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Palpable computing goes open source

The IST project PalCom makes its software architecture available to other IT researchers. For the last four years the project has been working to creating a new concept for pervasive computing – and the results are available to everyone.

explains Simon Bo Larsen, postdoc at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, and one of PalCom’s 100 researchers. He continues: The open source software is the outcome of four years of hard work and now is now available for download via PalCom’s website, http://www.ist-palcom.org. The infrastructure allows compiling programmes for both JAVA and PalCom’s own virtual machine, ‘Pal-VM’. Some of the advantages of the latter are language independence (currently compilers exist for both JAVA and SmallTalk), direct support for resource monitoring and that it can run on small devices, such as the UNC20 module. says Simon Bo Larsen. The toolbox can be downloaded in a binary, “out-of-the-box”-version or with the full source code under the BSD license. PalCom (IST 002057) is a four-year integrated project that is funded by the European Commission. Over 100 researchers and professional developers take part in PalCom. They come from universities and IT companies all over Europe. Read more about PalCom at the project’s web page: http://www.ist-palcom.org

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