[ANN] SAMSUNG to produce "Ruby on Rails in Silicon" System on a Chip

Discussion in 'Ruby' started by Ilias Lazaridis, Aug 31, 2011.

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    Samsung Electronics, Co., Ltd., one of the worlds greatest advanced
    semiconductor producer, announced the latest of it's popular ARM11
    based System on a Chip (SoC) solutions, the RORIS6440 "Rails in
    Silicon" web-application processor. Based on the Samsung’s advanced
    45nm low power CMOS process technology, the "Rails in Silicon" chip
    offers a high performance, low power and cost effective solution for
    next generation web applications.

    The System on a Chip consists of 4 subsystems occupying each 1/4 of
    the SoC :
    a) The ruby language interpreter in silicon
    b) The ruby gems subsystem (Xilinx FPGA)
    c) The Rails Framework subsystem
    d) The normalization FPGA (normalizing inconsistencies of the other 3

    The RORIS6440 web-application processor is available in samples for
    selected customers. It is scheduled for volume shipment in the fourth
    quarter of this year. The chip is housed in a 13×13 FBGA package with
    a ball pitch of 0.65mm.


    Yukuhiro Matsumoto, the ruby language designer commented:

    "Samsung engineers gave me some requirements for the necessary code-
    refactoring, in order to simplify the integration of the core
    interpreter into silicon. I can say that they were really professional
    till the latest cell of their body. And they listen, too! I said to
    them "I'm passionate about ruby, and many people love it". They said:
    "Don't worry, we will place some hearts at the side of each wafer with
    an inscription "With love, Ruby". - Well, they did it. I'm sitting
    here at my electron microscope (a present from Samsung's CTO), looking
    at the wafer's inscription. Just Lovely!"

    Asked what happened with the code-refactoring, Mr. Matsumoto replied:
    "I don't know, I got problems with my stomach after one day doing the
    refactoring. It was finally outsourced to undisclosed contractor, I
    think somewhere in Europe, but am not sure."


    David Heinemeier Hansson, the designer of the initial Rails framework

    This is the natural flow of things. Several people have contributed to
    new versions of the Rails framework (which were build based on much
    more specifications than the initial one. They increased the speed and
    stability of the Ruby interpreter. Even a "Computer Science Company"
    got involved, increasing the speed of web-server execution to 30%.
    Twitter has twitted like crazy in order to make things work - but then
    they moved to J...!

    Still, we we're not able to catch up with J... implemented systems -
    and in no way with systems implemented in the so called "King of
    Languages" (C++). After one year of reworking ruby and Ruby on Rails,
    we went nuts. Even a whole book "REWORK" didn't help - things become
    even worser, and people started to want 3 working days in summer.

    One step before we were forced to move to J [Mr. Hansson always got a
    hick-up when trying to say "Java"], Samsung contacted us with the
    offer to "go silicon".

    The chip increases the execution speed of rails applications to a
    factor of 5 to 10 (compared to mainstream intel/amd chips), and
    reduces the daily restarts to just 1 to 3 (in a typical Rails

    And communication with demanding Rails developers and users has become
    really easy:

    "Get used to it, it's silicon.".


    Rails developer and ruby contributor Tenderlove commented:

    "OMG! I feel so happy. I went to the FAB an hugged all the 40 workers
    in the high-sterility environment, giving each and every of them a few
    of my favorite flowers. Ok, I've ruined their clean-room, knocking-out
    the production for 2 weeks. But who cares. OMG!!! A CHIP!!!"


    Ryan Davis (aka "The Release Berserker") said:

    "I am very proud that a complete RubyGems subprocessor was integrated.
    Eric Hodel and I insisted that the subsystem will be field-
    programmable, thus we can still release code fast (and depracate

    Samsung engineers understood perfectly. They integrated the rubygems
    subsystem into the 6th generation Xilinx's Spartan-6 FPGA Family,
    right into the the chip. I have no idea what this chip is about. All
    that I know is, that I can require 'roris_fpga_upload' and then push a
    new release by ... (forgot the new API call, I've refactored it
    already 3 times).

    Anyway, I like my title. I'm Davis, the Release Berserker - and this
    will stay even with silicon, thank's to the excellent team at


    James Edward Gray II commented:

    "I've written books about ruby, and half of the stuff I've documented
    and explained, was refactored and normalized away, in order to make
    ruby integratable in silicon." he told to the reporter in a slight sad
    tone. "How does it look now, people ask me now, why did I wrote books
    about those 'features', instead of normalizing them away."?' he then
    continues with tears dropping from his eyes "They even ask me, why I
    didn't saw those inconsistencies all those years, why I documented
    them like features. Didn't I know? Or did I just want to publish
    books, thus I'm called an expert?".

    After a few seconds of silence he stood up and shouted "the worst
    thing is, that Samsung selected this Zombie named Lazaridis in order
    to normalize and refactor the source-code base, thus it becomes able
    to be integrated. This guy knows nothing about ruby, even not "puts",
    how can he normalize the language?"

    Gladly, Tenderlove was present, and gave him five rations of hugs, and
    some flowers that Samsung engineers had trowed after him (those from
    the clean room). So "little James" (as Tenderlove calls him tenderly)
    calmed down soon and added with a great smile:

    "Well, I guess I'll write a new book now: "Ruby on Rails in Silicon"
    Reference for Beginners. Thank you, Samsung!"


    The Ruby Core Developers announced simply "We love our spaghetti-code.
    It's a good code. And only we can grasp it. That's good, this should
    stay this way. Chips are not necessary."


    Mr. Lazaridis, the first ever seen "troll" which solves C-core-level
    language-design issues, commented:

    "The truth is, that the hype around Rails had opened the doors to the
    headquarter of the Korean Chip-Giant. A java hating CTO (his wife left
    him for the highest-paid Korean Java-CTO) introduced Rails to some
    departments. The departments started to implement their applications
    themselves (as they hated their IT guys), and had a productivity boost
    of a factor around 5 to 10. It spread quickly within the company, even
    a dedicated (but unofficial) IT department was introduced, referred to
    as "Section 31"."

    Lazaridis continues in his typical criticizing tone "Then the problems
    and the productivity loss started. The ROM methodology (Relational to
    Object Mapping, the reverse of ORM - Object Relational Mapping)
    negates most benefits of the Object Orientation, making the new
    Nija's" collapse and then pay $400 and more for a simple advertisement
    to find "Rails Experts". Rails Experts which know, that Rails has it's
    natural limits, dictated by laws of physics and mathematics. But it's
    a job, and they do it."

    Lazaridis continued straight and openly, not afraid to loose even the
    last tiny opportunity for a contract within the ruby domain. He stated
    the most relevant fact, which everyone knows, but no one want's to
    speak out:

    "The technology-lock-in machinery of Rails worked nice. Everything is
    reinvented, reimplemented, renamed, presented with fun, love and
    things opposite to what people hate. But how deep got Samsung
    trapped?. The answer is: VERY deep. The financial departments
    estimated the "lock-out" costs, and finally found out that producing a
    new chip would be much cheaper than getting Rails specialists from
    overseas to solve the problems or to migrate away from Rails. This
    solution had the additional benefit from preventing the CTO from
    committing suicide. Who want's to admit publicly that he has been
    trapped by a marketing machine? This simply does not happen after the
    lessons that Windows 3.x teached."

    With a smile in his face, Lazaridis told the reporter:

    "Many people would get a stroke, if they'd know that I was the
    undisclosed subcontractor, who normalized (with a self-selected
    distributed team of 3 people) the ruby-core, and created the basic
    SystemVerilog2009 simulations. Please don't write this, thus everyone
    stay's happy!" [Editors note: Mr. Gray released this information


    Wake up.

    Could it become really that worse?

    Possibly not, but anyone who assesses the code-quality of the ruby-
    source-codes know:

    The Ruby Language System needs a rework, immediately.

    - Stricter processing rules, especially for issue-tracking and coding
    - Clean, decoupled, strict modular and self-documenting code
    - Open project which invites for code-level contributions

    It's up to the professional companies around ruby to do something, to
    act. To assess the code-quality, to admit that there's a major
    problem, and to ensure that someone dives into the sources and
    refactors them, reworks them.

    Who can do such a rework?

    See a suggestion here, which contains a work-example based on the
    vm_method.c unit:


    Ilias Lazaridis, Aug 31, 2011
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  2. Note to readers:


    Samsung produces many chips:



    The silence around this topic shows clearly how the ruby-community
    (including professional companies) deals with weaknesses: silence

    Ruby sources-codes are full of such quality:


    And the quality that must be reached is at minimum(!) this one:


    Take a look at other files, try to follow the logic, the programm flow
    etc., for example when strings are processed:


    This is *production* code, believe it or not.

    The arrogance, stubborness and egoism of the core-team, community and
    professionals surrounding ruby is killing this language.

    I am really wondering how even companies like "Google" use such a
    terrible quality source-code base in their products (without at least
    contributing to increase the quality).

    Just unbelievable.


    Ilias Lazaridis, Sep 6, 2011
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