Raspberry Pi seminar introduces computer system to Lewis

Raspberry Pi seminar introduces computer system to Lewis University

Published: October 8, 2013.

Lewis Universityís Computer Science department offered a seminar for students Oct. 4- 5 about the Raspberry Pi, a Linux-based computer that has been popular in the computer hobbyist community. More than one million of the little pocket-sized computers-on-a-chip were sold last year.

Jayme Speva, an IBM computer specialist and adjunct professor who has taught in the Master of Science in the Information Security program, had students at the seminar perform several laboratory experiments showcasing the many things the device can perform.

The Raspberry Pi is a full-fledged and highly capable computer system that occupies a single circuit board. It has an ARM 11 processor running at 700 MHz, a Videocore 4 graphics-processing unit capable of running HD quality video, 512 MB of RAM, 2 USB ports, an Ethernet port and a GPIO interface to connect with other devices such as microcontrollers and sensors. However, it lacks a protective casing.

ďWith the hardware design, the Pi hearkens back to the dawning of the computer era, when computer scientists had to be so intimately aware of how the machines were wired that they couldnít write computer software without knowing which devices talk to which other devices and how the data had to be packaged to make that communication work,ď Dr. Ray Klump, chair and professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, commented.

Lewis University offers a bachelorís degree in Computer Science as well as minors in Computer Science and in Cyber Security Science. It also co-manages a Master of Science in Information Security, which includes an innovative fast-track program that enables students to earn both a bachelorís and a masterís degree in five years. In addition to receiving personal attention from experienced faculty and learning in an attractive and modern facility, Computer Science students receive plenty of real-world experience, working on service projects for non-profits and taking advantage of numerous internship opportunities. Students acquire both the technical skills and the team-oriented problem-solving strategies necessary for a successful career, through a cutting-edge curriculum and integrated learning opportunities.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.

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