ZeromMQ REQuest/REPly pattern

More zeromq testing. See also PUB/SUB.

This pattern is for a reply&request situation where one machine asks for data from another machine. The pattern enforces an exchange of messages like this:

REQuester always first sends, then receives.

REPlyer always first receives, then sends.


The one-way delay here assumes we have machines with synchronized clocks. This might be true to within 1ms or so if both machines are close to the same NTP server.

The two-way delay should be more accurate, since we subtract two time-stamps that both come from the REQuesters system clock. Much better performance can probably be achieved by switching to C or C++.



Matrix determinant with Boost::uBLAS

Boost uBLAS provides BLAS functionality, but doesn't have a function for computing the determinant of a matrix. Googling for this turns up a few code snippets, but it's best to document this completely here now since I got it to work, and it will be useful for opencamlib sooner or later.

I'm trying the WP-syntax plugin here for the first time. The include statements are garbled, but otherwise it seems to work.

download source: utst1.cpp

This compiles on Lucid Lynx with the following CMakeLists.txt:


Composite cutters for ocl

People who, unlike me, actually know something about programming often talk about design patterns. One common idea is to compose objects out of other objects.

I was able to add four new APT-tool like cutter classes to ocl with about 5-lines of code for each cutter (sans the bugfixing, taking much longer, that also took place simultaneously 🙂 ).

These show CL-points resulting from the vertexDrop() function, which results in a shape that looks like the cutter, but inverted.

Other combinations of the basic shapes (cylinder, sphere, torus, cone) are fairly easy to add now also if someone actually needs them.