44 cores server to power TCEC Season 10
The premier computer chess event TCEC Season 10 is starting next week with the participation of the strongest chess software. The event will not only be record breaking regarding the ELO and strength of the engines, but also the hardware for S10 will be a 44 core server.
Here are the full parameters of the machine for the TCEC S10 event:
Dual Xeon 2699 v4 – total 44 cores
64 GB RAM meaning max of 16 GB hash per engine
250 GB Crucial SSD
Windows Server 2012 R2
For Stage 1 the server will be limited to 22 cores, from Stage 2 and for the Superfinal the event will run on the full power of the 44 cores.
Note: in all stages ponder will be off for the engines, as per the rules of the competition
Sophisticated balancing of openings for TCEC Season 10
Nelson Hernandez is once again the man behind the openings of Stage 1 and 2 of TCEC. He explains how the openings are balanced to minimize the effect of having one more or one less white game in a single round robin.