Packaging A Robot To A Jar from the Command Line?
Sounds cool, I'd be curious to see what you come up with! But yes, Raspberry Pi is very slow if you're planning on actually running battles there. BerryBots single-threaded runs 20x-30x faster on my 2009 MacBook Pro than on stock Raspberry Pi. Also, last I checked, Java is a huge headache on the Raspberry Pi, but maybe that's improved by now.
Good luck next week! :-)
I looked at getting it running on my PI a few months ago but the latest Raspbian distro has java pre-installed. I've not tried it yet but I imagine it will be fine. And yes I know the PI is really low powered, it will make up for it in the amount of time I can just leave it slowly churning away while I am out of the house. I don't like leaving my 500w desktop running while I'm not around. The PI uses about 5 watts of power, but I don't think its 100 times less powerful ...
Anyway, if you get one running, you can buy another 10 for less than a single desktop and have your own PI rumble server farm! ;)
But for the cost of 20, I got a quad-core Core i7 with 16 gigs of RAM. :-) So I can run 5-6 threads, each 20x faster than the Pi.
If you're curious, there was some talk on Raspberry Pi about some of the issues people hit, though who knows how much has changed in a year+.
But where would the fun be in having a single desktop when you can legitimately tell people you have a server farm in your front room? He he he! ;)