New Breakthrough Brings Matrix Multiplication Closer to Ideal

Computer scientists are a demanding bunch. For them, it’s not enough to get the right answer to a problem — the goal, almost always, is to get the answer as efficiently as possible. Take the act of multiplying matrices, or arrays of numbers. In 1812, the French mathematician Jacques Philippe Marie Binet came up with the basic set of rules we still teach students. It works perfectly well...


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