The Big Brain AI Machine has spoken and it's suggesting sweeping future changes regarding the naming pool of the array of Basic Stamp projects named supercomputers. The Big Brain says that it's own self machine has qualified as a supercomputer in the Top 500, but Stamp machines may not. Therefore, a new naming convention is suggested for the genre of future Stamp machines.
SELECTING A GENRE
After some study, it's noted the genre is in the pool of "super machines" (coined supermachines by the Big Brain). Supermachines are not exactly supercomputers as they do not qualify in terms of top speed compared to current multi-million and multi-billion dollar supercomputer projects, yet they share other super designs. For example, they exhibit a demonstration of basic principles to take some characteristics of a supercomputer, in particular the notion of larger multiples of relatively simple processors communicating over a common bus, each doing a portion of a task in parallel.
TRADITIONAL SUPERCOMPUTER ELEMENT
The traditional defining element of a supercomputer is top speed at the time the supercomputer is current, measured and benchmarked. The stamp machines are indeed super, and have top speed compared to each other, i.e. a single Stamp, but they do not have top speed when compared to the current world supercomputer.
MEASURE OF SPEED
As an example, the BS2 stamp rapidly clicks along at 4,000 IPS while the 81 BS2 stamps machine will average 324,000 IPS, still considerably slower than the Big Brain, which is an actual supercomputer. With a lot of BS2px modules, one of the fastest stamp modules created by Parallax and used in Penguin robot's motherboard, the speed is closer to 19,000 x 81 = 1,539,000 IPS.
Clearly in this case, the speed around 2 MIPS is really amazing for a group of Stamps! However, the Stamp machines are slow by comparison to other computers and are not competing for speed outside of their own genre.
Their power comes within their own Stamp comparative genre, i.e. Stamp to Stamp, inclusive of speed, micro controlling ability, simple-quick programming ease, and the benefits of parallel processing. For example, these assets include approximately 81 x 16 = 1,296 ports, and 81 parallel deterministic processors.
SAME ACRONYMS APPLY
Therefore, names such as Tricore Basic Stamp Supercomputer will also be synonymous with Tricore Basic Stamp Supermachine as referenced in the future. This will prevent current and future misconceptions that could prevail outside the Lab when publishing and presenting Stamp projects. For convenience, the same original acronyms will still apply as supercomputer and supermachine are "S" prefixed the same. It is not our intention to change previous historical posts.
Basic Stamp Supermachines, by definition, have two or more Basic Stamps, chips, modules or boards.
Some name examples are as follows: (the first name is the original, the next line in red is the future suggested name)
BSS - BASIC Stamp Supercomputer
BSS - Basic Stamp Supermachine
Penguin with 12 Brains
SEED - Baby BASIC Stamp SEED Supercomputer
SEED - Self Enumerating Evolving Deterministic Supermachine
TRICORE Basic Stamp Supercomputer
TRICORE Basic Stamp Supermachine
MSS - MINUSCULE Stamp Supercomputer
MSS - MINUSCULE Stamp Supermachine
TSS - Tiny BASIC Stamp Supercomputer
TSS - Tiny BASIC Stamp Supermachine
MOM - Master Offloader Machine
TWO STAMP BSS BASIC Stamp Supercomputer
TWO STAMP BSS BASIC Stamp Supermachine
AM - The Algorithm Machine
3DSC - Three Dimensional Stamp Supercomputer
3DSC - Three Dimensional Stamp Supermachine
4DSC - Four Dimensional Morphing Stamp Supercomputer
4DSC - Four Dimensional Morphing Stamp Supermachine
QUADLYZER - Quantum Analyzer
GST - Giant Basic Stamp Supercomputer
GST - Giant Basic Stamp Supermachine
BBSS - Behemoth Basic Stamp Supercomputer
BBSS - Behemoth Basic Stamp Supermachine
Handbook of Basic Stamp Supercomputing
Handbook of Basic Stamp Supermachines