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- Subject: Lua use case questions
- From: Kevin Wang <kevin@...>
- Date: Wed, 30 May 2018 10:06:40 -0700
I am just getting into Lua to research it as a possible language for a
grant we are working on, and was wondering if anyone could answer some
questions for a beginner :)
We write software and hardware for neuroscience experiments, and are
developing a new tool. Our ultimate goal in a nutshell is to have users
be able to write and run scripts on their computers, but only as
simulation and without low latency. The idea is that once they are
satisfied with fine tuning their control script and parameters, they can
then "upload" it to our device (a soft-core processor on an FPGA), in
which case our backend can execute their control script with direct
access to the data (going through the FPGA) for extremely low latency.
So my questions are:
1. Is Lua syntax easy to learn, especially for users that primarily code
analysis scripts in Matlab or Python? (Even if it is not, if Lua turns
out to meet our tech requirements, they'll just have to learn Lua
anyways. Just a good thing for me to keep in mind)
2. Is this a fair use case for Lua? I know that Lua is small enough to
use on embedded devices, what about an FPGA?
3. Does anyone here have a similar use case that I could talk to, or see
any similar examples for?
4. If not Lua, any other recommendations?
Many many thanks,