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Putting a Slug to Work
March/April 2009 (vol. 11 no. 2)
pp. 62-68
Konstantin Läufer, Loyola University Chicago
George K. Thiruvathukal, Loyola University Chicago
Ryohei Nishimura, Loyola University Chicago
Carlos Ramírez Martínez-Eiroa, Loyola University Chicago
In this article, the authors explore various uses of inexpensive embedded Linux devices such as the Linksys NSLU2 ("slug"). Embedded computing is a topic of growing interest. Although novel architectures such as cell processors, graphics processors (GPUs), and FPGAs are growing in popularity, conventional microproessor designs such as Intel's Xscale (ARM) and Atom pack a punch in a small footprint, not to mention being widely supported by commodity operating system and development tools. We're convinced that this entire space is a tool worth keeping in the scientific programmer's and software developer's toolchests.

1. G.K. Thiruvathukal and K. Läufer, "What I Did on My Summer Vacation," Computing in Science &Eng., vol. 10, no. 6, 2008, pp. 76–81.

Index Terms:
Scientific programming, slug, NSLU2, embedded systems, distributed systems
Citation:
Konstantin Läufer, George K. Thiruvathukal, Ryohei Nishimura, Carlos Ramírez Martínez-Eiroa, "Putting a Slug to Work," Computing in Science and Engineering, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 62-68, March-April 2009, doi:10.1109/MCSE.2009.35
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