Ballpark miminum CPU/RAM requirements for moveit packages

asked 2013-10-31 07:30:22 -0500

learner353 gravatar image

updated 2014-01-28 17:18:24 -0500

ngrennan gravatar image

I am currently using ROS fuerte (and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS) and running about 10 nodes in an embedded system (PC104 Atom 1.2 GHz). I would like to use MoveIt's manipulator kinematic packages (yes I realize MoveIt uses ROS Groovy and later) to calculate forward and inverse kinematics, as well as path planning for the end-effector.

I am planning to change processor boards and would like to know what kind of processor and RAM requirements are needed to handle kinematic calculations and path planning. Would you have recommendations on processor type (Haswell/Atom/etc?) and RAM needs to add MoveIt's packages to my application?

I don't need to run a visualizer in the embedded hardware, just the calculations portion. And I'm looking for a low power solution. In addition, I would like to have some headroom in the new processor to handle other kinds of calculations in the future.

Thank you for sharing your experiences.

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What kind of application do you target? For what kind of robot do you want to generate motion? Obviously depending on the number of DOF your robot have and the difficult of your problem, the required CPU will differ.

Thomas gravatar image Thomas  ( 2013-10-31 22:01:21 -0500 )edit