A File System for System Programming in Ubiquitous Computing

  • Christian Decker
  • Michael Beigl
  • Albert Krohn
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3432)


In Ubiquitous computing small embedded sensor and computing nodes are one of the main enabling technologies. System programming for such small embedded systems is a challenging task involving various hardware components with different characteristics. This paper presents a file system for sensor nodes platforms providing a common organization structure and a lightweight and uniform access model for sensors and all other resources on sensor nodes. This mechanism forms an abstraction from different hardware, makes functions re-useable and simplifies the development on such systems. With ParticleFS an file system implementation on a sensor node platform is shown. As an example a telnet application running on sensor nodes was implemented demonstrating the usage of the approach for system programming on such platforms.


Sensor Node File System Ubiquitous Computing Flash Memory External Memory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian Decker
    • 1
  • Michael Beigl
    • 1
  • Albert Krohn
    • 1
  1. 1.Telecooperation Office (TecO)University of KarlsruheKarlsruheGermany

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