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Message 51921 - Posted: 23 May 2019 | 23:19:46 UTC
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Quote from his Wikipedia page:

Alan Mathison Turing (/ˈtjʊərɪŋ/; 23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954) was an English mathematician, computer scientist, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher and theoretical biologist.[6] Turing was highly influential in the development of theoretical computer science, providing a formalisation of the concepts of algorithm and computation with the Turing machine, which can be considered a model of a general-purpose computer. Turing is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence. Despite these accomplishments, he was never fully recognised in his home country during his lifetime, due to his homosexuality, which was then a crime in the UK.

During the Second World War, Turing worked for the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) at Bletchley Park, Britain's codebreaking centre that produced Ultra intelligence. For a time he led Hut 8, the section that was responsible for German naval cryptanalysis. Here, he devised a number of techniques for speeding the breaking of German ciphers, including improvements to the pre-war Polish bombe method, an electromechanical machine that could find settings for the Enigma machine.

Turing played a pivotal role in cracking intercepted coded messages that enabled the Allies to defeat the Nazis in many crucial engagements, including the Battle of the Atlantic, and in so doing helped win the war. Counterfactual history is difficult with respect to the effect Ultra intelligence had on the length of the war, but at the upper end it has been estimated that this work shortened the war in Europe by more than two years and saved over 14 million lives.

The other scientist nVidia named their cards after:

Nikola Tesla
Enrico Fermi
Johannes Kepler
James Clerk Maxwell
Alessandro Volta
André-Marie Ampère (This is just a joke)

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Message 51931 - Posted: 28 May 2019 | 18:17:28 UTC

André-Marie Ampère (This is just a joke)

Why a joke?? Ampere is the next card on the Nvidia gpu roadmap after Turing. Supposedly to be released in 2020 as the follow on product to the Volta high-end computing market.

Speculation that Nvidia is going to use Samsung foundries for their 7nm process node.

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