Saturday, December 20th
Due to the holiday closure of
Cogswell College, we will not be able to enjoy our normal meeting rooms in
Terman Engineering Center can be found
on these maps - just search for Terman:
Google map or
Searchable Stanford Campus
There is open parking on weekends. Park in
any A or C or metered space.
Take the elevator to the 5th floor. Walk
across the foyer and up the ramp just to the left of the glassed-in office.
Room 556 is at the top of the ramp - entrance on the left.
Bring something warm to wear in the
classroom as the heat will be off!
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Agenda to: George
Wireless Internet access is anticipated
(though not guaranteed) at Stanford, so bring your wi-fi enabled
Meeting Agenda for December
10:30 --- Coffee and a Chat
11:00 --- Matrix Multiplication in a
Massively Parallel Processor Array - CH Ting
"My goal is to
perform matrix multiplications of two 1000x1000 matrices. I think this can be
done very fast if I have a processor array with 1000x1000 processing elements
and sufficient memory in each element. I need suggestions on how to invert
matrices and diagonalize matrices (eigen values and eigen vectors). So far, I
have not found good ways to solve linear equation problems with a large
processor array. All available algorithms work well only in serial
Noon --- Lunch
Due to the holiday
Stanford campus closure, we may be carpooling to lunch venues on University Ave
in downtown Palo Alto.
13:30 --- Introductions, Announcements,
Rumors, and Random Access
13:45 --- SVFIG Treasurer's Report -
14:00 --- Forth Day 2008 Lessons
Learned - All in attendance
14:30 --- RoboDevelopment Conference &
Exposition Slide Show - Dave Jaffe
Dave will present a slide
show of this year's hobbyist / trade expo.
15:00 --- IntellaSys Chips - John
"I'm proposing that SVFIG buy 50-100 bare chips to resell (may
not be the proper wording for sales taxes, etc.) with enough mark-up to cover
costs of mailing. IntellaSys (CEO Chet Brown) has agreed to sell them to SVFIG
at $20 each if we agree to limit any one person to 10 or less and accept
responsibility for all support / return issues (that's why IntellaSys is
selling through distributors). This would occur in January, after the chips
have been tested."
- Kevin's comments:
"We'll discuss and decide! $20
* (50 chips) = $1000"
"I'm not sure we'd really sell
this many so if you aren't going to be at the meeting, express your interest
NOW! Let me know how many you want either by posting to the SVFIG list or
directly to me at: forther-at-comcast-dot-net "
16:00 --- Adjourn
How you can help SVFIG:
- Bring your speaker and topic suggestions
to every meeting!
- Your input for and participation in next
year's Forth Day is always welcomed.
Please register your interest for these
- Viewing of Analog by Design shows
hosted by Bob Pease - list of
- The world's second Babbage Engine is
coming to town. Maybe we can have a meeting at the Computer History Museum to
take a look.
- Review and discussion of recent postings
- Review and discussion of interesting Forth
projects and many files at the
If you have anything you'd
like to talk about for the December meeting,