Archive for the Chapel Category

It’s all a matter of timing

Posted in FORTH is it dead or isn't it?, Erlang, Chapel, Parallella, Elixir on June 24, 2017 by asteriondaedalus

So, phew!

I re-bombed parabuntu onto the SD card.

What the problem was earlier was the security key had changed but I was forgetting to say YES to option for saving the new key (I had quite a lot of red wine last night so don’t be so hard on me 😉 )

When I powered up the Parallella again, I wasted no time and jumped in with:

sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces.d/eth0

---- inside of nano ---

auto eth0
iface eth0 inet static
address // your parallella IP here
netmask // your netmask here
gateway // your gateway address here
dns-nameservers x.x.x.x //your dns server list here

--- exit and save ---

sudo reboot

Happily now running on the static IP set … phew!

Now to work.

Target environments will be erlang/elixir and chapel.  Yet, ePython for poking around.

I am reading back into my threaded interpretive days to look at a minimal FORTH runtime to run on the Epiphany.  There has been chatter on the parallella groups about J1, but that is a HDL (read FPGA) FORTH.  I think many people chattering haven’t worked in FORTH so much of the chatter is unproductive.  I am thinking a GForth running on the ARM side that assembles, rather than cross compiles, to a hand built threaded interpreter on the matrix.  I am not sure how feasible that all is but it will be  a good instrument for learning the nuts’n’bolts of Epiphany.

Many lessons can come from the struggle, yes?

This, idea is no more or less I worked on during a project, in Canada, where I noted the DSP software the team was using was already using a threaded processing chain.  The idea then of control loops and conditional inside of that was a soft sell.

So, in FORTHeze no outer interpreter running on the Epiphany.


It has just occured to me …

Posted in Parallel Talk, Erlang, ConCurrency, ODROID-C1, Chapel, Parallella on May 19, 2017 by asteriondaedalus

… what a coincidence.

The Parallella and the Odroid-C1 PCB are same size (almost).  Is that Feng Shui, synchronicity or serendipity?

Pity the post holes don’t line up.

Tax return is in

Posted in Chapel, ODROID is wonderful, ODROID-C1, ODROID-XU4, Parallel Talk on April 30, 2017 by asteriondaedalus

Well late really, last two years after tax department started writing letters.

Serve them right as I got a quite hefty lump sum out of it.

So, after agonising over what to do about GPU based system, I decided I am only dabbling so I opted to simply get an ODROID-XU4 so that I can at least run OpenCL under Python.

Mind you, after toying with Chapel on my quad-core Odriod C1, I will be interested in the Octa-Core Xu4.  I did splurge and get an 32GB eMMC 5.0 with Linux.

I went this way as even now the Jetson TK1 is available (as its now obsolete) in Australia, I am rather more interested now in Chapel.   Not to mention that Chapel appears to be a better approach than Cuda.  That is the appeal, you can take your Chapel code and just change the underlying engine.

So, my cluster will be one ODROID-XU4 and four ODROID-C1.  So, 24 cores all up (not taking the general purpose GPU on the XU4 into account).

Oh, and the 18 cores the Parallella adds.  You do know there is an Erlang for the Parralella don’t you?

I am in parallel programming heaven.

The thing that makes it all possible is the 9 port POE switch and a gaggle of active POE splitters (48V down to 5V) – you don’t need n-power packs on your wall.

Don’t forget TTY+ (MPutty) or some other multiple session tool.

Built into the guts of an old game PC case my mate gave me, so the wife will never know.

If I need more grunt a NVDIA card maybe later, in an 8-core PC, maybe.

However, PhD submission draft this weekend so dabbling is all that I will have time for.