The h/w-s/w boundaries blur ever more, as the Stuxnet software worm used to attack the Natanz nuclear facilities demonstrated so well. But the ideas are far from new. In 2003 I designed a stuxnet-style attack on the U.S. (used in the Lior Samson novel, Web Games). In 1968-9, Modern Data published my series on integral hardware-software design, techniques used at Monsanto to design a real-time computer architecture, OS, and extended Fortran as a single system that could run circles around the competition.
I look forward to what comes out of these latest efforts.
Hardware and software Co-design has always been a challenge and a topic for research. At times there is no clear boundary between hardware and software. Hence optimized design with consideration of both hardware and software is really crucial.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.