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MPLR 2019
Sun 20 - Fri 25 October 2019 Athens, Greece
co-located with SPLASH 2019
Mon 21 Oct 2019 12:00 - 12:30 at Room 1 - Virtual machines

It is extremely hard and time-consuming to make correct and efficient programs for micro-controllers. Usually micro-controllers are programmed in a low level programming language such as C which makes them hard to debug and maintain. To raise the abstraction level, many high level programming languages have provided support for programming micro-controllers. Examples include Python, Lua, C#and JavaScript. Using these languages has the downside that they are orders of magnitude slower than the low-level languages. Moreover, they often provide no remote debugging support. In this talk we investigate the feasibility of using WebAssembly to program Arduino compatible micro-controllers.Our experiments lead to extending the standard WebAssembly VM with: 1) safe live code updates for functions and data 2) remote debugging support at the VM level 3) programmer configurable (Arduino) modules in order to keep the virtual machine’s footprint as small as possible. The resulting WARDuino VM enables the programmer to have better performance than an interpreted approach while simultaneously increasing the ease of development.To evaluate our approach, we implemented a simple break-out game and conducted micro benchmarks which show that the VM runs approximately 5 times faster than Espruino, a popular JavaScript interpreter for the ESP32 micro-controller.

https://dl.acm.org/authorize?N696007
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Mon 21 Oct

mplr-2019-papers
11:00 - 12:30: MPLR 2019 - Virtual machines at Room 1
mplr-2019-papers11:00 - 11:30
Talk
Raphael MosanerJohannes Kepler University Linz, David LeopoldsederJohannes Kepler University Linz, Manuel RiggerETH Zurich, Roland SchatzJohannes Kepler University Linz, Hanspeter MössenböckJKU Linz, Austria
Pre-print
mplr-2019-papers11:30 - 12:00
Talk
Fabio NiephausHasso Plattner Institute, University of Potsdam, Tim FelgentreffOracle Labs, Potsdam, Robert HirschfeldHasso-Plattner-Institut (HPI), Germany
DOI Pre-print
mplr-2019-papers12:00 - 12:30
Talk
Robbert Gurdeep SinghUniversiteit Gent, Belgium, Christophe ScholliersUniversiteit Gent, Belgium
DOI Authorizer link Pre-print