A Remotely Accessible Embedded Systems Laboratory

A Remotely Accessible Embedded Systems Laboratory

Steve Murray (The University of Technology Sydney, Australia) and Vladimir Lasky (The University of Technology Sydney, Australia)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 19
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-735-5.ch015
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Abstract

To teach modern embedded systems including operating systems in a meaningful way, a moderately sophisticated processor is required to demonstrate many key concepts, such as multitasking, multithreading, a structured and abstracted hardware management layer, communications utilising various protocols over network interfaces, and memory resident file systems. Unfortunately, high-end 32-bit embedded systems processors capable of supporting these facilities are expensive compared to conventional 8-bit and 16-bit targets, and it is not feasible to acquire a large number of them to house in a laboratory in an effort to enable practical exercises for over 100 students. This chapter describes the development and use of a remotely accessible embedded systems laboratory that uses a small number of 32-bit development systems and makes them available to students over the Internet.

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