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In this lab, we will learn the basics of optimizing code intended for embedded systems.

Low power modes and code optimization

Fibonacci optimization

The " Reducing Power Consumption " module discusses why it is important to keep power in mind when programming embedded devices. We have yet to consider this while programming the previous labs. Writing efficient code is the first step in improving power consumption, next we can disable all parts of the board that aren't currently being used.

Take the following piece of code: long fibo(int n) { if (n < 2) return n; else return fibo(n-1) + fibo(n-2); } It recursively calculate the nth number in a Fibonacci sequence recursively. Recursion makes this piece of code easier to read, however, it is very inefficient and consumes far more memory than it has to. If you try to compute a large number, say fibo(50) , then it will take much longer and will consume more power than it should.

The original program is very inefficient and wastes memory in several of the ways described in the inefficient Memory Conservation module. Modify the code to eliminate the memory waste and improve the speed of the program. Note that there is a tradeoff between speed and memory (though at first the program is simply gratuitously wasteful). What is the nature of the tradeoff? Assuming the one addition takes one cycle to complete, how long would it take the original code to complete fibo(50) ? How long would it take your new, improved version? Assume that you are only considering the addition operations.

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Low power modes

Modify your project so that the processor remains in one of the low power modes whenever it is not doing any calculations. Wake up from low power mode when a pushbutton interrupt fires, and have your program compute fibo(50) . Output the result to the standard out display. What is the result? (Hint: 12,586,269,025) Make the result is correct number. As soon as the calculation is done, return to low power mode. Make sure to turn on the Red LED while in an idle state.

A number must be small enough to fit in its given type. If it is too large, you may get unpredictable results. Try using a long long for extra huge numbers. If your standard out does not support such large data types then you may have to use bit-wise operations to separate the number into smaller chunks suitable for printing.

Measure the power consumed by the entire device when you are in low power mode and when it is computing something. You may want to have the processor compute something indefinitely, in order to get a more accurate result.

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Questions & Answers

are nano particles real
Missy Reply
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Joseph
Hello, if I study Physics teacher in bachelor, can I study Nanotechnology in master?
Lale Reply
no can't
Lohitha
where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
nanopartical of organic/inorganic / physical chemistry , pdf / thesis / review
Ali
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
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There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
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Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
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Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
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Application of nanotechnology in medicine
has a lot of application modern world
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what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
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ya I also want to know the raman spectra
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what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
Damian
yes that's correct
Professor
I think
Professor
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
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Alexandre
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
Rafiq
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
Damian
How we are making nano material?
LITNING Reply
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LITNING Reply
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
LITNING Reply
What is STMs full form?
LITNING
scanning tunneling microscope
Sahil
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Santosh
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
Mahi
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
Rafiq
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analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
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Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
Hafiz
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
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nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
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Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
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what king of growth are you checking .?
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Source:  OpenStax, Microcontroller and embedded systems laboratory. OpenStax CNX. Feb 11, 2006 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col10215/1.29
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