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Date: 2005-02-04 (17:27)
From: Damien Doligez <damien.doligez@i...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Estimating the size of the ocaml community

> On Thu, Feb 03, 2005 at 11:39:50PM +0000, Richard Jones wrote:
>> Got to agree with you on this one ...  At least we'll soon all be
>> using 64 bit computers where OCaml doesn't suffer this limitation.

On Feb 4, 2005, at 11:58, Oliver Bandel wrote:
> Well, but even on those computers will be restrictions in the size.

On 64-bit computers, the maximum string length is 2^56-9 bytes.

> And I'm sure that with more powerful computers, there will be
> more ressource-needing applications/calculations/computations
> and so maybe there will be another problem then (maybe it needs
> some decades to reach that limit?).

If Moore's law holds until then, and starting from a gigabyte now,
it will take about 40 years before you get a machine powerful enough
to run into that limit.  And the transistors of that machine will be
smaller than protons.

I hope we'll get 128-bit machines before then.

-- Damien