Embedded Linux, Rose-Hulman

From eLinux.org
Revision as of 09:05, 10 September 2013 by Yoder (Talk | contribs) (Weekly Status Memos: Moved to own page)

Jump to: navigation, search

thumb‎ Embedded Linux Class by Mark A. Yoder



This Wiki is about a college-level embedded processor class being taught using the BeagleBoard. It's being taught by Professor Mark A. Yoder in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Rose is a small, private, undergraduate engineering school that focuses on undergraduate education.

A major part of the class is learning how to work with and leverage off of the open source community. The course requires a major project which will either significantly contribute to an existing open source project, or launch a new one.

If you teach a similar course, I'd like to hear from you. ECE497 Instructor Guide explains the various choices I made in what to cover in the course, which distribution to use, etc.

Here (Category:ECE497) is a list of all the pages I've posted on eLinux for this class. Take a look at it.

Here's the official description of the course.

Course Description

ECE 497 32-bit Embedded Linux 4R-0L-4C S Pre: Consent of instructor

  • Brief introduction to Linux on a 32-bit embedded processor.
  • Detailed study of what happens from power up to fully running X-Windows.
  • Adapting Linux to a given application including: boot time reduction, power management and root filesystem support.
  • Streaming media on an embedded processor.
  • Using a DSP co-processor to improve performance.

Design project. Previous Linux experience not required, but helpful. C programming, operating system and hardware experience required.

Calendar and Exercises

This is a dynamic course, so the calendar may change as we discover interesting new things. It will be updated as we go. You can see it here: ECE497 Calendar and Exercises


We'll be using the text Embedded Linux Primer, by Christopher Hallinan, 2nd edition, published by Pearson Prentice Hall.

The text is not Beagle specific; rather, it pulls examples from many embedded processors. It has many listings which detail the outputs from various processors. One of your tasks will be to reproduce the listing for the BeagleBoard.


Grades in the class aren't based on the traditional homework and exams; rather, they are based on some daily exercises ECE497 Calendar and Exercises, a couple of minor projects and a major Beagle-based project and your portfolio. The projects will be done with teams of 2 or 3 people. We have people in the class with strong embedded backgrounds and others with strong Linux background. The goal is to have teams include complementary skills.

Your portfolio is a collection of what you, as an individual, have contributed to the community and the team.

Labs and Exercises 25%
Mini Projects 25%
Project 40%
Giving to Community 10 %

The Calendar gives the due dates. I'll give a reward to being early and 10% per day penalty for being late. You must complete all the exercises to pass the course.

Weekly Status Memos

A Weekly Status Memo is due on Monday of each week. See ECE497_Weekly_Status_Memos for details.

thumb‎ Embedded Linux Class by Mark A. Yoder