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The story of a man and his music

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By far the most amazing Parallella hobby project to date has been together by Patrick Cazeles from France! Patrick has put together a miniaturized “super hi-fi” jukebox. The box on the top is Patrick’s Parallella work, the box on the bottom in the picture is his old digital power amplifier. I had the pleasure of meeting Patrick at the last Parallella…

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New Game of Life and PI Parallella projects

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The Parallella examples github repository is growing! We are now up to over 30 user contributed examples, all open source and ready to use. If you are ready to get started with Parallella, this is definitely the place to start! If you have some interesting code to share, please consider adding to the repository. The latest two examples were contributed by…

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Parallella flies with NASA

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Researchers Rozier, Schumann, and Ippolito at NASA Ames Research Center has published an impressive report showing the use of the Parallella for on board health management of the Dragon Flye UAS. It’s not Mars, but it’s a good start! One way or another, I am going to make sure that Parallella makes it into space. ARTICLE: Intelligent Hardware-Enabled Sensor and Software Safety and Health…

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Creating an FPGA accelerator in 15 minutes

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The best kept secret of the Parallella board is probably that it includes a very capable FPGA from Xilinx.  Until now, the FPGA has not seen significant use due to the big time investment needed to get started. I have created a small “hello world” toy example targeted for anyone interested in hardware design. The simple design includes a 32 bit adder accessible as…

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Parallella Porcupine Projects

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The Parallella Porcupine is now selling like hot cakes at Digi-Key, which begs the question: What is everyone doing with it???? So far, the coolest thing we have seen is this monster wiring hack (and of course I mean that in a good way) for connecting the north and south Epiphany links together (in lieu of commercial cables). Please tell…

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Fall 2015 Parallella conference presentations

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Here are some Parallella related presentations from last month. Slide deck sources (Markdown) can be found HERE. HOTCHIPS Presentation: Implementing Software Defined Radio with Parallella Video: YES DARPA, Wait, What? Presentation: The Power of Openness Video: YES IEEE High Performance Extreme Computing Conference (HPEC):  Presentation: “Kickstarting Parallel Computing” Open Source Hardware Summit: Presentation: “Open Source Chip Design” Video: YES

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Creating slides from simple Markdown text

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Over the last seven years I have had to prepare 100’s (yes 100’s!!) of slide decks for investors, conferences, customers, etc. I have gone back and forth between PowerPoint and LibreOffice but no matter what I did the result was always the same: I hated every minute spent fiddling around with these WYSIWYG tools The results were generally poor (tightly coupled…

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GCC Explorer: An interactive compiler that runs in your browser

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Anyone with interest in assembly level programming should definitely check out the awesome real time open source assembly inspection tool developed by Matt Godbolt called gcc explorer. The tool runs in your browser and lets you inspect assembly code output as you write! Compared to hacking around with the command line terminal and objdump this is an amazing productivity boost! The…

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