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The Semmelweis Paradox

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Reiner Hartenstein, TUK, TU Kaiserslautern, February 28, 2017

Voltaire said: “It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong”. The Semmelweis reflex explains why it might take years or decades until the Xputer paradigm will be considered common knowledge worldwide. The ‘Semmelweis effect’ reminds us to the reflex-like tendency to reject new evidence or new knowledge because it contradicts not only established beliefs or paradigms. Reminding us how dangerous so-called experts could be, this may also be called ‘Galileo reflex’. [Charles Lyell: click here]

The "ACM Rebooting Effect" is a kind of 'Semmelweis Paradox': an area runnning highly successful although being massively banned by presidents and directors of professional organizations. This happened to the area of reconfigurable computing during more than 30 years (click here), meanwhile supported by more than 350 international series of annual conferences and workshops (click here) and by many thousands of different books (here).

The ‘Semmelweis effect’ explains why after decades the Xputer paradigm is not yet considered as important common knowledge world-wide. "Diffamiert": (H. Zankl (in german)) Having received more than 50 invitations to give keynote addresses (click here) did not help to cope with the Semmelweis effect. Nor did other awards (click here).       ►images◄

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Based on the Xputer paradigm we obtained a speed-up factor of 15.000 more then 10 years earlier than the RC speed-up competition. For details see here or references [11] - [42] in our WRCE-2006 paperAlso see slide no. 10 of the PATMOS 25th Anniversary Paper.