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The Progression

The progression of computing power is an interesting story in its own right.

The Baldwin group collectively spent 12 man-years painstakingly calculating the basic strategy on electronic calculators, the major computation aid at the time.

In his studies, Thorp used a state-of-the-art IBM 704 mainframe computer. His FORTRAN programs enabled the machine to perform the equivalent of some 10,000 man-years of work. The executable time of an approximation was typically 10 minutes.

Today, with an increase of several orders of magnitude in computational power and speed, computer calculations of the same complexity can be done in seconds

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