[GLLUG] OSHUG #25 — Is Three (Morse Beacon, Panel Discussion), Thursday 18th April.

Andrew Back andrew at carrierdetect.com
Tue Apr 16 13:21:41 UTC 2013


Apologies for the short notice, but details are below of this month's
OSHUG meeting.




OSHUG #25 — Is Three (Writing AVR Firmware, Panel Discussion)

Thursday 18th April 2013, 18:00 - 20:00 at Centre for Creative
Collaboration, 16 Acton Street, London, WC1X 9NG.

Sponsored by Quick2Wire: http://quick2wire.com/

  Registration: http://oshug.org/event/25

The twenty-fifth meeting marks our third anniversary, and will feature
a talk on writing embedded firmware and a panel discussion that will
explore the future of open source hardware.

- Writing firmware for the AVR: A Morse Code Beacon

In this talk we will look at a number of techniques for making the
most of the miniscule MSP430 and ATTiny embedded microcontrollers.
Explaining how to approach the task of developing software for
constrained systems such as those with only a few hundred bytes of RAM
or a few kilobytes of Flash. Predominantly writing in C and using
Chris Swan's Morse Code Beacon as an example, revealing why code needs
to be structured in ways that may initially seem counter-intuitive or
undesirable, as well as how the resources are used and allocated.

Such techniques are essential for getting almost any useful program to
run in small systems, and when applied to slightly bigger machines
such as the ATmega — found in platforms such as Arduino — they can
allow really comprehensive programs to be executed successfully.

Andy Bennett is an engineer that likes to inhabit the void between
hardware and the software that runs on it. After graduating from
Imperial College with a degree in Electronic & Electrical Engineering,
he joined Access Devices Digital Limited where he designed software
and FPGAs for the UK's first Dual Tuner Personal Video Recorders. He
continued working on Advanced Product Development at Pace Micro
Technology before leaving to build distributed database engines at
GenieDB. One year ago he founded Knodium where he applies his finely
honed ability to produce software on a shoestring.

- Panel discussion: The Future of Open Source Hardware

Interest in open source hardware continues to grow unabated and the
movement has come a long way in the three years since our first
meeting. However, could it ever provide opportunities on the same
scale as those afforded by its much older and now well understood
cousin, open source software? What are the barriers to growth? How are
the intellectual property and economic considerations different to
those of open source software? These are just some of the questions
that we plan to explore as part of this panel discussion.

 * Moderated by: Paul Downey.

Professor Cornelia Boldyreff is Associate Dean in the School of
Computing, Information Technology and Engineering at the University of
East London. She is a Fellow of the BCS and HEA, and a member of the
ACM, BCS Women's Committee and BCS Open Source Specialist Group. She
has over 30 years experience in software engineering and has lead
extensive research within open source software.

Sukkin Pang is a design engineer and a director at SK Pang Electronics
Ltd. He graduated from the University of Hertfordshire and has over 20
years of industrial experience. He is passionate about open source
hardware and has four Arduino shields published. He used to tinker in
assembler on the Z80, 6502, PIC and AVR, but nowadays he mainly uses C
and C++.

Alan Wood originally trained in systems engineering, got lost in
software engineering and open source for a decade, before returning
back to his hardware roots via the open source hardware and makers
movement that has gathered momentum over the last few years.

Nigel Rix is Director of Electronics at the ESP KTN, part of the UK's
innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board. Nigel has over 30
years experience working with a variety high tech companies from
multi-nationals to start-ups and on hardware and software based
products from electron beam lithography and laser systems to solutions
for the security sector.

Note: Please aim to arrive for 18:00 - 18:20 as the event will start
at 18:30 prompt.

  Registration: http://oshug.org/event/25

Andrew Back

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