This project will document getting started with the Texas Instruments Deep Learning (TIDL) library on BeagleBone AI. For these examples, we'll be using pre-trained models with live data streams from a web camera captured by mjpg-streamer for network-based development (rather than desktop keyboard-monitor-and-mouse development common on non-embedded platforms).
It is pretty cool that no tools need to be installed on the host computer and no monitor needs to be installed on BeagleBone AI. The mjpg-streamer software creates a video pipe that can be opened in any browser with access to the server running on BeagleBone AI.
The repository of examples is at https://github.com/beagleboard/cloud9-examples under the BeagleBone/AI/tidl folder. The Classification example is largely completed and the Segmentation example is under development. You'll also see a 'dummy' example that simply provides a live video stream without any processing.
Visit https://beagleboard.org/upgrade for instructions to:
- Get on an Ethernet, WiFi or USB gadget based Internet connection,
- Update the Debian packages in your distro,
- Update your the cloud9-examples repository to the latest, and
- Update your Linux kernel and boot scripts.
sudo apt update
sudo apt install -y ti-tidl mjpg-streamer-opencv-python
- Open up BeagleBone/AI/tidl/classification.tidl.cpp in the Cloud9 IDE editor by browsing the "Workspace" and double-clicking the file,
- Click the "Run" button,
- Change the "Runner" to "C or C++ (Beagle Makefile)" in the "Run Configuration" window,
- Click the new "Run" button in the "Run Configuration" window,
- Type the password "temppwd" and press Enter,
- Click "BeagleBone -> MJPG-Streamer".
Stopping the demo can be done by clicking the "Stop" button in the "Run Configuration" window.
More examples are being created now.
Debian, not Processor SDK or Yocto
The TIDL API library and examples are published and included in TI's Processor SDK, which is essentially a different Linux distribution provided by TI. The BeagleBoard.org provided Debian distribution integrates these same components.
The TIDL API documentation will make numerous references to the Processor SDK and occasional mentions of components like "Matrix" that are not part of our implementation. However, all the parts about the TIDL itself and the components it utilizes, like OpenCL, are still completely accurate as TIDL is integrated into the BeagleBoard.org Debian images.
Many of the integrated components can be found in Robert Nelson's repository of customized Debian packages at:
Getting rid of the monitor and streaming video via the browser
A fork of mjpg-streamer added support for OpenCV-based plugins via C/C++ or Python. This made it easy to not rely on having a local monitor displaying video data often used in popular deep learning models. Our goal is to help you make embedded electronics, not a desktop computer, and this development method much better aligns with our network-based running-on-BeagleBone IDE and self-hosted development tools. The TIDL examples that were previously written for OpenCV GUI output are to be re-written for this project as mjpg-streamer filters.
You can still run the OpenCV GUI demos using the keyboard-monitor-and-mouse approach.
Integration into the Cloud9 IDE
The primary integration components into the Cloud9 IDE are the runner and the Makefile. These tie the distribution implementation into something that can be utilized by a click of the "Run" button. A set of typical libraries and an execution model are setup based on the ".tidl" before the ".cpp" in the filename. All projects are assumed to be only a single source file.
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Example repo: github.com/beagleboard/cloud9-examples