Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:35 PM
My HD6950 crashes whenever - brace yourself - some graphics operation I haven't been able to identify (it seems to be related to the geometry shader) is performed when the internal card temperature is less than 53 Celsius. No driver version seemed to fix this so I chalked it up to hardware malfunction about a year ago and just decided to work around it until upgrade. I have not tried the latest drivers, though.
Other than that, no, I've not noticed any issues.
The slowsort algorithm is a perfect illustration of the multiply and surrender paradigm, which is perhaps the single most important paradigm in the development of reluctant algorithms. The basic multiply and surrender strategy consists in replacing the problem at hand by two or more subproblems, each slightly simpler than the original, and continue multiplying subproblems and subsubproblems recursively in this fashion as long as possible. At some point the subproblems will all become so simple that their solution can no longer be postponed, and we will have to surrender. Experience shows that, in most cases, by the time this point is reached the total work will be substantially higher than what could have been wasted by a more direct approach.
- Pessimal Algorithms and Simplexity Analysis