New fast data logging sketches

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giantsfan3:
Fefas, You are more likely to get help on your problem, if you post your programming question (about bit-shifting) in the Programming Questions section of the forum:
http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php/board,4.0.html

Robert Getzner:
Hi,
just did some measurements using this lib and put the results here:
Arduino writing to SD Card – Next test based on Fat16Libs fast data logging sketches
http://robertgetzner.com/PersonalWordpress/?cat=37
If you think that this is useful, just copy where it´s better placed (don´t know this forum/etc well enough).
THanks, Robert

giantsfan3:
@Robert Getzner:
This is great. Thanks for the detailed analysis!
And I wish there was some wiki where information like this were made permanent (Perhaps the Arduino playground?).
Until then, could you please create a separate new thread/topic on the "Storage" section of the forum, and either link to, or copy and paste, the information from your webpage.
You could perhaps title the thread something generic enough (e.g., "SD card writing at high speed / sample rate") so that future searchers can find it easily.

Robert Getzner:
@giantsfan3: thanks :)
ok for the post, but can´t do it today. Maybe with a title like '[Info] Example measurement for high speed ADC & SD Card writing' and maybe asking interested folks what the would be interested in to be measured further.

I looked at playground -> storagy....am unsure if my post already qualifies for the playground olymp ;) For example I didn´t add the info, which hardware I used, which SD card etc. So it´s no qualified measurement in the sense.

I´m wondering more if a kind of 'getting started with Ardiuno & SD' would help people more (After reading some of the topics in this forum....). Something along these lines
- Working example of setting up the hardware + simple sketch to basically test if it works in principle (people could also be asked to try this before posting questions ;) ) ; could be complemented over time with 'proven SD cards'
- Basic steps to analyze issues (memory consumption, frequency/data volume of updates to/read from SD)
- Decision tree along some questions ( a) volume of data to be written (b) which frequency to you want to log with...). There will also be some ends in the decision tree that end in 'Do not use an arduino, better get a digital scope...')

Opinions?

giantsfan3:
Robert, As the site (http://playground.arduino.cc) states, "This is the place to post and share your own code, circuit diagrams, tutorials, DIY instructions, tips and tricks, and after all the hard work, to show off your projects."

So I think your post more than qualifies, especially because, based on seeing your blog, you have a very clear, organized writing style!

I'm sure most of the community would back you up on that.

And, if you would make a tutorial regarding Arduino & SD covering the various aspects that you mentioned, it could become a much-needed accumulation/bible of all things data-logging-related for Arduino-users. If something like that exists, at least 25% of the SD-storage-related questions on this forum could probably be avoided :)

There are numerous questions coming up all the time regarding data logging, especially faster logging (you have seen the "Storage" section of the forum already). And one of the sadly missing things is that a lot of the knowledge from the forum answers is  never accumulated into a permanent page of wisdom that future users can refer to.

While a lot of the blogs on the Internet, e.g., Ladyada's site, cover basic hardware setup of Arduino-to-SDcard, however there is a big need for authoritative tutorials on the software side of SD logging.

Fat16lib's library of course has been an enormous step, and a tutorial like the one you want to write could be a very useful instructive contribution to lots of people.

I remember I spent nearly a few weeks in my early Arduino days to achieve faster logging than a few hundred points a second; of course, now the target has been extended further!

Quote from: Robert Getzner on March 27, 2013, 03:58:37 pm

@giantsfan3: thanks :)
ok for the post, but can´t do it today. Maybe with a title like '[Info] Example measurement for high speed ADC & SD Card writing' and maybe asking interested folks what the would be interested in to be measured further.

I looked at playground -> storagy....am unsure if my post already qualifies for the playground olymp ;) For example I didn´t add the info, which hardware I used, which SD card etc. So it´s no qualified measurement in the sense.

I´m wondering more if a kind of 'getting started with Ardiuno & SD' would help people more (After reading some of the topics in this forum....). Something along these lines
- Working example of setting up the hardware + simple sketch to basically test if it works in principle (people could also be asked to try this before posting questions ;) ) ; could be complemented over time with 'proven SD cards'
- Basic steps to analyze issues (memory consumption, frequency/data volume of updates to/read from SD)
- Decision tree along some questions ( a) volume of data to be written (b) which frequency to you want to log with...). There will also be some ends in the decision tree that end in 'Do not use an arduino, better get a digital scope...')

Opinions?



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