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High-level Languages for Low-level Systems

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Functional languages such as Haskell provide powerful abstraction facilities, but directly applying these tools to resource-constrained devices is impractical because doing so imposes too much time and/or space overhead. In this talk, I will describe two systems that exploit new language techniques to allow low-level devices to be programmed using Haskell. Flask provides a library of high-level combinators for composing low-level code fragments into programs that run on TelosB motes, which have 16-bit processors and 10K of RAM . Nikola supports both run-time and compile-time generation of GPU code from a first-order language of array computations embedded in Haskell that can communicate seamlessly with CPU computations written in Haskell.

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