Personal and Ubiquitous Computing

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 21–31 | Cite as

A file system for system programming in ubiquitous computing

  • Christian DeckerEmail author
  • Till Riedel
  • Michael Beigl
  • Albert Krohn
Original Article


In Ubiquitous computing, small embedded sensor and computing nodes are the main enabling technologies. System programming for such small embedded systems is a challenging task involving various hardware components with different characteristics. This paper presents a file system which organizes all computational and sensory functionality of a sensor node as resources in a uniform name space. It further provides a lightweight and uniform access model for all these resources. This mechanism forms an abstraction from different hardware, makes functions re-useable and simplifies the development on such systems. With ParticleFS a concrete file system implementation on a sensor node platform is shown. Application cases demonstrate sensor logging, an interactive shell, executables, a pipe mechanism and remote access capabilities of the ParticleFS.


Particle computer File system Sensor nodes Ubicomp development 



The work presented in this paper was partially funded by the European Community through the project CoBIs (Collaborative Business Items) under contract no. 4270 and by the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands through the BSIK project Smart Surroundings under contract no. 03060.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian Decker
    • 1
    Email author
  • Till Riedel
    • 1
  • Michael Beigl
    • 1
  • Albert Krohn
    • 1
  1. 1.TecO, University of KarlsruheKarlsruheGermany

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