<computer> A super computer developed by researchers at IBM to explore
the use of parallel processing to solve complex computing problems. It is known
as the first computer to beat the current chess World Grand Master.
Deep Blue started it's life as a PhD project at Carnegie Mellon University by
PhD students Feng-hsiung Hsu and Murray Campbell. Chiptest, as it was known
then, consisted of a custom designed chip hosted in a Sun 3/160 computer.
The project moved over to IBM in 1989 when Hsu and Campbell joined IBM. Deep
Thought, as it was known by then, played for the first time against Garry
Kasparov in the same year. The game of two matches was easily won by Kasparov.
The next match against Kasparov took place in February 1996. By then the machine
was again renamed, at that time it was known as Deep Blue. It was also heavily
re-engineered: it was by then running on a 32-node RS/6000 cluster, each
containing 8 custom designed chips. Alas, Kasparov won again.
The breakthrough finally happened in February 1997: with both the algorithm and
the raw speed significantly improved, Deep Blue beat Kasparov 3.5:2.5.
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