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by gritz
Tue Apr 23, 2013 2:54 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Replies: 156
Views: 46106

Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GPGPU You could say that about base jumping, kite surfing and extreme ironing but some people enjoy it as a hobby - and it has health benefits (if you don't hurt yourself). Why the negativity? I'm not being negative about Parallella in particular - it's just that I've s...
by gritz
Tue Apr 23, 2013 2:04 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Replies: 156
Views: 46106

Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone

but if Parallella's proprietary (if open) way of attacking the problem doesn't relate to some kind of future standard, but instead becomes another dead end then all the time spent learning their particular framework will be wasted. Not necessarily proprietary, see OpenCL Consider that research work...
by gritz
Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:52 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Replies: 156
Views: 46106

Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone

When this board is as old as the Pi is now I expect people will be looking at it differently. A year in the wild? That's no time at all. By the time that happens all the tech blogs will have gotten bored and moved onto the next piece of vapour. We'll be lucky to even see one of those excreble and p...
by gritz
Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:06 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Replies: 156
Views: 46106

Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone

I like the idea of it - but I'm scared of it too. Didn't stop me signing up to for an invitation to buy one though. Will probably be a late adopter - I'll wait for the clever folk to figure out how to use it first. I think the next Raspberry computer should be like the Parallella but with a Raspber...
by gritz
Tue Apr 23, 2013 11:07 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Replies: 156
Views: 46106

Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone

...and that's a reason parallelism should be taught early ;) ... and then married men wouldn't be able to excuse themselves for not finishing jobs to other halves because we are intrinsically bad at multi-tasking. I've often argued that multi-tasking is the art of never actually doing anything prop...
by gritz
Mon Apr 22, 2013 11:59 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Replies: 156
Views: 46106

Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone

Carbon nanotubes man - thats the future. Don't forget quantum bits! I read last week about a new fabrication process that creates sheets of germanium hydride one molecule thick (a bit like graphene) and the engineers are optimistic about speed increases compared to silicon. My only worry about all ...
by gritz
Mon Apr 22, 2013 11:16 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Replies: 156
Views: 46106

Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone

Woah - hold the front page - FPGA?! Is that for configuring the layout of the many cores? Nope - it an extra goodie : http://www.parallella.org/board/ ooh lummie :lol: The FPDA looks like an integral part of the architecture from here, rather than a discrete resource that's waiting to be given some...
by gritz
Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:36 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Replies: 156
Views: 46106

Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone

But the parallel processor will prove to be highly successful. Nobody has ever made parallel processing available to the masses before -- it's not easy to get access to the few parallel processors out there that have low-latency communication between processors. When you throw new technology out to...
by gritz
Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:58 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Replies: 156
Views: 46106

Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone

I really find it hard to find a compelling "Raspberry Pi competitor". There are loads of machines which are faster, some of which are almost as cheap. However, there's nothing which has anything *close* to the Pi's user-base or developer-base. As far as Parallella is concerned - it's just another p...
by gritz
Mon Apr 22, 2013 5:51 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Bl**dy Micro$oft, Bl**dy Windoze.....
Replies: 42
Views: 5319

Re: Bl**dy Micro$oft, Bl**dy Windoze.....

I wish the printing on modern electronic components was that big. :)

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by gritz
Sun Apr 21, 2013 8:34 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Replies: 156
Views: 46106

Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone

I am most skeptical about the software. You can't "just" take video encode/decode and distribute it over 64 cores. The BCM2835 has many hundreds of years in SW in it. They will need a company with 60 top engineers running for eight years to get near what we have. Gert made the assertion that RPi is...
by gritz
Sun Apr 21, 2013 7:33 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Future of the RPi
Replies: 18
Views: 3395

Re: Future of the RPi

It is still early days. ;) Yep, contrary to popular belief, the world of computing moves awfully slowly! ;) If - thirty-plus years ago when I was sat in a classroom being bored rigid by a ZX81 - someone had suggested that in 2013 people would still be arguing the merits of BASIC and entering arcane...
by gritz
Sun Apr 21, 2013 5:42 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Future of the RPi
Replies: 18
Views: 3395

Re: Future of the RPi

What I would like to see the Foundation develop (in their copious free time--Ha!) or find some other group to develop, would be a "companion" system to take certain loads off Pis in groups. What I think of it is as a server to go with Pis as clients. Such a server should have (1) true mass storage ...
by gritz
Sun Apr 21, 2013 4:14 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: RPi not suitable as a media center [Solved]
Replies: 46
Views: 29414

Re: RPi not suitable as a media center [Solved]

Bit snarky for a mod.
by gritz
Sat Apr 20, 2013 11:33 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Future of the RPi
Replies: 18
Views: 3395

Re: Future of the RPi

That's why I asked politely in an off-topic area of the forum! I don't want to mess with a good thing! :) Will the Pi see more updates? Will it always be there and fill the space of the least expensive development platform for embedded Linux? James. :) I certainly hope it will "always be there" - t...
by gritz
Sat Apr 20, 2013 10:28 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Future of the RPi
Replies: 18
Views: 3395

Re: Future of the RPi

Would anyone think it was in poor taste or inappropriate to discuss the development of the dual or quad core ARM processors or PicUntu on this forum? James. :) Your namesake-in-green (a certain moderator of this parish) will probably have a purple fit when he sees this! ;) I can sort of see his poi...
by gritz
Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:58 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Buying Raspberry Pi things with Bitcoin
Replies: 21
Views: 5752

Re: Buying Raspberry Pi things with Bitcoin

mikerr wrote:Now if ebay moved to bitcoin - imagine that....
Scammers Paradise + Ponzi scheme currency = mutual annihilation.

It would make the Large Hadron Collider look like a peashooter.
by gritz
Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:53 am
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: RPi and real-time, low-latency audio
Replies: 189
Views: 77298

Re: RPi and real-time, low-latency audio

Thanks for the reply AutoStatic - I really should give guitarix a try, but I'm currently weaning myself back on to pedals and the whole analogue thing! Hmmm, convolution... now where's that "acoustic guitar body" response I have somewhere... :o Hats off to you sir, you've been something of a pioneer...
by gritz
Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:56 am
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: RPi and real-time, low-latency audio
Replies: 189
Views: 77298

Re: RPi and real-time, low-latency audio

Good stuff! Eight milliseconds isn't too shabby at all and the spring reverb in particular caught my ear.

Is the audio interface handling the MIDI in?
by gritz
Thu Apr 11, 2013 2:00 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Reducing power consumption
Replies: 11
Views: 25638

Re: Reducing power consumption

So if according to frenetic rapport a model B doing a stress test uses 352mA, why are people being advised to buy 1,000 or 1,500 mA PSUs ? Cheers, J/. Hi John: remember that the PSU has to power not only the Pi, but anything that is plugged into the Pi's USB port(s) too. While a keyboard and mouse ...
by gritz
Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:18 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Windows 3.1/95
Replies: 49
Views: 7020

Re: Windows 3.1/95

johnbeetem wrote:
The Russians put our camera made by our German scientists and your film made by your German scientists into their satellite made by their German scientists.
Indeed. If my lot had won the war there would be none of this bickering - and the buses would run on time. ;)
by gritz
Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:32 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Windows 3.1/95
Replies: 49
Views: 7020

Re: Windows 3.1/95

The problem at the root of the Ki/K debate is the default standard human hand with five digits rather than four. A solution to this is to amputate everyone's thumb, preferably at birth. I think I'll start a Kickstarter for this And you could sell the surplus digits to supermarkets for use in their ...
by gritz
Wed Apr 10, 2013 6:31 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Windows 3.1/95
Replies: 49
Views: 7020

Re: Windows 3.1/95

Americans are like teenagers. They think they invented everything.

Well, some of them certainly do, anyway.
by gritz
Wed Apr 10, 2013 4:34 am
Forum: Other
Topic: Windows CE [obsolete]
Replies: 147
Views: 106717

Re: Windows CE

Such has always been the compromise between backwards compatibility / legacy support and taking advantage of technological advancement / embracing cultural change. It's impossible to do both, but when I saw Windows 8 customer preview I thought it was all some kind of elaborate joke... I suppose that...
by gritz
Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:35 am
Forum: Other
Topic: Windows CE [obsolete]
Replies: 147
Views: 106717

Re: Windows CE

...you want win32 on raspberry pi, and I feel it is a bad idea, at the rate things are going, soon mac and linux will be the top leaders, not windows. That depends entirely on the external hardware you want to use and the software that you wish to run. Pretty much everything here is Mac friendly as...

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