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To All,
I have done some additional research into the possibility of utilizing
Python for hard real time development. I have seen on various websites
where this has been discussed before on the internet. However, I was
wondering as to how successful anyone has truly been in developing a
program project either in windows or in Linux that was or extremely
close to real time constraints? For example is it possible to develop a
python program that can address an interrupt or execute an operation
within 70 Hz or less?? Are there any additional considerations that I
should investigate first regarding this matter??
Thanks,
David Blubaugh





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Oct 6 '08 #1
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On 7 Ott, 01:25, "Blubaugh, David A." <dbluba...@belc an.comwrote:
To All,

I have done some additional research into the possibility of utilizing
Python for hard real time development. *I have seen on various websites
where this has been discussed before on the internet. *However, I was
wondering as to how successful anyone has truly been in developing a
program project either in windows or in Linux that was or extremely
close to real time constraints? For example is it possible to develop a
python program that can address an interrupt or execute an operation
within 70 Hz or less?? Are there any additional considerations that I
should investigate first regarding this matter??

Thanks,

David Blubaugh

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AFAIK, the requirement for hard real time, is that response time have
to be predictable, rather than
generally 'fast'.
Very high level languages like python use many features which are by
their nature unpredictable or
difficult to predict in their response times: to name a pair, garbage
collection and hash table lookups.
Usually real time programmers tend not to use these features even when
they program with lower level
languages such as C, ot at least to use them only during
initialization, when being predictable is less
important.

So no, I would not use python for hard real time ...
Said that, I have to say that once used python to simulate the
protocol of a device which my code (in ADA) had to interface. Typical
response times in this protocol was about 10ms, and my small python
simulator usually managed to respond in that time, although sometime
it delayed its response causing the response timeout in my code to
expire ...
Ciao
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FB
Oct 7 '08 #2
On Tue, Oct 7, 2008 at 6:42 PM, <bi******@gmail .comwrote:
AFAIK, the requirement for hard real time, is that response time have
to be predictable, rather than
generally 'fast'.
Very high level languages like python use many features which are by
their nature unpredictable or
difficult to predict in their response times: to name a pair, garbage
collection and hash table lookups.
Usually real time programmers tend not to use these features even when
they program with lower level
languages such as C, ot at least to use them only during
initialization, when being predictable is less
important.

So no, I would not use python for hard real time ...
Said that, I have to say that once used python to simulate the
protocol of a device which my code (in ADA) had to interface. Typical
response times in this protocol was about 10ms, and my small python
simulator usually managed to respond in that time, although sometime
it delayed its response causing the response timeout in my code to
expire ...
I guess the real question here is what
the OP's requirements actually are.
What is he trying to build ? What are the
timing constraints ? What other constraints
are there ? Just asking whether or not
Python _can_ be used for real-time programming
is a pointless exercise. Even given that
Python may have some unpredictable
features about it being such a high level
language, I am sure it's possible to use
Python in real-time situations.

Blubaugh: What is it that you are trying to achieve ?

cheers
James

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