Saturday, June 25, 2005

Aerosols instead of checkers

I've been working a lot lately; we are just finishing a protoype of a new device which measures particulate matter in the air - a form of air pollution. It's rather small and portable and sends its data over bluetooth to a PDA, the whole thing looks like this:

Because I'm working more than usual, I had no time lately for checkers programming. Two projects are ongoing, and I don't need to do anything about them: the book generators for regular checkers and for suicide checkers are both churning away on their respective computers. The generator for regular checkers is filling in the gaps in the newly merged huge opening book, a process which takes a lot of time. I guess that I'll be able to release the resulting book in about two months. I restarted the suicide checkers generator a few weeks ago, since Suicidal Cake now also has access to the 7-piece endgame database. After analyzing 46'000 positions, it still thinks that the game is a draw.

In 10 days, my holiday season starts, and hopefully I will be able to get back to cleaning up CheckerBoard's source code!