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*To*: [email protected] (Timothy C. May)*Subject*: Re: Directed Hamiltonian Path Problem*From*: "Perry E. Metzger" <[email protected]>*Date*: Tue, 28 Nov 1995 01:16:14 -0500*Cc*: [email protected]*In-Reply-To*: Your message of "Mon, 27 Nov 1995 23:18:11 PST." <[email protected][205.199.118.202]>*Reply-To*: [email protected]*Sender*: [email protected]

Timothy C. May writes: > The work by Adleman on "vats of computers" is intriguing, but is no real > solution to the problem of exponential or superexponential growth: a > problem that Adleman's vat could solve with a fish tank full of DNA > computers in a day could be easily outpaced by a key length "only" a bit > longer. Indeed. Its the problem with innumeracy. People don't understand that if, say, a problem is O(2^N), and a problem of size 1000 requires a liter of fluid, a problem of size 2000 requires 107150860718626732094842504906000181056140481170553360744375038837035\ 105112493612249319837881569585812759467291755314682518714528569231404\ 359845775746985748039345677748242309854210746050623711418779541821530\ 464749835819412673987675591655439460770629145711964776865421676604298\ 31652624386837205668069376 liters of fluid. I'll note that is something like 107150860718626732094842504906000181056140481170553360744375038837035\ 105112493612249319837881569585812759467291755314682518714528569231404\ 3598457757469857480393456777482423098542107460506237114187795418 times more liters of fluid than there are fundamental particles in the universe -- being too lazy to calculate the number of fundamental particles in a liter, I won't make the more relevant statement of what multiple of the number of particles in the universe the number of particles in that number of liters of fluid would be. The stuff on quantum factoring worries me more than Adleman fluid -- I never can get an explanation of it clear enough to decide if it is more than a theoretical concern. Perry

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