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Saturday, 24 December 2011

Round Robin and the Elevators Scheduling at My Block



Talking about round-robin, I am reminded of the elevators at the block of flats where I live.



I've been frustrated at the elevators before. Sometimes when I call for the elevator, I can tell that 2 of the lifts are in transit (going somewhere, with or without passangers).


Sometimes only 1 out of 3 is in transit.


When I call the lifts, I expect one of the lifts that are parked to be mobilised. Instead, the logic that drives the lifts assignment lets that lift go in the opposite direction, then come to a rest, (either to drop off some passenger or park itself), then wakes itself again, to come to my level. 

Definition: Round-Robin


This post has a bit to do with the music virtual instrument plug-in I am now using, but the term Round-Robin has a direct software coding application, so I decided to post it up, just like I did on the rest of my blogs


In the course of reading the manuals of EastWest virtual instruments plug-ins, I keep coming across the term "round-robin".


What Round-Robin Means


At first it seemed to be a recording technique, or some kind of microphone set-up. I searched google.com for "round-robin mic techniques", and found nothing. Closest results relevant to audio processing was a a "round-robin" setting in protools configuration that allows Protools to be configured to read/write audio data from an array of hard-disks to ensure stability of glitch-less recording. 


After I watched the videos from Youtube (from the previous blog entry), they used the term to describe the way samples are triggered.




Here's what I found on Answers.com:
http://www.answers.com/topic/round-robin


and from wikipedia.org
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Round-robin


The original meaning is to describe the signing of a petition in a way that signatures are passed around in a circle to make it impossible to know was which signature belongs to whom.