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Pages: 2887-2890
Publication year: 2015
ISBN: 978-84-606-5763-7
ISSN: 2340-1079

Conference name: 9th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 2-4 March, 2015
Location: Madrid, Spain

LOW COST THIN CLIENTS FOR LABORATORY VIRTUALIZATION

In this work, a low cost thin client to virtualize a laboratory is presented. A credit card-sized single-board computer developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation is used in order to promote the teaching of basic computer science in schools.

A Raspberry is a low cost computer based on the Broadcom BCM2835 system on a chip, which includes an ARM1176JZF-S 700 MHz processor, VideoCore GPU, with 512 MB RAM. Also, the system has Digital Secure for boot media and persistent storage.

This computer runs an operating system based on Linux and we use an Epiphany web browser to run VNC clients using an Opennebula application for virtualizing hosts called Sunstone. Virtual machines run in the cloud and every student access them using vnc protocolos and visualize the results in a front-end web.

The aim of this work is the use of this computer for learning optics technologies and computer services within the scope of subjects that are currently taught in the studies of Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Jaen.

We offer an Infrastructure as a service to students (IaaS) using a Opennebula cloud. The IaaS is based on the outsourcing of data processing machines and storage model.

The proposed student station consists of a computer, a monitor, a keyboard and a mouse whose total cost is 150 euros approximately. This represents a significant saving compared to a traditional station (around 800 euros). The maintenance of this simpler equipment is lower, requiring fewer technical hours and therefore, lower costs for the academic institution.

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@InProceedings{PPRADO2015LOW,
author = {P. Prado, R. and Rodriguez Reche, R. and L{\'{o}}pez L{\'{o}}pez, L.R. and Garc{\'{i}}a Gal{\'{a}}n, S. and Mu{\~n}oz Exposito, J.E.},
title = {LOW COST THIN CLIENTS FOR LABORATORY VIRTUALIZATION},
series = {9th International Technology, Education and Development Conference},
booktitle = {INTED2015 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-606-5763-7},
issn = {2340-1079},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Madrid, Spain},
month = {2-4 March, 2015},
year = {2015},
pages = {2887-2890}}
TY - CONF
AU - R. P. Prado AU - R. Rodriguez Reche AU - L.R. López López AU - S. García Galán AU - J.E. Muñoz Exposito
TI - LOW COST THIN CLIENTS FOR LABORATORY VIRTUALIZATION
SN - 978-84-606-5763-7/2340-1079
PY - 2015
Y1 - 2-4 March, 2015
CI - Madrid, Spain
JO - 9th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
JA - INTED2015 Proceedings
SP - 2887
EP - 2890
ER -
R. P. Prado, R. Rodriguez Reche, L.R. López López, S. García Galán, J.E. Muñoz Exposito (2015) LOW COST THIN CLIENTS FOR LABORATORY VIRTUALIZATION, INTED2015 Proceedings, pp. 2887-2890.
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