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Dynamic TinyOS: Modular and Transparent Incremental Code-Updates for Sensor Networks

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Executive Summary

Long-term deployments of sensor networks in physically inaccessible environments make remote re-programmability of sensor nodes a necessity. Ranging from full image replacement to virtual machines, a variety of mechanisms exist today to deploy new software or to fix bugs in deployed systems. However, TinyOS - the current state of the art sensor node operating system - is still limited to full image replacement as nodes execute a statically-linked system-image generated at compilation time. In this paper, the authors introduce Dynamic TinyOS to enable the dynamic exchange of software components and thus incrementally update the operating system and its applications.

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