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Quiet… Building

Thursday, February 9th, 2006 at 4:53 pm Written by:

Lots of behind the scenes working going on with the Adaptive Roughing online. We’ve finally cracked the problem of getting data back from the server without reloading the webpage. (It’s outlined in this page.) This enables us to implement the “View Max” function on an STL file. That and the all important “View Length of Toolpath Calculated So Far”. You should be able to see the fruits of this in a day or so.

Meanwhile, I got to get back to some tedious scallop work. No sooner does it start producing results not entirely full of glitches, it needs to go faster. There’s a good tool called AMD Code Analyst which works really well if your PC has an AMD processor, which mind doesn’t. However, our friends in Copenhagen have got one and have identified four lines of code which takes up 50% of the time.

This is the point where you choose how to optimize things. Either rewrite those few commands to make it run a few percent faster, or find out a way to avoid them being called several trillion times per minute. As they are searching for the horizontal gap between two vertical fibres of varying length in an unordered dynamic list, there’s a good chance it can be done if I put my mind to it. Which I haven’t yet. Probably it’s going to be this weekend’s work since all we’ve reserved for doing is to go out looking for the famous Formby footprints further up the coast.

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