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Putting a Slug to Work
Computing in Science and Engineering
  • Konstantin Läufer, Loyola University Chicago
  • George K. Thiruvathukal, Loyola University Chicago
  • Ryohei Nishimura
  • Carlos Ramirez Martinez-Eiroa
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
3-1-2009
Pages
62-68
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Abstract

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.

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Citation Information
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, Mar./Apr. 2009, doi:10.1109/MCSE.2009.35