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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

Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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