Billy Pettit real disappointment

Sridhar Ayengar ploopster at
Sun Jul 1 08:36:15 CDT 2007

Jules Richardson wrote:
> Sridhar Ayengar wrote:
>> I thing it would probably be interesting to make a computer where the 
>> building blocks would be tetrahedra, and you would bolt them together 
>> in 3D configurations.  Can you make an icosahedron out of tetrahedra?
> Hmm... a parallel Buckyball computer - now there's an idea. IIRC it's 
> mainly octagons with a few pentagons - maybe construct the thing from 
> octagonal computing surfaces with interconnects at the edges, then use 
> the pentagons as way of communicating with the outside world (and 
> routing power, cooling etc. into the inside of the device?
> I like a bit of sillyness with my morning coffee ;-)
> (does PCB fab equipment even exist that can lay out boards with anything 
> other than a NSEW arrangement? Whilst I've seen some funny shaped PCBs, 
> I don't think I've ever seen a mass-produced board with components at 
> weird angles)

Look at a BTX-spec motherboard sometime.

Peace...  Sridhar

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