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Re^3: Is there a FIREFLY android App available?

Jim Kress

Given the RAM and disk requirements for even a small to moderate calculation, I would be quite surprised if any QM program would be able to perform useful work on an Android device.

For example, the largest RAM Android Phone I could find was the LG T585 with 16GB RAM and 256 GB SD disk storage.  The same is true for tablets.  Many have quad core cpus.

The PS 3 has 256 MB of RAM with another 256 MB of VRAM.  The recoding to utilize the CEL and GPU architecture would be daunting.  That would be the only way one could use a PS3 and even in that case you'd have to use a cluster of them to spread the memory requirements across many nodes.

I do not think the return on effort would be positive.  So no, in my opinion it would not be beneficial.


On Thu Feb 26 '15 6:51am, Siddheshwar Chopra wrote
>Dear Jim Kress,
>I completely agree with you on this. It would be really painful to keep updating Firefly. But still, out of curiosity, if we DONOT update the OS at all; then Jim can you tell me if a android Firefly would be running well or not? Will it be beneficial or not?
>My basic query is that IS the current smartphone hardware good for computing? You must have even heard of the latest Playstation 3 supercomputer too.

>Kind Regards,

>On Wed Feb 25 '15 3:23am, Jim Kress wrote
>>One can only imagine the severity of headaches and loss of health trying to:

>>1) Convert Firefly code to the Android OS
>>2) Maintain the code when the monthly changes to the Android OS occur
>>3) Support the code across multiple Android OS's, handsets, tablets, etc.

>>I, for one, would NEVER do this.


>>On Sat Dec 6 '14 6:56am, Siddheshwar Chopra wrote
>>>Dear Users,
>>>Please pardon me for this question. I have been since long thinking about FIREFLY app. The reason being the smartphones prices going cheaper and cheaper. I mean the octa core 2GHz with 2GB RAM is coming very cheap in the market. I need to know how you all feel about this.
>>>Alex Sir I need your views too on this. Will a FIREFLY App be successful in smarthphones? Will it be equally efficient? App will definitely boost the popularity and usability of FIREFLY...

>>>Kind Regards,

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