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Posted on 19-07-22, 02:15 pm
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I figured this would be up Screwtape's alley:
https://www.zdnet.com/article/korean-researchers-develop-ternary-semiconductor-tech/

Seems to me that balanced ternary (-1, 0, 1) would be more useful than unbalanced (0, 1, 2), but I'm not an expert on this stuff.
Posted on 19-07-22, 03:45 pm
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I don't actually know much about ternary computing, except that balanced ternary is supposedly more flexible/useful than regular, and I have a hard time imagining how such a thing would work.

Given how much software pretty much requires x86 or ARM processors, and how even new-from-scratch CPUs (RISC-V, The Mill) have to pay attention to supporting the C and Unix machine model rather than innovating, I do wonder how much of a market there would be for computing resources that don't even use binary...

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Posted on 19-07-22, 03:51 pm
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So Bender's worst dream is now true?

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Posted on 19-07-22, 04:05 pm
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Don't be silly, tomman. If it's balanced there's still no two.
Posted on 19-07-23, 12:16 am
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Posted by Screwtape
I don't actually know much about ternary computing, except that balanced ternary is supposedly more flexible/useful than regular, and I have a hard time imagining how such a thing would work.

Given how much software pretty much requires x86 or ARM processors, and how even new-from-scratch CPUs (RISC-V, The Mill) have to pay attention to supporting the C and Unix machine model rather than innovating, I do wonder how much of a market there would be for computing resources that don't even use binary...

Well, correct me if I'm wrong here, but isn't the point here that with this can squeeze out the last few drops of performance? Then it'd make sense you'd use this mainly for HPC applications. And for that you use completely alien architectures anyway. The PS3 had the cell processor, so it's not like it's without precedent.

C can keep everything but the bitwise stuff, so at least developing for it would be reasonably normal.

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Posted on 19-07-23, 01:21 am
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Posted by sureanem
And for that you use completely alien architectures anyway. The PS3 had the cell processor, so it's not like it's without precedent.


PowerPC isn't THAT weird.

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