sanchezman wrote:mrout wrote:Hmm, perhaps. I still think it's overcomplicating things - people push things further and invent new things because they have needs. If humans didn't have pressing needs for more powerful computers, they wouldn't build them.
Maybe, but specialization trumps power in my eyes. There's a reason that things like massive bomber planes and battleships are obsolete. All that raw power is OK, but specialization of ships and planes into high-tech weapons platforms is more in tune with technological advances. Perhaps the DCPU is specialized for the task. Maybe in fitting all the circuitry necessary for calculating the warp drive jumps, other features had to be dropped. If you don't need anything more than a glorified calculator that can do one thing really well to run your ship, why would you waste the money cramming in a supercomputer that does everything just OK?
That's a good point, actually. It could very well be that the algorithm used to calculate hyperspace navigation routes or whatever worked incredibly well with a system with extremely efficient stack operations.