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Author Casini, Marco ♦ Prattichizzo, Domenico ♦ Vicino, Antonio
Source CiteSeerX
Content type Text
File Format PDF
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Remote Laboratory ♦ Bootable Device ♦ Physical Process ♦ Software Reinstallation ♦ New Process ♦ Software Failure ♦ Distance Learning ♦ Laboratory Administrator ♦ Software Maintenance ♦ Heavy Task ♦ Server Side ♦ Remote Laboratory Inefficiency ♦ Entire Laboratory ♦ Abstract Remote Laboratory ♦ Automatic Control Telelab ♦ Faster Way ♦ Complementary Tool ♦ Increased Availability ♦ Engineering Education ♦ Hardware Software Failure ♦ Index Term Bootable Live Device ♦ Hardware Device ♦ Practical Experiment ♦ Theoretical Notion
Abstract Abstract—Remote laboratories are laboratories where the hardware devices are accessible through the Internet 24 h a day for running experiments on physical processes. These laboratories are commonly used as complementary tools in engineering education, allowing students to integrate theoretical notions with practical experiments without the necessity of being physically present inside a laboratory. The increased availability of experiments in a remote laboratory is certainly an advantage for students, but it implies an increase of the probability of hardware and software failures. Thus, maintaining physical processes in a remote laboratory may become a heavy task for laboratory administrators. Remote laboratory inefficiency due to hardware and software maintenance can be certainly reduced if the time that is required for software reinstallation and/or upgrade is kept as short as possible. In this paper, a technique based on the use of a bootable (live) device on the server side of a remote laboratory is reported. This solution, which, in principle, can be used in almost any remote laboratory, allows an administrator to greatly reduce the time that is needed to fix a hardware/software failure, as well as to add a new process to the laboratory in a faster way. Moreover, the use of such a tool will also increase the reliability of the entire laboratory. The application of the proposed method to the “Automatic Control Telelab, ” which is a remote laboratory that was developed at the University of Siena, is also described in detail. Index Terms—Bootable live device, distance learning, remote laboratories.
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study