Re: Boot up program--I can run on this PC

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Fri May 07 2004 - 12:04:51 CDT

Others (Liam?) made a similar suggestion earlier. How about
"Hardware and firmware configuration acceptance testing" or some
such. That's what it really is.

Best regards,

At 8:50 AM -0700 5/7/04, Alan Dechert wrote:
>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
>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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