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[Discuss-gnuradio] Could This Be A Speed Problem? How Can I Make It Fast
[Discuss-gnuradio] Could This Be A Speed Problem? How Can I Make It Faster
Thu, 16 May 2019 14:13:43 -0500
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I have what I think is a problem with processing speed.
I want to run the attached flow graph on my Raspberry Pi 3B.
It captures a serial bit stream.
The lower File Sink is a FIFO type file that is read and processed in
real time (I hope) by the Python script decoder.py (attached). Actually
decoder.py is a dummed down script I am using to isolate the problem.
The script I hope to use is ~100 lines long.
The upper File Sink just writes a file that is processed off line by a
Note that in decoder.py there is a variable delay. If I make delay
small, like 0 or 1, I believe the flow graph runs successfully. But if
I make delay larger things start to fall apart. By that I mean bits are
dropped. Also the Time Sink falls behind. I test that by manually
changing the bit stream. What I see is, if delay is small, the Time
Sink displays the changed bit stream immediately. If delay is 2 or 3
the change to the bit stream is delayed 5 or 6 seconds.
Also, in the larger delay case, the file Capture.sec is also missing
bits. It seems that if decoder isn't taking bytes out of the FIFO fast
enough, the "backup" reflects back to the output of the Multiply
Constant. I separated the paths to the File Sinks hoping that I could
avoid this effect but no luck.
So, I guess my questions are:
(1) Is my analysis correct?
(2) Is it reasonable that just one or two times through that "while"
loop could be such a problem?
(3) Would it be useful to rewrite the processing script as a C program?
Keeping in mind that the program I really want to use is 10 or 20 times
(4) Am I doing things in a way that slows things down and could be fixed
by some manipulation?
(5) Shouldn't a FIFO be able to "absorb" the data flow?
(6) Would using something like ZMQ get around this problem?
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