# Bird Flocking Simulation

Bird flocking is an extremely interesting natural phenomenon that have been widely studied as witnessed by the number of papers in literature). I will present here a work on aggregate motion of large number of boids in a virtual environment with the presence of predators using CUDA as computational framework. Beautiful Flocking motion

Collective motion or flocking appears at different fields and scales in nature and several mathematical tools have been developed for analyzing such motions

1. organism are threaten as particles in Brownian motion combined with attraction/repulsion forces
2. Differential equation models
3. Agent based models.

The model presented here is based on a work of Reynolds (1987) which is based on three key behavioral rules:

• Cohesion: to attempt to stay close to nearby flock-mates;
• Collision avoidance: to evade objects that are too close;
• Velocity/Heading Matching: to head in the same direction of nearby flock-mates

and extends it adding predator avoidance and multiple species and bird groups interaction

# Bird Flocking Model

The environment is parameterized using the following a set of parameters that describe the size of the virtual environment and the duration of a timestep. What is really interesting is the set of bird's parameter that describe how a bird behave and react to event in its surrounding. Some notable parameters  include the Fyeld Of View (FOV), peak velocity , thrust and others (see figure).

The environment is partially observable and the portion of space that is visible to each bird is defined by its FOV. FOV is defined as follows:

Let the position vector of the object in the 's frame of reference, then is 's neighbor if and only if the followings hold:  where is the maximum horizontal range of view, is the maximum vertical range of view and  ## Cohesion

In formal terms , the bird 's centroid at time , is given by: which is basically a weighted average of neighbors position.

## Separation

A bird try to keep certain distance between itself and
its neighbors. Bird 's separation vector at time is given
by: where determines how strong is the repulsion against to the neighbor .

Alignment

Bird's alignment is computed as follows It is a weighted average of the neighbors's heading direction.

Other species and predator avoidance
Other species avoidance is a behavior pretty much similar to the separation. The only difference is that only birds that belong to other species contribute to the result.

Predator avoidance is also a "flee or separation" behavior, but what happens here is that we do not take into account the current predator position, but instead, birds try to "separate" from predators's next position (the prediction is made from current position and velocity and acceleration of the predator).

The predator avoidance vector is defined as follows: where:

• is the 's set of predators
• is the predator avoidance coefficient, where is the minimum distance bird avoid predator.

The model has been implemented in CUDA to speedup the simulation. The following is a short video which I used during my presentation at PDP16 conference.  The model and the implementation described in this article are much more greatly described in the following slides (download here).

Last summer I was invited at CodeWeek 2015 organized by Hacklab CS at UNICAL to talk about Haskell and Functional Programming.

Here the video of my (short) talk. In Italian

Slides Here

# Largest Prime Number

Recently a team at the University of Central Missouri, headed by Curtis Cooper has announced, via press release from the Mersenne organization

to have discovered a new largest prime. The number  have more than 22M digits,  to be precise. It's so large that writing 4 digits per centimeter one would be able to cover the entire distance between Edinburgh and Glasgow! Here the full http://www.filedropper.com/largestprimenumber number.

The following is an Haskell micro-script for computing and writing the number to a file (using Haskell because it's lazy input/output allows to write big files to disk without any concern about memory).


import Data.Time
import System.Environment (getArgs)
main :: IO ()
main = do
[path]<-getArgs
let n = 2^74207281 -1
startTime <- getCurrentTime
writeFile path (show n)
stopTime <-getCurrentTime
putStrLn ("ElapsedTime: " ++ show (diffUTCTime stopTime startTime))



Compile using using : ghc --make

and execute passing the output filename as the only parameter.

The full number is ~22MB, not surprisingly as one char occupies one byte in memory.

Here the first digits of the number:

###### 300376418084606182052986098359166050056875863030301484843941693345547723219067 994296893655300772688320448214882399426727835290700904836432218015348199652241 372287684310213386284573666361506667532122772859359864057780256875647795865832 142051171109635844262936572650387240710147982631320437143129112198392188761288 503958771920355017186438665809954286344460536606761717933683749624756782578361 731044883934155387085250868537297205931251606849781532670414744928294883449429 443999003776831072496868250622866039978884541062234219154504645252386846303469 724807334155852889497374778705327594144808269546049745682886662634337786061551 354498294392788969717277814170247857840825173814169979529718831378258156460855 598404801012277963664118162318740241984446339571147500893873350471752282309276 960908368218257475857949333688648781647084935600389442816615101269892941620923 700583920438303155576675128697727353015966198570119971508975499769430113632520 704976596018662818527213338297501690033894692212329648575780270141964029454297 379598752963111110166054910922708870780155972725875622704085120422206985800208 953699779570148521239387340972873010415557408840313517334104245951181312377569 862268931591236073913864912702341514442871893227806578339072908082737776944438 541558625494782239705021522924186805591226430219483495972094802701924328600534 393128646703341368026587734561209964921713257134223641483136379023890310042525 635413014854847842999675719601547926712259803033804208054192341842074795499467 736417866657681142429045674308204219551025449960330608429729874249539051023991 353492744406378092116867003111452756638147874006136238963152211561563090034814 454337404268972669143336589608026262105540337915734652847488347593274189154190 268344381703937005859988258738844104703265786972872467031538046586054465054455 ....

Programming Question: Compute the Greatest Common Divisor of two integers (easy)

This question is divided in two parts: you will first asked to write a function that computes the  GCD withouth any space/time constraints. The second part will be more challenching, asking for not using multiplication or division or addition.

## Part1: write a function that takes two integers as input and returns their gcd using the famous Euclidean algorithm.

Part 2: compute the Greatest Common Divisor of two integers without using multiplication addition or division operators (easy)

# Fibonacci serie - Knuth multiplication - Java

Leonardo Fibonacci,the Italian mathematician (from Pisa, 1170, one of the most important mathematician of all time) invented the famous serie defined recursively as follows:   We all know that as programmers once in life (at least) we will write some piece of code to compute the element of the serie. Recursive implementation is straightforward but inefficient, due to the exponential number of recursive calls, that make "hard" to compute numbers bigger that 40. It is very easy to come up with some iterative or memoised implementation, that lowers the complexity to and allows to efficently compute "any" number of the serie.
In this post we will derive an implementation (JAVA) that have complexity 1)using results from Knuth, Fibonacci multiplication,1988. Read On…

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 1 ↑ using results from Knuth, Fibonacci multiplication,1988

In this article we want to briefly discuss a possible solution to the project euler problem 24 which asks:

A permutation is an ordered arrangement of objects. For example, 3124 is one possible permutation of the digits 1, 2, 3 and 4. If all of the permutations are listed numerically or alphabetically, we call it lexicographic order. The lexicographic permutations of 0, 1 and 2 are:

012 021 102 120 201 210

What is the millionth lexicographic permutation of the digits 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9?

One possible approach could obviously be to brute force all the lexicographical permutations and then take the millionth element out of the previously sorted collection of permutation (interpreted as number). The drawback of this solution is that unfortunately the number of permutations is more than exponential, is .

We want to show here a more mathematical/combinatorial approach. First of all start considering that how the permutations looks like.
First permutations are (thanks to Stefano Germano for typo correction) .
A deeper look at the permutations reveals that are all the sequences starting with 0 and concatenated with a permutation of the ramaining 9 elements . How many of them? .
It means that the permutation we are looking for  has to be greater than the th permutation: .
From this we can deduce that we can also skip all the sequences starting by 1 because they produces (again) permutations and . Moreover our millioth permutation is in the sequences starting with 2 because (hence is not in the permutations starting with 3). Read On…