Two Poems by Heinz Erhardt

## Performance Boost in Python: Empowering Your Scripts with Numba’s JIT Compiler

In the dynamic world of Python scripting, efficiency is key. Today, let’s delve into the transformative realm of parallelization using Numba’s JIT (Just-In-Time) compiler. Brace yourselves as we explore how this powerful tool not only compiles your code on the fly but also paves the way for parallel execution. Join us on a journey to harness the full potential of your Python scripts through the magic of Numba’s parallelization capabilities.

## Vertex Coloring using ILP

In this post I’ll show you how to solve the vertex coloring problem to optimality using linear programming. Since the problem is NP-complete, there is no algorithm which can solve any problem instance in deterministic polynomial time. In a former post, I used constraint programming to find an optimal (minimal) vertex coloring. A popular greedy… Read more Vertex Coloring using ILP

## micro:bit plays Bach

I dedicate this post to one of my favorite composers, Johann Sebastian Bach. I was walking through Paris years ago when I approached a cathedral where someone had played this piece. It is the fugue of the Bach Toccata, BWV 565. At first, I thought that a virtuos organist must be at work here. Only… Read more micro:bit plays Bach

## The Tennis Court Problem (TCP)

I owe this task to Ruedi, a regular tennis player. The Tennis Court Problem (TCP) is about the following task. At the beginning of outdoor tennis, the court lines must always be cleaned first. The sweeping set is often placed in one of two typical locations, usually either on one side of the net or… Read more The Tennis Court Problem (TCP)

## Solving Happy Cubes® on A micro:bit

In this post I’ll demonstrate the results of my most recent fun project on the micro:bit: An app to solve Happy Cubes®, a set of puzzles created in 1986 by the Belgian toy inventor Dirk Laureyssens. My kids were playing with these cubes and I was wondering, if the micro:bit could solve these cubes in… Read more Solving Happy Cubes® on A micro:bit

## Map Coloring Problem

This is a similar post as the one on Graph Coloring. However, this in this post I show an application of the graph coloring problem, allowing us to answer practical questions using graph theory. In this post we’ll first tackle a map coloring problem manually, then we’ll use a MiniZinc constraint programming script to validate the solution found.

## Graph Coloring Problem

A node coloring is valid or admissible if any two adjacent nodes do not have the same color. If a graph is colorable, there is a smallest number such that the graph is node colorable. This number is called the chromatic number of the graph and is usually denoted by . The problem to identify… Read more Graph Coloring Problem

## Neopixels with micro:bit

In this post I will demonstrate a “Hello, World!” example for the micro:bit to light up some Neopixels. Neopixels are individually-addressable RGB LEDs and can come in various forms. The most common form is the chain having all units connected serially. It was invented by Adafruit, an open-source hardware company based in New York City. Why did I… Read more Neopixels with micro:bit

## Happy Birthday Duino

In this post I’ll show you the simplest setup to generate synthetic sound using an Arduino Pro Mini. Of course you can also run it on a Leonardo or on an Arduino UNO R3. The project is inspired from a project from the official arduino project hub and you can get the sourcecode here. What… Read more Happy Birthday Duino