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eisbaer



Joined: 25 Nov 2012
Posts: 8
@tthsqe: sounds interesting
can you please provide a download-link to a windows binary
Post 26 Jul 2016, 10:21
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JohnFound



Joined: 16 Jun 2003
Posts: 3438
Location: Bulgaria
Post 26 Jul 2016, 10:27
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tthsqe



Joined: 20 May 2009
Posts: 699
Thanks JohnFound and Haha. I will add the sys_exit_group and some acknowledgments to the linux routines.
Post 26 Jul 2016, 15:50
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tthsqe



Joined: 20 May 2009
Posts: 699
redsock, it is now a windows/linux project and I have done some profiling of the code.

Code:
call counts from PROFILE=1 and bench:
Move_GivesCheck:      61810252
See:                  23095277
MainHash_Probe:       22442229
Move_IsLegal:         22000335
Move_Do:              20584032
MainHash_Save:        19144164
QSearch_NONPV_FALSE:  10784787
Search_NONPV:         9520774
Move_IsPseudoLegal:   4339120
QSearch_NONPV_TRUE:   2062216
Move_DoNull:          1078284
Search_PV:            75496
QSearch_PV_FALSE:     26089
QSearch_PV_TRUE:      5226
Search_ROOT:          1714


It also needs a better malloc/free. malloc/free are only used when the syzygypath is set can't be called more than a couple hundred times through out the lifetime of the process. Hence it would be nice to have a simple and space efficient malloc/free since speed is not critical here. The current implementation wastes space on small sizes.

Code:
; todo: malloc and free need a little work after profiling to see what sizes are common
;  for now, we just call _VirtualAlloc on size+16 and store the size in the first qword
;     of the returned page(s).

malloc:         add   rcx16
               push   rcx
               call   _VirtualAlloc
                pop   rcx
                mov   qword[rax], rcx
                add   rax16
                ret

free:           sub   rcx16
                 js   @f
                mov   rdxqword[rcx]
                jmp   _VirtualFree
        @@:     ret

Post 28 Jul 2016, 19:51
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redsock



Joined: 09 Oct 2009
Posts: 263
Location: Australia
Heya,

My version-of-choice malloc/free are located in my library of course, but also as HTML at https://2ton.com.au/library_as_html/heap.inc.html. Specifically, the heap$alloc and heap$free routines (as well as the mandatory heap$init that runs once at program startup).

One-size fits all (as indicated in my comments in the library) has never really suited me, ptmalloc/malloc/etc do indeed cater for general purpose allocation, but most of the production code I have ever written or worked on has very specific needs and bin-based allocation is a better choice. YMMV. Smile
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lantonov



Joined: 08 Jan 2017
Posts: 2
New asmFish site: https://github.com/lantonov/asmFish
tthsqe left this project in the beginning of November last year and deleted everything in his GitHub account. I had saved the last copy of his files on my HD and decided to continue with the updates.
The new GitHub of asmFish is https://github.com/lantonov/asmFish
Presently, asmFish continues to be the strongest chess entity in the world (said without any exaggeration).
It would be great if this nice project receives help from true assembly programmers. I am not a programmer and it is hard for me to keep up with the Stockfish updates. Sad


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Post 08 Jan 2017, 18:25
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lantonov



Joined: 08 Jan 2017
Posts: 2
If you allow me, I can propose an idea which may be trivial to a person with an assembly programming background.
In this forum, I saw an assembly neural network program Neural64:
https://board.flatassembler.net/topic.php?t=6020
which seems to be versatile enough. In spite of its name, it can work also on 32-bit CPU, albeit more slowly.
Coupling Neural64 (or some other, more recent, AI software) with asmFish would create a chess monster who learns and becomes stronger the more it plays. At present, the main stumbling block in computer chess development is the tuning of parameters for evaluation functions. Automating this process will cause a revolution in CC.
Post 09 Jan 2017, 07:56
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