Mark Gritter (markgritter) wrote,
Mark Gritter

How I've been entertaining myself

I participated in Advent of Code, and Advent calendar of programming puzzles. Of the 25 days of puzzles, one I solved without doing any coding, one other by minor scripting of an existing application, and the rest in Python. It was a fun exercise. (Sadly, I did not submit a solution quickly enough on the last day to make the leaderboard.)

For Christmas I received a NVIDIA Jetson TK1, a development board for the Tegra K1 "system-on-a-chip". Most notably, it comes with a 192-core GPU built in, making it a 5"x5" supercomputer.

I thought a good project to get more familiar with programming it would be to reimplement some of the Advent of Code problems using CUDA (Nvidia's programming API for GPU computing.) I posted my first effort on github: (But, I haven't rerun my old Python solution to demonstrate the speedup!) The new code is capable of finding the solutions to the original problems in less than a second each, and of finding solutions to the "next-hardest" version of the problem in about 9 seconds.

I also have a bunch of new games to play: Mini Metro (a fun logistics game), Concrete Jungle (deck-building + city-building), Infinifactory (factory layout for evil aliens), and Offworld Trading Company (a logistic RTS.) Yes, even my games are really all about programming. :)
Tags: games, geek, programming
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