Category Archives: Award

DSLab team won the third award of Google Android Development Contest

DSLab team won the third award of Google Android Development Contest.


DSLab team won the first innovative award of “Loongson” CAS open source software contest

DSLab team won the first innovative award and Dr. Zhou Qingguo won “The Best Supervisor Award” of “Loongson” CAS open source software contest

The award ceremony of the first innovative award of “Loongson” CAS open source software contest was held on July 11, 2011 in Beijing, China. More than 300 people take part in the contest and 130+ works were submited. DSLab team won the first award by the work “Stepper Motor Controller”. Dr. Zhou Qingguo received “The Best Supervisor

Award”. Academician Li Guojie, Loongson chief architect Hu Weiwu attend the ceremony.



China Friendship award for 10 years of Free-Software/Open-Source development at Lanzhou University

China Friendship award for 10 years of Free-Software/Open-Source development at Lanzhou University

Prof.Nicholas Mc Guire

Distributed & Embedded System Lab (DSLab)

School of Information Science and Engineering

Lanzhou University .P.R.China

  After receiving the honor of the friendship award, and much being said about what I have been doing, I would like to remind that a friendship has two sides – in this short note I would like to present the “second side”, the many people I met in China and there contribution to this work. Thus, I allow myself to take on this friendship award for all of DSLab, the many people that havesupported it and the free software community of Lanzhou University in general.

A little more than 10 years ago I got an e-mail from a student of Lanzhou University, Qingguo Zhou, posted to the RTLinux mailinglist and asking some questions about MiniRTL – a small Free Software RTOS distribution that I maintained. At that time I was not even aware of Gansu being a province in China let alone that Lanzhou existed – in fact I was completely ignorant of China as a whole. This was going to change quite wildly over the next years!

The first e-mails were quickly answered, discussion started, and quickly the details of the Mossbauer spectroscope became quite interesting, we decided that this work should be presented at the annual Real Time Linux Workshop, the next one was scheduled for November 2000 in Orlando, Florida, USA – but we underestimated the problems of getting a visa and finally had to give up this first presentation – but this exhibited one property of the students in Lanzhou to me, that was to become very important for my work in
Lanzhou – they don’t easily give up! So one year later, Qingguo Zhou makes it to RTLWS3 in Milano 2001.

From then on things developed rapidly, the first personal meeting made it clear that there are a few students interested in free-software and they are eager to learn – the Nerd Lab idea was born and quickly a room was found where interested students could collaborate – – also called the NerdLab was set up. The name stems from the work I was doing in Austria under the name

Projects start to emerge, mailing lists set up, the web-page and the NerdLab starts growing and the activities start becoming better organized (I’m a slightly chaotic person my self – so this really helped), and that was maybe the second characteristic that should become important, the ability to organize things. The NerdLab continued work on RTLinux related ideas, clustering ideas (we actually wanted to build a RTLinux cluster, specified some RT-NTP protocols, etc.) – soon we realized that to further strengthen this work we
should get together and build up the core know-how on embedded and real-time Linux – the idea of holding a summer school popped up and we quickly agreed to do so.

In 2004 I travel to Lanzhou for the first time, for the summer school, 3 weeks of intensive works on clusters – of course GNU/Linux based clusters. I did not expect to find 38 students interested in such a specialized topic – but the class is packed full and we start digging into GNU/Linux, Clusters, MPI… At this first summer school I meet a lot of students that I’m still working with today, some of them PhD candidates, some of them working for companies in China (on GNU/Linux and open-source … I hope) and the one that learned most in this summer school turns out to be me – it changes my view of China quite substantially. The students not only work hard, but they are very pragmatic in there solutions, many of the solutions presented are absolutely not what one would expect from a European student – this exposure to different ways of thinking is very enriching to me.



Heading: Free-software / Open-Source in action

  After the summer school completed, it was not really a question to me that I would be back for another summer school, we start discussing possibilities of collaborating even more tightly and the idea of moving the NerdLab to a more scientific Distributed and Embedded Systems Lab is born – DSLab is started and we get to work on embedded and real-time Linux systems. Many of the students involved in these projects
have contributed important ideas to our work, and I think this open-minded environment is the most important thing to me personally. Not only the students proof to be open-minded also the administration of Lanzhou University. Most notable without the continuous support and encouragement from Prof. Li Lian I think most of this would not have happened – I sometimes wonder if this development would have ever
been possible at a European university – I doubt it.

DSLab quickly starts moving; we submit some of our ideas to the IBM Power Challenge, first time we don’t make it, but as mentioned students don’t give up easily, they try the next year and this time we go into the finals.


Heading: Team work is the essence to success

  This is maybe the starting point were we actually had the confidence that we know what we are doing – a series of publications starts to emerge from DSLab, more and more students join in – from many different disciplines. In this atmosphere of interdisciplinary work on free-software/open-source not only do many ideas get realized but also my understanding of the way things work in China improves (though slowly).

In 2006 the Real Time Linux Workshop came to Lanzhou University, with quite a few foreign experts joining in. This not only was a great motivation for DSLab but hopefully showed to all of Lanzhou University what potential lies in Free-Software and Open-Source. The Free-software community around GNU/Linux is an open-minded and patient (…well most of the time) group of developers that are open to Chinas academic researchers and students joining in. I hope that DSLab and my work there can contribute to China’s creative potential being unleashed in the form of FLOSS contributions.



Heading: The key to the future is communication and discussion

  I have met many people in China – quite a few of which I now refer to as friend – what started out with a few e-mails about RTLinux embedded systems, and a Mossbauer spectroscope has moved on to a team at DSLab, supported by SISE, and providing a creative academic environment for ideas to be born and perused. I enjoy ever stay in Lanzhou, in the mean time I have been there more than 20 times and I hope that there will be an opportunity to stay there for a longer time and work intensively with this hard-working (hard-headed) bunch at DSLab and Lanzhou University.

One thing that really struck me here in Lanzhou was the enormous diversity one can find here within the student body. After summer school 2006 had completed Dr. Zhou told me that we had students from almost all provinces in the class room – and that really explained to me why so many different characteristics could be observed – taking the size of China into account, that is not too surprising. The creative potential of Chinese students I would speculate really stems from there diverse backgrounds – diversity at the social, ethnic religious level – all of which forms a person on his way through life.

China faces many challenges, ecological, social and economic – I hope that the work of DSLab has contributed to all these fields and we will continue at DSLab to emphasis students ecological and social responsibilities along the way. Chin’s progress in the past 30 years is very impressive, at the same time events like the earthquake in 2008 show how quickly things can change and how brittle a society can become within seconds. If China can manage to transform the tension, that lie between diversity and unity, into creativity rather than conflict, then truly I can imagine that the 21st century will be shaped to a large extent by China.

Finally I would like to express my thanks to Prof. Li Lian and Dr. Zhou Qingguo, without there continuous support, hard work and theenvironment they provided not much of what I have been part of here would have happened.

Prof. Nicholas McGuire Received Friendship Award in Beijing during China’s 60th Birthday Festival

Just before China’s 60th Birthday Festival on October 1st, 2009, the Chinese government on September 29th conferred the Friendship Award, the country’s highest award for foreign experts, to 100 foreigners for their contribution to its economic and social development.

Prof. Nicholas McGuire, the CUIYING Guest Professor of Lanzhou University, China, is one of the 100 awardees this year. Lanzhou University is located in Gansu Province, northwest of China, which is the underdeveloped area of China. Nicholas has been working there since 2004. He has donated a great number of devices and books there and helped to build up the Engineering Research Center of Open-Source Software and Real-Time Operating System, the Distributed and Embedded System Lab and the School of Information Science and Engineering. He has held Summer School about Open-Source Software, Real-Time and Embedded Systems annually since 2004, from which hundreds of students and teachers have benefited. Meanwhile, he also has tried his best to establish and expand communication between Lanzhou University and oversea universities, companies, institutes, etc. He is honoured the award by his great and selfless contribution to China.

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang gave a medal and certificate to each of 100 experts from 28 different countries at a ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in downtown Beijing.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on September 30th met with those awardees and their relatives. Premier Wen thanked them on behalf of the Chinese government and the people, for their great contribution to China’s modernization.

About 480,000 foreign experts came to work in China in 2008, compared with fewer than 10,000 at the end of the 1980s. And China has conferred Friendship Award to 1,099 foreign experts since it began in 1991.


Director,Associate Researcher

Distributed & Embedded System Lab (DSLab)

School of Information Science and Engineering

Lanzhou University .P.R.China

Tianshui South Road 222. Lanzhou 730000





DSLab’s two projects have won the Challenge CUP

DSLab’s two projects have won the Challenge CUP


The evening of May 20, Gansu Province, the seventh “Challenge Cup” competition’s awards assembly was hold in the Yuzhong District Lecture Hall C302 .

DSLab’s two project “Xianglong Wireless Server Based On Solar Energy” and “TinyCNC Embedded Numerical Control System” have won the First Prize and Second Prize.

Sandstorm Team Won the 1st runner-up in the Final Contest in 2006 Power University Designing Contest

The Sandstorm Team Won the 1st runner-up in the Final Contest in 2006 Power University Designing Contest in the Shanghai on the Oct. 15, 2006. There are ten teams joining the final contest, which come from Peking University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, ZheJiang University, Xi’an Jiao Tong University, North China University of Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and Lanzhou University. The Drum Workroom team which from Xi’an Jiao Tong University and the EPIOD team from Peking University win the champion and the 2nd Runner-up respectively.




DSLab wins IBM Real Time Innovation Award

DSLab has been selected as an award recipient for the proposal “Open-Source Real-Time Hypervisor for PPC” in IBM Real-time Innovation Award on Dec 3 2007

Three teams enter to the final contest and awarded of Innovation Award and the excellence mentor in 2007 Power University Designing Contest

The final of the second IBM China Power Architecture Design Competition have came to end at Shanghai Jiaotong University on December 12, 2007. We have three teams enter to the final and awarded of Innovation Award and the excellence mentor. After six months of intense rivalries, a total of 23 team from the University of Shanghai Jiaotong University, Beijing University, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Northeastern University, South China University of Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Hunan University, Lanzhou University, Wuhan University (in no particular order)and Huizhou Tianmin Technology Development Co., Ltd enter to the final. In the end Innovation Award by Lanzhou University and Shanghai Jiaotong University received. The top three were from Shanghai Jiaotong University, Beijing University and South China University of Technology student team. Excellence mentor Awards were given Lanzhou University, and Shanghai Jiaotong University.