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On Wednesday, March the 10th from 15:30 tot 17:30, Lars Bak presented a lecture entitled "Resilient: Making Embedded Systems Serviceable" at the University of Antwerp. After the lecture there was a small reception, sponsored by the "Vlaams Software Platform", to allow some discussions with your colleagues and the guest speaker.
Slides of the presentation can be downloaded in pdf.
More resources on the design and implementation of virtual machines for object oriented languages can be found at http://www.daimi.au.dk/~ups/OOVM/.
- Wednesday,March, 10th, 2004
- University of Antwerp - Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Building G - Aula G010
This event is sponsored by the "Vlaams Software Platform" (VSP).
The VSP stimulates innovation in the Flemish software engineering industry.
It clusters industry, universities and research centers to promote networking,
cooperation and information sharing. Among others, the VSP organises a series
of events, including one or more lectures followed by a cocktail
to stimulate some social contacts between its members.
More information about the VSP can be found at http://www.vsp-vzw.org.
- About the Lecture
Developing software for embedded systems has until now been very
static. Source code, written in C, is compiled and linked on the
development platform and the resulting binary image is transferred
onto the device. In an industry where robustness is paramount and
dynamic software updates are required, this is simply not good enough.
This presentation will describe a new approach to developing software
for embedded devices. At the bottom of the software stack we have
replaced the operating system with a object-oriented virtual machine.
Scheduler, interrupt handlers, device drivers, networking code and
application software are executing on top of this virtual machine.
We will discuss some of the design decisions behind this dynamic, lean
and mean system for embedded devices. This approach solves many of the
existing problems, allowing dynamic software updates and full
We will conclude with a demonstration of the Resilient programming
environment and embedded platform.
(For those of you who cannot make it on wednesday, the same lecture will be
repeated on friday, march 12th at the
Computer Science Department of the Universite Libre de Bruxelles).
- About the speaker
Lars is a technology industry veteran with more than 15 years
experience in virtual machine technology, product engineering and
management. Prior to founding OOVM in 2002, Lars was the main architect
of the Java HotSpot virtual machine at Sun Microsystems, Inc., a highly
successful product with more than 50 million installations worldwide. At
Sun, Lars was also the main architect of the CLDC HotSpot virtual
machine, a new high-performance system for mobile phones. Lars holds a
MS degree in Computer Science and is inventor on numerous patents within
virtual machine technology.
More information about OOVM (the company) and Resilient (the embedded software platform) can be found at
More information about previous virtual machine projects
- About the University of Antwerp - Seminar on Computer Science
Each year, the University of Antwerp invites a number of experts in the field of Computer Science, to give a presentation about their work, in order to expose students to new and emerging trends. For already the third consecutive year now, we organize some of these seminars in conjunction with two associated institutions, namely the "Hogeschool Antwerpen" en the "Karel De Grote Hogeschool". As such, we aim to foster cross-fertilization between the closely related fields of ICT and Computer Science. This year, the seminar will be organized as a series of lectures around the topics "Software Engineering" and "Databases".
The scheduled seminars for the year 2003-2004 is available at http://www.lore.ua.ac.be/Teaching/Sem2LIC.