[oshug-announce] OSHUG #8 - Performance (MilkyMist), Thurs 10th March.

Andrew Back andrew at osmosoft.com
Tue Feb 15 21:52:50 UTC 2011


Firstly, we would like to thank everyone who came along to OSHUG #7 last
week, and to also thank BBC Learning Development for very kindly hosting us
and for arranging two of the speakers. Those who would have liked to make it
along but for whatever reason couldn't may be interested to know that all
three speakers were interviewed for Outriders on Radio 5:


There are also now a few photographs posted Flickr: 



Event #8 — Performance (MilkyMist)

On the 10th March 2011, 18:00 - 19:30 at Osmosoft, 1a Broadway Street,
London, SW1H 0AY, UK.


It stands to reason that hardware which is open to being studied, modified
and improved would be well suited to performance environments, and just as
F/OSS has proved popular in support of creative practices so is OSHW
similarly gaining favour. With designs ranging from simple electronic
instruments that make for an ideal first electronics project to vastly more
complex processing and synthesis devices.

At the eighth OSHUG meeting we'll be hearing about the Milkymist™ project
which "develops a comprehensive open source solution for the live synthesis
of interactive visual effects for VJs (video performance artists)".

 MilkyMist - An FPGA-based open-hardware video synthesis platform

The MilkyMist project develops a stand-alone device in a small form factor
that is capable of rendering MilkDrop-esque visuals effects in real time,
with a high level of interaction with many sensors and using live audio and
video streams as a base. The flexibility of the FPGA used as a central
component enables advanced users to modify the design, and also permits
compact integration of many interfaces (Ethernet, OSC, MIDI, DMX512, video
inputs, GPIO, VGA output, USB, Irda ...), making Milkymist™ a platform of
choice for the mobile VJ. But Milkymist™ is more than a visual synthesizer -
it is also one of the leading open source system-on-chip designs. It is
today the fastest open source system-on-chip capable of running Linux, and
it comes with an extensive set of features and graphics accelerators. The IP
cores that make up the system-on-chip are entirely written in open source
synthesizable Verilog HDL and come with test benches and documentation,
which makes Milkymist™ a great library of re-usable logic cores to serve as
a base for other open source hardware.

Yann Sionneau is a twenty two year old Frenchman and soon to be graduated
from the telecommunication and networking engineering school Télécom
SudParis. His current interests in the main are low level software
development, FPGA design, embedded systems and networks. He read his first C
language book when he was 12 and fell in love with the language. He met
Sebastien Bourdeauducq (aka lekernel), leader of the Milkymist project, in
2008 while doing whilst an intern at a startup co-founded by Sebastien. He
ported RTEMS to Milkymist as part of the Google Summer of Code 2010 program
and has been following the project for some time.

Note: Please aim to arrive for 18:00 - 18:15 as the event will start at
18:30 prompt.


Andrew Back
mailto:andrew at osmosoft.com

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