Gladiator-style ‘wars’ select out weak programs

July 14, 2003 | Source:

Computer scientists have found the ultimate way to debug their programs –let them compete against other programs in a gladiator-style tournament.

Dubbed Grid Wars II, the contest held at the ClusterWorld conference in San Jose, California, last month was like a software version of television’s Robot Wars and Battle Bots. In each battle, programs fought to gain control of processing power in a huge parallel computer.