, 05:58 AM   #19
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Re: Conway's Game of Life

it's cool, you got me brainstorming over this thread.
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