Building a MIPS netbook  with educational content
Agenda <ul><li>MIPS
Loongson
Why MIPS & Loongson
R&D
Principles
Software
Chinese school solution
Business benefits
Wrap up </li></ul>
MIPS <ul><li>M icroprocessor without  I nterlocked  P ipeline  S tages
Design started in 1981
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Fred Muller - Building Amips Netbook

  1. 1. Building a MIPS netbook with educational content
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>MIPS
  3. 3. Loongson
  4. 4. Why MIPS & Loongson
  5. 5. R&D
  6. 6. Principles
  7. 7. Software
  8. 8. Chinese school solution
  9. 9. Business benefits
  10. 10. Wrap up </li></ul>
  11. 11. MIPS <ul><li>M icroprocessor without I nterlocked P ipeline S tages
  12. 12. Design started in 1981
  13. 13. R educed I nstruction S et C omputing pioneer
  14. 14. Basic concept: increase performance through the use of deep instruction pipelines (successive instructions can overlap in execution)
  15. 15. Early '90s MIPS started to license their design
  16. 16. First 2 releases of Windows NT available for MIPS
  17. 17. Through the '90s embedded market adoption and supercomputing
  18. 18. Loongson marks the return to the desktop </li></ul>
  19. 19. Loongson <ul><li>First Chinese general purpose CPU developed since 2002
  20. 20. Developed at the Institute of Computing Technology (ICT), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
  21. 21. Chief architect is Professor Weiwu Hu
  22. 22. Produced by ST Microelectronics
  23. 23. Current version is revision 2 </li><ul><li>64-bit capability
  24. 24. Up to 1 GHz
  25. 25. Little-endian MIPS III-compatible ISA
  26. 26. Max power 4 W at 1 GHz </li></ul><li>Rev. 3 available this month (4 core, server oriented)
  27. 27. Rev. 2G bring 30% speed increment and x86 hardware emulation </li></ul>
  28. 28. Why MIPS & Loongson? <ul><li>Non x86 compatible = doesn't support Windows
  29. 29. Low power consumption
  30. 30. Bring competition to 2 monopolistic companies
  31. 31. Endorses Open Source
  32. 32. In line with our principles </li></ul>
  33. 33. Research and Development <ul><li>Started end of 2007, Gdium available early 2009
  34. 34. Casing design by a Chinese company in Shanghai
  35. 35. Board design by Lemote
  36. 36. SMT, assembly, etc by a Taiwanese company
  37. 37. Operating System by Mandriva
  38. 38. UI design and machine specificities by Dexxon/Emtec
  39. 39. Online platform specific to markets
  40. 40. Content building by teachers and specialists
  41. 41. No hard disk, only removable Solid State Drive (16 GB) </li><ul><li>Ease of maintenance
  42. 42. Unit shareable by several users </li></ul><li>16 W total consumption </li></ul>
  43. 43. Principles <ul><li>Provide access to knowledge to as many as possible </li><ul><li>Low cost machine
  44. 44. Low consumption machine
  45. 45. Internet helps to spread, share, enhance content </li></ul><li>Adapt to local culture </li><ul><li>Operating System
  46. 46. Applications
  47. 47. Content
  48. 48. Training
  49. 49. Manufacturing </li></ul></ul>
  50. 50. Software <ul><li>Current solution </li><ul><li>Mandriva
  51. 51. Idesk
  52. 52. Metacity(GNOME)
  53. 53. Lxpanel (LXDE)
  54. 54. Metacity (GNOME)
  55. 55. Nautilus (GNOME) </li></ul><li>Retail version </li><ul><li>55 educational applications
  56. 56. Highly reliant on having an Internet
  57. 57. Tabbed based UI with G-desklets (widgets...)
  58. 58. Content available @ Gdium.com </li></ul></ul>
  59. 59. Chinese School solution <ul><li>Still Mandriva based </li><ul><li>Highly customized
  60. 60. Looking at local distributions </li><ul><li>Better local language support
  61. 61. Support, pricing, etc better tailored to local market </li></ul></ul><li>Limited set of applications </li><ul><li>Easier for teachers
  62. 62. Focused on what works well in Chinese </li></ul><li>Classroom server </li><ul><li>Replicated online content
  63. 63. Classroom management
  64. 64. Simple admin tasks
  65. 65. Intranet services (email, blog, wiki, CMS, etc) </li></ul><li>20 units Suitcase for mobile classroom (with wifi router) </li></ul>
  66. 66. Business benefits <ul><li>Low cost and shareable hardware
  67. 67. Self-service kiosks
  68. 68. Provide books and content on the removable USB disk
  69. 69. Software is free and shareable
  70. 70. Content is free and shareable
  71. 71. Any project all the money goes to the hardware
  72. 72. Donated machines don't get reinstalled
  73. 73. Free software is good for the local economy </li><ul><li>Locally owned company make software
  74. 74. Licensing biz is dying, focus on (customer) service
  75. 75. Develop local competence (vs outsourcing) </li></ul><li>Content usable at school or/and at home (for everyone) </li></ul>
  76. 76. What's next / wrap up <ul><li>The project is more than just a netbook
  77. 77. Good example of usage of FOSS in business
  78. 78. I have questions! </li><ul><li>ICT Status in Vietnamese school curriculum
  79. 79. Status of Open Source in Education in Vietnam
  80. 80. Any specific Vietnamese Educational application?
  81. 81. NGO work on IT in Education </li></ul><li>Attend the next talk about FOSS deployment in Schools </li></ul>
  82. 82. Thank you
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