Next Meeting:
Saturday, September 24th

Cogswell College
1175 Bordeaux Dr.
Sunnyvale, CA

Bring your laptop computer and wireless card to the meeting for free on-site Internet access at Cogswell!

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Starbucks Coffee, Tea, Bagels, and Pastries


Revisit Geometrical Arithmetic Parallel Processor (GAPP) - CH Ting

"I worked on GAPP arrays at Lockheed in 1980's. It looks that we can now put 1M processors on a single chip instead of 72 in the original GAPP chip. You can hold complete HDTV image frames in one chip and do real time processing. All the interprocessor connections are on chip, and do not have to be brought out to pins. I am prototyping it on an Altera Stratix II FPGA, which can hold 1000 processors. Other advance signal processing and huge matrix/linear equation problems can be solved in this chip."
GAPP info: Wikipedia
SIMD info:
Science Fair Project Encyclopedia
Parallel Processing Solves the DTV Format Conversion Problem - PDF - html


Lunch - options include: Togos, Waiters on Wheels, or bring your own


Introductions, Announcements, Rumors, Gossip, and Random Discussions

Potential topics include: SVFIG meeting schedule, October's lunch order-out options (Pizza or Armadillo Willy's via Waiters on Wheels), and speaker / topic suggestions.


Forth Day is coming in November!

Please consider giving a short presentation and suggest other potential speakers.


The Ear Training Project - Kevin Appert

Based on Glen Haydon's award-winning Apple ][ application, we'll talk about:
  • Glen's original application and his Asilomar presentation
  • Other similar applications - see EarMaster Pro
  • Implementation ideas
  • Dissemination options: selling it commercially or giving it away free to music students and teachers
Please come and give Kevin your thoughts and perhaps help him out with this project.


Panel Discussion - Kevin Appert

Recently, an attempt was made to elevate a particular result in the order in which Google presents its search results. So far, there has been no success. Do some research and bring some ideas on how to "stuff the ballot box" at Google.


Random Access Topics - All in attendance


Possible Beers and Dinner
Venues include Tied House in Mountain View.

Please register your interest for these future meeting topics:

  • Forth Success Stories - look at the ones on FIG's and FORYH, Inc.'s webpages and bring your own!
  • TI's free SPICE distribution
  • Name that antenna
  • Introduction to Linux
  • George Perry's experiences installing Linux
  • Linux installation party
  • Smart Dust
  • Math Secrets of Mosaic Industries' QED-Forth
  • Robot Parts and Pieces - vendor(s) from the 2004 RoboNexus show
  • misc8051 Forth - Charley Shattuck
  • Smart Dust
  • SVFIG meeting or meeting fragments as Webcast
  • Space-rated Forth chip
  • Forth-based mass-market appliance computers - Canon Cat and/or QX10

SVFIG welcomes everyone's participation at its monthly meetings. There are many ways to contribute:

  • bring in a hardware or software item to discuss,
  • present a topic in an area of expertise,
  • discuss a book, paper, website, new product, new application, or an article in Forthwrite, or
  • talk about a current project.

If you would like to present at an SVFIG meeting, contact Kevin Appert.

Meeting Notes

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