Question on Wafer Jacks

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Question on Wafer Jacks

Postby Sparrowhawk » Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:41 pm

Based on the description in the CSC, it has computer/2 for expert programs. My interpretation is that since the interface takes a bandwidth of 1, you can only run expert/1 programs (so granting skill level 0 in the particular skill), one at a time. At tech 12, the jack can store 4 bandwidth worth of programs (interface plus 3 expert/1 programs) and tech 13 can store an additional 4 bandwidth of programs.
Agree/disagree?

If this is the case:
How quickly can it switch stored programs?
How long does it take to upload other programs?
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Re: Question on Wafer Jacks

Postby AnotherDilbert » Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:23 pm

Sparrowhawk wrote:
Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:41 pm
Based on the description in the CSC, it has computer/2 for expert programs. My interpretation is that since the interface takes a bandwidth of 1, you can only run expert/1 programs (so granting skill level 0 in the particular skill), one at a time. At tech 12, the jack can store 4 bandwidth worth of programs (interface plus 3 expert/1 programs) and tech 13 can store an additional 4 bandwidth of programs.
Agree/disagree?
Basically agree, but:
CSC, p92 wrote:A wafer jack has Computer/2 for Expert programs only, and is always running Intelligence Interface.
I interpret that as it has BW-2 for Expert programs, and runs Intelligent Interface for free.

Also note:
Core, p105 wrote:Specialised Computer: A computer can be designed for
a specific purpose, which gives it a Processing Score of +1 or +2 higher for that software only.
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Re: Question on Wafer Jacks

Postby Sparrowhawk » Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:40 pm

AnotherDilbert wrote:
Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:23 pm
Sparrowhawk wrote:
Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:41 pm
Based on the description in the CSC, it has computer/2 for expert programs. My interpretation is that since the interface takes a bandwidth of 1, you can only run expert/1 programs (so granting skill level 0 in the particular skill), one at a time. At tech 12, the jack can store 4 bandwidth worth of programs (interface plus 3 expert/1 programs) and tech 13 can store an additional 4 bandwidth of programs.
Agree/disagree?
Basically agree, but:
CSC, p92 wrote:A wafer jack has Computer/2 for Expert programs only, and is always running Intelligence Interface.
I interpret that as it has BW-2 for Expert programs, and runs Intelligent Interface for free.

Also note:
Core, p105 wrote:Specialised Computer: A computer can be designed for
a specific purpose, which gives it a Processing Score of +1 or +2 higher for that software only.
OK so then a limit to Expert/2 (skill level 1); but then assuming the interface also doesn't take storage space (hard-coded into the wafer jack), that meas a tech 12 jack could only store 2 skills (4 skills at tech 13). How long would you think it takes to switch stored programs?
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Re: Question on Wafer Jacks

Postby AnotherDilbert » Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:11 pm

Sparrowhawk wrote: How long would you think it takes to switch stored programs?
Switching running programs should be quick enough. I allow to switch between rounds.

Switching a wafer would be like switching a floppy or SD card, Minor Action?

Given:
CSC, p65 wrote:Software packages of more than 1 Bandwidth cannot be copied easily, as they require a non-trivial amount of bandwidth to transfer.
It should take some time to copy software to a new wafer, perhaps an hour?
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Re: Question on Wafer Jacks

Postby Sparrowhawk » Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:19 pm

Thank you all for the input. :)
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Re: Question on Wafer Jacks

Postby Klooth Quethos » Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:24 am

Good question! I didn't even realize that I needed the same query answered.
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