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StarTech (*Tech),
a massive parallel chess program based on Hans Berliner’s serial program HiTech, performing the parallel Jamboree search algorithm. It ran on a 512-processor Connection Machine CM-5 supercomputer using a global transposition table shared among the processors. Unlike Hitech, StarTech does not use the null-move search, and uses the same search extensions in both the serial and the parallel implementations [2]. StarTech tied for third place at the ACM 1993 [3]. Incorporating the ACM 1993 winner, the serial program Socrates II by Don Dailey and Larry Kaufman, StarTech emerged to *Socrates.


StarTech spans three universities and one corporation, with contributions from people at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (NCSA), and Thinking Machines Corporation. Primary author Bradley Kuszmaul was supervised by Charles E. Leiserson, helped and supported by Hans Berliner and Chris McConnell for the serial version of HiTech, and further by Robert D. Blumofe, Mark Bromley, Roger Frye, Richard Karp, John Mucci, Ryan Rifkin, James Schuyler, David Slate, Larry Smarr, Lewis Stiller, Kurt Thearling, Richard Title, Al Vezza, David Waltz, and Michael Welge [4]. Hans Berliner, Richard Karp, David Slate, and Lewis Stiller all contributed to a mini-seminar on chess held at Thinking Machines Corporation on August 12, 1991. In particular, Richard Karp suggested that StarTech should be based on Hans Berliner’s HiTech rather than GNU Chess [5].

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  1. Yvonne Kendall - Ad Astra: To the Stars, 2013 - Fabric, yarn, chair and suitcase, Flottmann 30 hoch - 30 years anniversary exhibition, Flottmann-Hallen in Herne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, part of The Industrial Heritage Trail of the Ruhr area, Photo by Gerd Isenberg, September 18, 2016
  2. Bradley C. Kuszmaul (1995). The StarTech Massively Parallel Chess Program. ICCA Journal, Vol. 18, No. 1, pdf
  3. Danny Kopec, Monroe Newborn, Michael Valvo (1994). The 23rd ACM NACCC in Indianapolis, in The 24th ACM International Computer Chess Championship from The Computer History Museum, pdf
  4. Bradley C. Kuszmaul (1995). The StarTech Massively Parallel Chess Program. ICCA Journal, Vol. 18, No. 1, pdf, pp. 14, Acknowledgments
  5. Bradley C. Kuszmaul (1994). Synchronized MIMD Computing. Ph. D. Thesis, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT, pdf, pp. 146, Acknowledgments

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