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    SubjectRe: porting linux to DSP
    On Tue, Jul 27, 1999 at 03:59:21AM +0200, Ingo Oeser mentioned:
    > On Tue, 27 Jul 1999, Steve Underwood wrote:
    > > Real time OSes do exist for some DSPs (e.g. SPOX), but they are _very_ much
    > > specialist DSP OSes, and they ain't too pretty.
    > But using a ("normal") workstation (even low end class) as a host
    > for a DSP might be a solution. You can run Linux there to do all
    > the OS stuff and just do "number-crunching" stuff and may be some
    > little scheduling or ISRs at the DSP.
    > This seems a reasonable solution to me, and there is some work in
    > progress to allow linux users to take advantage of these external
    > processing services a DSP offers.

    I always thought that an open source "Geek Card", with decent OS support
    would rock. Give the gimp access to a PCI card with 32MB of RAM, an FPGA
    and a decent DSP, and it would fly...imagine plugins that load a gate
    description for accelerating dithering to the FPGA, and then DMAs an image
    to it. While it's there, you could be using it for seti@home, bzip2,
    whatever has been written to use it...hmm ?

    No need to port Linux to a DSP, to make advantage of it...just provide a
    half decent API for it...


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