Boot up program--I can run on this PC

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Fri May 07 2004 - 10:50:44 CDT

We've planned to include this program as part of the boot up process. I
called it "I can run on this PC." We should probably come up with a name
for it.

I discussed this with about a year ago with Bennet Yee, CS Prof at UCSD.
Bennet took a job with Google a few months later so he dropped off an
earlier draft of the University of California proposal. Anyway, Bennet had
written something like this before.

I believe this will be an important tool for getting a range of PCs
certified as opposed to getting one specific configuration certified at a
time.

In short, it will be an extension of power on self tests and the famed
"Logic and Accuracy" tests DREs run. It will check the innards of the PC
and verify that it is capable of running our software correctly and verify
that nothing is in the PC that is not supposed to be there.

I don't think we should call it our "logic and accuracy" test since people
might confuse it with other programs (I think we should investigate what
exactly the L&A tests do so we can make the difference clear to people).

Bennet mentioned another scientist he worked with on this. We may need to
recruit a few people that have expertise in this area.

Alan D.
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