Special Purpose Computer





Explanation

The above graph compares a special-purpose computer with a general purpose one. The y-axis is logarithmic. The special purpose computer has initial overhead to start. It has excellent computation speed but it gets limited by small memory. For the general-purpose computer, the initial overhead is less. It has relatively less speed and it finds a more accurate answer (larger memory). Usually one needs to customize the HINT code for the special purpose computer.


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