[chuck-users] serial communication and chuck

Jordan Orelli jordanorelli at gmail.com
Mon Mar 5 14:54:10 EST 2012

wait a second... can ChucK just read from /dev/ttyUSB directly?  I don't know how the /dev files operate, but maybe what we're saying is a really roundabout way of just mounting the arduino as a TTY like in the article I linked and having ChucK read from the device file.  I don't have an arduino to try it out, but... it's worth trying if anyone wants to give it a whirl ;)

On Mar 5, 2012, at 2:35 PM, Kassen wrote:

> On Mon, Mar 05, 2012 at 01:23:17PM -0500, Jordan Orelli wrote:
>> The arduino can't mount the file system of the ChucK host, so you'd still need an intermediate process to read the data from the arduino and write it into the pipe,
> Ah, sorry. I was under the impression that the Arduino would, on its
> own, put arbitrary data on its output, while fairly unaware of what
> kind of device (a PC or some sort of machine or...) the other side
> was. Maybe that was wrong.
>> There's a concern about fifos being synchronous by default and that a writer with a higher throughput than the ChucK process on the reading side would become blocked, which I can see not really jiving with ChucK's timing guaranteed.
> I'm not sure this is a issue in practice, because ChucK could read all
> available data from the file once every few ms or so. Serial ports 
> are hardly devices known for putting through terabytes of data.
> It does bring up the question of how ChucKs definitions of timing may
> interact with actual processes that run "as quickly as they can". As I
> see it that interaction is something that hasn't yet been explored in
> as much depth as would IMHO be nice. Clearly we run into exactly that
> when playing back sound or listening to the ADC and that's also the
> case where we have some advanced syntax, being "samp => now;". No such
> syntax is there to wait for a serial or MIDI port to clear its cue or
> to interact with a hard-drive. ChucK can tell us how quickly the dac
> can deal with 10 samples in double-float precision, but it can't tell 
> us how quickly we can read 10MB from the drive or write the same to it.
> On the bright side; with a set baud rate a serial port becomes a lot
> like a dac in that we know exactly how much data we can expect, so
> dealing with that is a lot more like what we already have than the
> wide variety of drives that can be expected to potentially be attached
> to computers running ChucK.
> Interesting problem.
> Kas.
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