[SATLUG] question of the measurement of processing power past and present

Ernest De Leon edeleonjr at gmail.com
Wed Aug 13 00:06:56 CDT 2008

Moore's Law will give you most of the technical background for the increase
in power:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moore%27s_law

This website also gives some project specs for various machines over time:

Hopefully that helps.


On Tue, Aug 12, 2008 at 9:52 PM, Todd W. Bucy <toddwbucy at grandecom.net>wrote:

> Thanks everyone for the comments but I think that something got lost in
> the articulation of my question. completely my own fault.  The purposes
> of this paper is to develop a few testable hypotheses on the topic of
> F/OSS gift economy and how it has developed over the last 50 or so
> years, for my master's thesis.  My basic asumption is this: F/OSS gift
> economy has developed largely because of a unique socio-economic and
> technological environment. I of course have to describe this environment
> and how it has developed over time. I am assuming that the technological
> part of this environment was/is integral to the growth and development
> of the F/OSS community, therefore I need some way to accurately describe
> the increase of computing power over this time period.  It needs to be
> relatively simple as the audience I am writting for are anthropologist
> and not hackers.  I guess one way of looking at the question is to
> assume that hypothetical program A ran in x # of days on an IBM 650 and
> ran on x # of seconds on the IBM Runner.  It would be nice if I could
> show the performance increase with every generation of computer over the
> last 50 years but for now it is only necessary to show the difference
> between 1954 and 2004.  I know that I can't be the first to have thought
> of doing something like this so a reference of some sort should do just
> fine.
> as for the comments upon gift-economy I am most interested in hearing
> opinions (educated or otherwise) on this topic.
> Thanks
> Todd
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