Due to the outbreak of the Swine Flu, my trip to Mexico was cancelled. I enjoyed all the cultural training that I received for Mexico and hope that in the future I will go there. But for now I am in Niteroi Brasil doing research at UFF.
The university is divided into several campuses that specialize in certain majors. The computer science department has many research projects that deal with GPU programming or Graphics Processing Unit.GPU's are very powerful parrallel processors and operate without any performance hit on the main processor. By using GPU's you can do powerful computing that does not heavily tax the main processor.
One of the projects they are doing with it is helping Petrobras locate oil on the ocean floor. Right now 5 seconds of data takes a week to number crunch, with GPU programming they are trying to make it real time for the calculations.
Another project that I am very knowledgable at is the Reactable. This device senses finger touch and plexi symbols to add interactive computing that changes with the display table. An example of one is below.
They are building a small prototype and then a larger table for the university to use, working closely with Erick and Andre I will help them complete this table and create some programs for sound application using Processing and Pure Data. My experience with Pure Data and Processing was gained through the ACM club of FIU and HackMiami.org.
My work on the Kaseya project is going well, we will be using the AutoIT and Visual Basic Script to create a preconfig checklist and automated install. I will write more on this in the next entry.