Plug Computing Primer

Bryan Smith (Fossetcon)
Hardware
Location: D135
Average rating: ****.
(4.56, 16 ratings)

The speech would be segmented as follows:

Introduction of the Sheeva CPU
More I/O than imagined
Practical Applications and Impractical Applications
OS Compatibility
Actual Power Consumption
Booting the Sheevaplug
Benchmarking
The future of Plug Computing

I will discuss the fine points and rough edges of the Sheevaplug and my experiences with the device over the past year. This device always
brings smile to people’s face, as it tends to reel the mind with its usage potential. I will also provide a power consumption chart to compare its power consumption with other servers and thin client devices.

This device can be used for nearly anything you use your current computer for in the Linux/Unix infrastructure. I’ll outline many of the usage scenarios and share my experience therein.

I will speak thoroughly but briefly about the I/O of this device, because it is really a STRONG selling point of the unit. I’ll show other interesting projects and give credit to those who have deployed these units in commercial space and personal projects.

During the presentation I’ll boot the device from several different medium to show the speed at which it boots and its versatility as a server/desktop/embedded platform.

The device is wonderful but there are many caveats and things to avoid while exploring the Sheevaplug. I’m not selling this device so I will give the most accurate, spin free presentation as possible.

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Bryan Smith

Fossetcon

Bryan A Smith is a Debian Gnu/Linux and BSD enthusiast, hardware hacker and Systems Engineer. Bryan has used Open Source Operating Systems since the days of Red Hat 5 Hurricane.

He contributes to several Open Source projects and has helped launch several startup ISP’s based in his area using Open Source software as a framework.

Bryan is currently the Program Director for Fossetcon Fossetcon – Free and Open Source Software Expo and Technology Conference

Bryan spends his free time organizing Fossetcon, administering his free shell server, advocating Open Source, proctoring BSD Associate Certification, writing poetry and playing Bossa Nova and Flamenco guitar.

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Federico Lucifredi
07/26/2010 6:45pm PDT

Bryan, any chance for the slides? I have missed your session :)

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Jeffrey Osier-Mixon
07/23/2010 11:21pm PDT

Bryan’s energy and presence are amazing. I want to see him give a keynote about embedded Linux programming next year.

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Kelly Davis
07/21/2010 8:26pm PDT

One of the best presentations – very fun and interesting stuff.

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Ricardo Signes
07/21/2010 4:04pm PDT

This was great! Bryan was really full of energy and excited about the topic, and made me want to go buy one of these things right away and get to work.

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