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We explore the challenges for making the programming interfaces for embedded devices open and safe, and present a prototype architecture for delivering verified programs using barcodes. In particular, we consider programs for microwave ovens, which provide a basic open API for controlling cooking times. In our architecture, recipes are written in Java, and their safety properties are formally verified using the model checker Spin. We use off-the-shelf utilities for compressing the byte code, and use two-dimensional barcodes for program delivery. We report on experiments that demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed architecture for predictability and delivery.
programmability of embedded devices, code delivery, active barcodes, formal verification
Goodloe, Alwyn; McDougall, Michael; Gunter, Carl A.; and Alur, Rajeev, "Predictable Programs in Barcodes" (2002). Departmental Papers (CIS). Paper 200.
Date Posted: 13 December 2005