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atLiquidr

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ARM/Embedded Support? Or Pipe Dream?
« on: March 07, 2015, 01:40:17 AM »
Does this software run on an ARM architecture?
Is it realistic for it to run in an embedded environment?

For example, the NVidia TK1:
http://www.nvidia.com/object/jetson-tk1-embedded-dev-kit.html

Runs Ubuntu 14+.

Has:
NVIDIA Kepler GPU with 192 CUDA cores
NVIDIA 4-Plus-1™ quad-core ARM® Cortex-A15 CPU
2 GB of RAM

Taking 1080p photos, atm.
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1920x1080, 96 dpi, 24 bit depth

Thank you.
« Last Edit: March 10, 2015, 07:50:07 PM by atLiquidr »

nfguide

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Re: ARM/Embedded Support? Or Pipe Dream?
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2015, 10:20:57 AM »
If it did/when it does, that will open up NEW possibilities!!!

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Re: ARM/Embedded Support? Or Pipe Dream?
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2015, 11:13:23 AM »
What would be the advantage?

Also, Photoscan needs a lot of RAM, and these devices generally don't have more than 4GB?

atLiquidr

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Re: ARM/Embedded Support? Or Pipe Dream?
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2015, 07:55:01 PM »
Main advantage for general purpose use would be for robots to use this for something. I'm sure the applications are wide open.

I have a very specific application in mind:
Estimate shape and size of a boat and distance to the boat from our ocean going drone. (or iceberg or whale or whatever)

I guess the question is, if it ran on the embedded hardware, would it give us a practical estimate of those?

Or would it run out of RAM or take too much CPU time (aka too much power) to give a useful estimation?

IF, the biggest if perhaps, could we even capture the object of interest in the first place? lol

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Also, when out of cell/high speed internet range, we only have very slow satellite speeds available.
So sending back a matrix of the shape is much more compact and can be sent over such a medium, where as even thumbnails (10KiB) can take a long time to reach shore and are expensive.
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nfguide

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Re: ARM/Embedded Support? Or Pipe Dream?
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2015, 07:56:59 PM »
Mapping in remote locations wherein the map is complete when the UAV has completed the mission.

The boards are low cost/low power, build a cluster, fly it, completed at end of mission.

dtmcnamara

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Re: ARM/Embedded Support? Or Pipe Dream?
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2015, 05:40:07 AM »
This is a possibility, but due to the fact that most embedded setups have no more than 4GB of RAM  and the CPU clock speeds are so low you will be waiting DAYS/WEEKS for your results. As it is with my current setup:

4.5ghz 6-core CPU
128GB RAM
2 x GTX780 GPUs
Samsung PRO 850 SSD

It takes close to a day to build a model with 900 photos.

atLiquidr

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Re: ARM/Embedded Support? Or Pipe Dream?
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2015, 06:38:23 PM »
But what about 10 photos at 1080p, 96 dpi, 24 bit depth?

Would that result in any sort of comprehensible model or will it be gibberish?

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Re: ARM/Embedded Support? Or Pipe Dream?
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2015, 08:00:01 PM »
Best way to test would be to download the trial and install it on an older laptop and see how long it takes.