BeagleLogic Update -1 : 7th May 2014

It’s been almost a week since I began work on BeagleLogic after my finals, and with another 12 days remaining for the Community Bonding period, here’s an update on the things accomplished so far (mostly administrative):

  • We now have currently as a mirror to this blog. In due course of time, the project will migrate to its own GitHub pages and website.
  • The GitHub repository for BeagleLogic has been created. This will carry the front-end HTML files mostly, with the actual libraries including sigrok, sigrokdecode and our BeagleLogic Server as submodules to it.
  • Set up a build environment for cross-compilation with the required libs and package config files copied in from the BeagleBone Black Debian System Image (23rd April beta release). Successfully built libsigrok, libsigrokdecode and sigrok-cli and executed on the BeagleBone Black and it decodes a bundled sample DS1307 I2C dump as shown below:
    sigrok-cli SSH BeagleBone Black
    SSH from the BeagleBone Black: Screenshot showing sigrok-cli successfully decoding a dump of DS1307
  • Create the presentation for my project as required by The draft slides can be viewed here, I will be recording, uploading and posting the video soon, and also updating it at the eLinux wiki page.

The cross compilation, though accomplished, has a few rough edges as I had to edit the pkg-config descriptors for each dependency library for a non-standard prefix. I now use PKG_CONFIG_SYSROOT_DIR and compile with a standard ‘/usr’ prefix with untouched pkgconfig files from the BeagleBone Black, but it seems that a few modifications are needed in the build script to build smoothly. Once this is accomplished, I would be publishing complete build instructions and a cross-compilation script to build sigrok from source for the BeagleBone or BeagleBone Black running Debian Wheezy.

There will be the next update on 14th May 2014, which would be Update 0, after which Update 1 will happen on 21st once coding begins on May 19th.

Stay connected for the latest updates on BeagleLogic.

Google Summer of Code 2014 with

I’m delighted to announce that my proposal with has been accepted for the Google Summer of Code 2014. Here is a link to the announcement on the official page.

[A brief introduction to Google Summer of Code [GSoC]: it’s an initiative by Google to encourage student participation in Open Source projects. Through this program, students work on projects and proposals under participating organizations for a period of 3 months, and Google pays a handsome stipend. The students are paired with experienced mentors from the organization who assist them and guide them during the period]

For the next 3 months, I will be working on building BeagleLogic, a software that will be leveraging the power of the Programmable Real-Time Unit [PRU] available on the BeagleBone Black (and the original BeagleBone) to convert it into a Logic Analyser that can help people understand and visualise the digital signals they are dealing with.

Matt Ranostay and Hunyue Yau from will be my mentors for the project.

I will be working closely with the sigrok project, which is an open source signal analysis software, and which would act as the back-end of the project. It supports a large family of digital multimeters, oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, and also includes scriptable protocol decoding support. One of the first tasks in this project is to integrate support for the on-chip PRU under libsigrok, the skeleton driver has already been created in my fork of the library.

I’m looking forward to a great summer 🙂 and I would like to thank community for their acceptance. I would also like to thank Google for the wonderful opportunity you provide to us students to connect with the Open Source Community through your Summer of Code program, and seek to gain experience that will help me in the future.

Future updates will be posted on this blog, or will be shared on a separate blog, if necessary.

For reference, and as a guideline for future GSoC applicants, I attach a copy of the proposal I submitted. The format of the proposal varies from organization to organization; yet the proposal would give a clear idea of the groundwork that is done in general before a proposal is submitted. The proposal has been subject to several revisions after feedback from the community.