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Claim GAPE - Gordon's async uproc exists

Category: Science & Technology:Computer Technology & Benchmarks JUDGED at 0
Owner:20
Judge:97, Loophole
created:1995/09/23
due date:2000/04/02

The Claim

Gordon Bell's commercial asynchronous processor exists.

Gordon Bell has offered $1000 for a fully asynchronous processor that is commercially available on April Fools day, 2000.

The claim is YES if Gordon Bell pays the $1000, however our understanding of the challenge is that

  1. the design must be commercially available
  2. the design must be fully asynchronous (no internally-generated or externally-supplied clocks)
  3. the design must have an instruction set architecture (it must have a program counter, execute an instruction set and read and write to an external memory)

To be `commercially available' means it must be produced in volume using a standard process (e.g. MOSIS-fabbed designs do not count). The notion of a `standard process' is undefined; In principle `standard process' means that a second source for the designs could be acquired. The existence of such a second source is not required for the claim.

The claim is independent of the required operating temperature of the design (e.g. Martin's previous asynchronous efforts count if it were fabbed `commercially').

Background: ``Turning Back the Clock,'' Scientific American, June 1995, page 40.

Judge's Statement

I will judge based on the wording of the claim unless it is found to be ambiguous. Such ambiguities will be resolved based on my perception of the author's intent.

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