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Graphical Interface for Measuring the Effect of Cosmic Radiation on Computer Memory
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Computing Science.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

When protons or neutrons pass through computer memory, there is a small risk that they turn a 1 into a 0, or vice versa. At flight altitudes, there is a lot of neutron and proton radiation and the risk of a bit flip is high. Therefore, computer memory needs to be tested to see what types work best in radiating environments. The process for such testing requires test equipment, and the test equipment needs a computer interface.

This report describes an interface design and its development, including the methods, the process and the final result. The methods used were, among others, the iterative design process, design patterns and lo-fi prototyping. The design and development process covers not only the sketches and the thought process surrounding them, but also a week of first-hand experience in the test laboratory. The final result is a new graphical user interface for the test program.


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, UMNAD, 933
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-64468OAI: diva2:601483
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SAAB Communication
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Master of Science Programme in Interaction Technology and Design - Engineering
Available from: 2013-01-29 Created: 2013-01-29 Last updated: 2013-01-29Bibliographically approved

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