Optimizing Conway’s ‘Game of Life’

I am going to quote my answer from the other question, because the chapters I mention have some very interesting and fine-tuned solutions. Some of the implementation details are in c and/or assembly, yes, but for the most part the algorithms can work in any language:

Chapters 17 and 18 of
Michael Abrash’s Graphics
Programmer’s Black Book are one of
the most interesting reads I have ever
had. It is a lesson in thinking
outside the box. The whole book is
great really, but the final optimized
solutions to the Game of Life are
incredible bits of programming.

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