zafena development

August 29, 2008

Processing; a lightweight Java IDE targeted for creation of interactive computer art can now be run on embedded ARM hardware thanks to the Icedtea, Cacao, Classpath and OpenJDK projects!

Check out the full Processing IDE is running below on a embedded Fedora 8 ARM Linux system ! It is running using OpenJDK6 with CACAO vm, compiled using the classpath bootstrapped Icedtea buildsystem. The ARM hardware is a ATMEL AT91SAM9263-EK devkit with a 200mhz ARMv5tejl cpu and 64Mb ram.

Good news for embedded ARM users; The Debian armel port for ARM are now shipping prebuilt openjdk packages that can be installed by simply running:

apt-get install openjdk-6-jdk

OpenJDK using the CACAO JIT can also be obtained from the experimental (sid) repositorys and be installed by running:

apt-get install cacao-oj6-jdk

I look forward to see all the possibilities with interactive art created by using embedded ARM hardware, Linux, OpenJDK and Processing!

Ps. the ARM cpu is the same kind of cpu found in most cellphones including the iPhone!

Cheers!

Xerxes Rånby

August 21, 2008

OpenJDK6 got sucessfully compiled using CACAO JIT jvm for ARMv5tejl EABI softfloat using the Icedtea6 buildsystem! This compile was made using mercurial sources, Icedtea6 changeset: 1013:a469b20018d9 and CACAO changeset: 8656:140bc48ab360.

Icedtea is served!

java version "1.6.0_0"
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_0-b11)
CACAO (build 1.1.0pre, JIT mode)

The footprint of the compiled CACAO/OpenJDK6 j2re-image is 84mb.
I look forward to the next CACAO release "1.0.0" and expect it to be a smasher for embedded ARM java developement! The release fixes some rather tricky bugs PR84 and PR99 found in CACAO 0.99.3 that could trigger sporadic crashes during the OpenJDK class compilation and when running java programs on ARM systems.

Some output from the running jvm.
For some reason red and blue gets swapped when running on my ARM displays framebuffer, red and blue looks fine if i run applications remote using "ssh -X".

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Voxel speedtest.

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