[ros-users] Use cases for ROS on ARM based computers

FIXED-TERM Franke Kai (CR/RTC1.1-NA) fixed-term.Kai.Franke2 at us.bosch.com
Sun Jan 13 18:52:35 UTC 2013


I am working on the gumstix as well as on the RasPi. My plan is to benchmark different embedded systems for image transport/compression and other things like feature extraction. In the end I would like to be able to choose the cheapest solution for any given requirements. The goal is to be able to find the ideal number and type of computing devices for a mobile robot, also considering sending images to a server for higher computation power.

Kai Franke

From: ros-users-bounces at code.ros.org [mailto:ros-users-bounces at code.ros.org] On Behalf Of Tully Foote
Sent: Saturday, January 12, 2013 1:11 PM
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Subject: [ros-users] Use cases for ROS on ARM based computers

Hi Everyone,

There has been quite a bit of interest in running ROS on ARM architecture processors. I know of many people using ROS on ARM processors.  There is now instructions for installing ROS on the Raspberry Pi [1] [2] form source.  Thanks to everyone who's contributed to those installation instructions.

There are lots of additional steps possible for the Raspberry Pi specifically, such as extending the debian package buiding infrastructure to support armhf or developing good instructions for cross compiling. (Compiling natively is slow but simpler.)

Likewise I'm aware of several people using ROS on other ARM based platforms such as Gumstix, BeagleBoards and PandaBoards as well as others.

With the number of people using ROS on these processors it would be great to share with the community what people are working on and where they would like to see things go forward.

This might develop into it's own SIG going forward or potentially join the embedded SIG. [3]

So if anyone is using ROS on ARM or would like to do so.  Please share your use case(s) and hopefully we can get a group of people together to collaborate to build up support for ROS on ARM.


[1] http://www.ros.org/wiki/groovy/Installation/Raspbian/Source
[2] http://ros.org/wiki/ROSberryPi/Setting%20up%20ROS%20on%20RaspberryPi
[3] http://www.ros.org/wiki/sig/Embedded
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