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Old March 1st, 2020, 07:52 PM
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In this day and age, I'm less likely to argue that the "Big Computers" in Traveller are a single huge computer, but more akin to Blade Servers, large cabinets full of linked processors, capable of the (I presume) huge number of simultaneous calculations required for running a starship, all its components, and handling the extra-dimensional, quanta and gravity based mathematical calculations and functions required for Jump that would fry the most powerful desktops or portable computers (or at least slow than down so much as to be useless).

What I base this on, is that oftentimes, a seemingly outdated computer system, that takes up a room sizes area can still outperform a modern computer for certain applications, and for those reasons those old monster sized machines are STILL used today.

Ie, while your cell-phone can out perform in computational power, it can in no way handle the 1000+ simultaneous communications connections of an old room sized beast. I figure Traveller ship computers huge for similar reasons.

Just my thoughts.
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I just say the "computers" are in fact sensor suites - the output is never better than the input.
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