Welcome to Planet Program
I wonder if I would say I'm primarily a programmer. I wrote my first program when I was seven and have been programming on and off ever since. That said, software is very important to what I do, but at the end of the day, its still a tool that makes other activities I enjoy that much easier.
Some incarnation of this website began when I was an undergrad mainly to help me keep track of projects I did in the past such as reverse enginneering the MacSE 1987. It still serves that function; hence its current name. But it finds other uses such as helping document interesting artifacts of programmer culture. Enjoy!
verilator backend for nMigen
I have been working on adding a verilator backend to nMigen-HDL Pythonthat is almost ready. More information on that effort here.
nMigen is a high level HDL quite similar to Chisel but width the advantages of:
- No simulator boilerplate and easy support for multiple clock domains
- Implmented in Python. This means no slow SBT compile times or doing the SBT package manager dance. Pip just works.
- I also find Python idiosms much more simple/useful/natural than Scala's
I offer a more in depth comparison of various HDLs and their problems here.
recent new-old tech acquisition
One of my youth pastors/mentors recently gave me his MacSE 1987! I started writing some drivers and designing an FPGA based graphics card for the MacSE. This is much harder than I originally thought.