Insights into Transforming a Linux Wireless Device Driver to Run on a Bare Machine

William Agosto-Padilla, Ramesh Karne, Alexander Wijesinha

Abstract

Developing device drivers is often tedious and error-prone. Drivers for bare machine applications that run without an OS have been previously written by directly using specification documents. Transformation is an alternate approach that attempts to develop a bare machine driver by using existing code for an OS driver. We investigate the transformation of a Broadcom Linux 802.11n wireless device driver to a bare machine driver. As a first step towards understanding the transformation, we study the functions and OS dependencies of the Linux driver. The driver module is analyzed by examining its interaction with other modules, providing details of its key elements and code sizes, and by comparing code sizes with its counterpart Windows driver. We also discuss design issues that will be useful for developing device drivers that are independent of any operating system, kernel, or embedded system.

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in Harvard Style

Agosto-Padilla W., Karne R. and Wijesinha A. (2015). Insights into Transforming a Linux Wireless Device Driver to Run on a Bare Machine . In Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Evaluation of Novel Approaches to Software Engineering - Volume 1: ENASE, ISBN 978-989-758-100-7, pages 295-300. DOI: 10.5220/0005470002950300


in Bibtex Style

@conference{enase15,
author={William Agosto-Padilla and Ramesh Karne and Alexander Wijesinha},
title={Insights into Transforming a Linux Wireless Device Driver to Run on a Bare Machine},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Evaluation of Novel Approaches to Software Engineering - Volume 1: ENASE,},
year={2015},
pages={295-300},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0005470002950300},
isbn={978-989-758-100-7},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Evaluation of Novel Approaches to Software Engineering - Volume 1: ENASE,
TI - Insights into Transforming a Linux Wireless Device Driver to Run on a Bare Machine
SN - 978-989-758-100-7
AU - Agosto-Padilla W.
AU - Karne R.
AU - Wijesinha A.
PY - 2015
SP - 295
EP - 300
DO - 10.5220/0005470002950300