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The Embedded Revolution

Brian Capouch, Assistant Professor, Computer Science, Saint Joseph's College

Track: Linux
Date: Wednesday, July 25
Time: 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Location: E143-144

The decision by manufacturers of inexpensive commodity DSL, cable, and wireless routers to reduce their software development costs by using Linux has led to a number of Open Source development efforts focused on these platforms. The increasing level of sophistication of the devices allows a wide range of applications to be run on them.

This presentation will focus on the latest "next generation" development efforts of one such project, the kamikaze build of openWRT. This build system features simultaneous generation of binary images for a wide range of products, and a sophisticated package creation system that allows for easy porting of existing applications into the embedded environment.

The session will focus on the Netgear WGT634U platform, and demonstrate its use, in turn, as a telephony server, home automation control center, multi-SSID wireless access router, and telephony-enabled motion detector. The process of firmware image generation and package creation will be discussed and demonstrated.