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Asterisk on a DreamCast?

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I was playing around with a old Saga DreamCast and it got me thinking, could Asterisk be modified to run on it?

I have turned DreamCast’s in to firewalls and network data miners but I haven’t worked much with Asterisk and am not sure if it would work.

Running a modified version of Debian

DreamCast Specs

CPU:

Hitachi SH4 CPU

200MHz clock rate

360 MIPS (millions of instructions per second)

1.4 billion floating-point operations per second

3D calculations

800+ MBytes/second bus bandwidth

Graphics:

NEC/Videologic CLX1 graphics chip (AKA PowerVR Second Generation)

3 million polygons/second peak rendering rate

Perspective-Correct Texture Mapping

Point, Bilinear, Trilinear and Anisotropic Mip-map filtering

Gouraud shading

Z-buffer

Colored light sourcing

Full scene anti-aliasing

16.7 million colors

Hardware based, fog, bump mapping, and texture compression

Shadow and light volumes

Super sampling

Memory:

16 MB main operating RAM

8 MB video RAM (VRAM)

2 MB sound RAM 128KB Flash RAM

Sound:

Yamaha AICA Sound Core

RISC CPU

DSP for real-time effects

64 sound channels

Full 3D sound support

Hardware-based audio compression

Storage Media:

GD-ROM

1 Gigabyte data storage

12X speed

Other

Dreamcast Broadband Adapter

Four controller ports

Built-in expansion ports

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If it were possible, 16MB of RAM is just not enough to run an asterisk server. The performance would be flakey.

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If it were possible, 16MB of RAM is just not enough to run an asterisk server. The performance would be flakey.

Asterisk is running on a WRT54GS which is only 8MB/32MB Rom. So space should not be an issue?

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Asterisk is running on a WRT54GS which is only 8MB/32MB Rom.   So space should not be an issue?

I didn't say space, I said memory. I've noticed terrible performance problems when trying to run asterisk on a system with less than 64MB of RAM.

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Asterisk is running on a WRT54GS which is only 8MB/32MB Rom.   So space should not be an issue?

I didn't say space, I said memory. I've noticed terrible performance problems when trying to run asterisk on a system with less than 64MB of RAM.

Ooh, I am just on the "limit" then. I run asterisk on my xbox w/ xebian and it works well. I've never ran into memory problems, while running it + apache + qmail + dovecot + samba + cups + radvd (plus others). Only seems to reboot when I reboot it.

Any old xbox + modchip capable of being flashed would do the trick. (though maybe not v1.6 because of the new chipset, v1 to v1.4 works anyway). Plus you'd have a HDD and CDROM so you wouldn't have to write/rewrite cds or use network storage.

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I guess in the end, it really depends on what you intend to use asterisk for...

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running any serious dedicated service on top of linux with the dreamcast is usually pretty flakey because a lot of your resources are used for linux. I ran a dreamcast web server for a couple months just to see the load it could take. It would still be worth a shot though.

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running any serious dedicated service on top of linux with the dreamcast is usually pretty flakey because a lot of your resources are used for linux.  I ran a dreamcast web server for a couple months just to see the load it could take.  It would still be worth a shot though.

Well I have started work on it, as I like the idea of having an asterisk box that costs less then $40 to make.

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just get the BBA and plug it into your CSU/DSU's ethernet port, and yeah asterisk should run on it; just make sure and use a uClibc-based distro to save on disk and RAM space. a dreamcast isn't so cool anymore though. now, a TiVo with asterisk...

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just get the BBA and plug it into your CSU/DSU's ethernet port, and yeah asterisk should run on it; just make sure and use a uClibc-based distro to save on disk and RAM space. a dreamcast isn't so cool anymore though. now, a TiVo with asterisk...

Yeah I got it up and running about 2 hours ago, I’m now playing around with it.

All I can say is that it works but not very well.

I’m in the UK so I don’t have access to a TiVo but I have had asterisk running on my xbox for quite some time, I have an old Sky+ box which I thinking about trying to get asterisk running on.

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