The confusion between parallelism and concurrency in computer programming is a pet-hate of mine. This post is a review of some articles that make this distinction clear.
My Grado SR-80's where in the shop for a couple of weeks. The foam pads had warn down to an approximation of nothing and the cable had a fault that cased the left channel to cut out sometimes. but now I have them back!
Last weekend Liz's Choir performed Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikardo. It really good and I enjoyed it, it did help that it had a plot and was in English. I also bumped into some friends in the audience which was cool.
A friend asked on his blog why
gpg —gen-random warns the user: "PLEASE, don’t use this command unless you know what you are doing; it may remove precious entropy from the system!". Below is my essay-like response. It has been edited and posted here as it may help others understand how random number generation and entropy work in a computer system.
I have not written for a while, mainly because I have been trying to convert from a Masters degree to a Ph.D. degree, which is the topic of this article. This might sound strange but that is the normal way of entering a Computer Science Ph.D. course at Melbourne Uni if you do not already have a Masters.
I begun this process in mid May but have been working (or at least looking) towards it since February. So far, as of the 12th of July it is still not complete, even though I thought it was and told Twitter and Facebook that it was. What follows is a blow-by-blow summary of this process.
Today there was a lot of wind that I didn't notice because I was in my office without windows in my comfy office building. At this time a tree decided it had had enough and attempted to attack our house. It very nearly took out the power. As of this writing I'm waiting at home for the SES to come and remove it. Photos are below.
Just for fun, here are some photos of some things around the csse.unimelb.edu.au offices.
Since the last 'Left vs Right Recursion' article work stealing has been implemented in the Mercury runtime. In this new implementation the --max-contexts-per-thread runtime option is no longer obeyed (bug #144), therefore deeply right-recursive parallel code will run out of memory.
We've implemented a simple transformation in the runtime: All recursive conjuncts in a independent parallel conjunction are ordered as early is possible. This turns right recursion in parallel conjunctions into left recursion wherever possible. Then we noticed the following results for parallelising the ray-tracer.
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