[PD] Running Pd on a tiny (and cheap) computer

Hans-Christoph Steiner hans at at.or.at
Tue Jan 10 22:37:00 CET 2012

On Jan 8, 2012, at 9:14 AM, katja wrote:

> On Sun, Jan 8, 2012 at 2:24 AM, Pierre Massat <pimassat at gmail.com> wrote:
>> There's also the Dream Plug
>> (http://www.plugcomputer.org/development-kits/dreamplug.html), which has a
>> faster (though totally unknown to me) CPU.
> According to the processor documentation it is ARMv5TE-compliant, and
> there's also a Dream Plug with ARMv5 mentioned on:
> http://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox/TargetedHardware
> It is not the newest generation of ARM, so it would not be comparable
> to a recent tablet.
> This page discusses performance comparisons of ARM versus x86:
> http://vanshardware.com/2010/08/mirror-the-coming-war-arm-versus-x86/
> ARM seems to perform slow with floating point, and Pd is all floating
> point. An Atom based computer might be better for Pd. I have no
> experience with ARM, but of Atom-based netbooks I know (also from
> experience) that Pd performs reasonably well under Debian. Roughly
> three times slower than a laptop, I would say.

All of the big smartphones and tablets use ARM chips that have floating point units that are decent.  There is also the pd-anywhere integer-only port of Pd.  It is usable on 200Mhz integer-only ARMs.



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