Yesterday, Bootlin co-organized and participated to the first edition of Live Embedded Event, a new online conference dedicated to embedded systems topics. In addition to co-organizing the event, we also gave four different talks at this conference, and we are happy to share the slides and videos of our talks.
The following video was presented during the introduction keynote of the event, where each sponsor and co-organizer could say a few words.
An overview of the Linux kernel and user-space graphics stack
As we announced back in October, Bootlin has participated to the organization of a new online conference around embedded systems: Live Embedded Event, which will take place on December 3. The registration is totally free, and the event will propose 4 tracks throughout the day, covering a wide range of topics. We encourage you to register and participate to the event!
Bootlin is not only co-organizing the event, but also has 4 talks that have been accepted:
An overview of the Linux and user-space graphics stack, by Paul Kocialkowski, Bootlin’s multimedia expert and author of our Linux Graphics training course. Talk abstract: Graphics with the Linux kernel is often perceived as a haystack, composed of many components that have complex interactions with eachother. While this is not always far from the truth, this talk will try to provide a clear overview of the different pieces in the stack and what their individual role is. Throughout the presentation, various APIs, protocols and software implementations will be demystified, covering both display and render aspects. This includes topics such as DRM, Wayland, Xorg, OpenGL, Mesa and more!
Embedded Linux from scratch in 45 minutes… on RISC-V, by Michael Opdenacker, Bootlin’s founder and CEO. Talk abstract: Join and discover how to build your own embedded Linux system completely from scratch. You will build your own toolchain, bootloader and kernel, this time on the Risc-V open Instruction Set Architecture, that you will run through a system emulated by QEMU. You will also build a minimal root filesystem by yourself thanks to the BusyBox project. You will finish by controlling the system through a tiny webserver. The approach will be to provide only the files that are strictly necessary. That’s all the interest of embedded Linux: you can really control and understand everything that runs on your system, and see how simple the system can be. That’s much easier than trying to understand how a GNU/Linux system works from a distribution as complex as Debian!
ASoC: audio on an embedded board, by Alexandre Belloni, Bootlin’s audio expert, Linux kernel and Yocto trainer, as well as kernel maintainer. Talk abstract: ASoC, which stands for ALSA System on Chip, is a Linux kernel subsystem created to provide better ALSA support for system-on-chip and portable audio codecs. It allows to reuse codec drivers across multiple architectures and provides an API to integrate them with the SoC audio interface. This talk will present the typical hardware architecture of audio devices on embedded platforms, how to integrate the audio codec and processor audio interface using device tree. Examples, common issues and debugging tips will also be discussed.
Device Tree: hardware description for everybody!, by Thomas Petazzoni, Bootlin’s CTO and co-maintainer of Buildroot. Talk abstract: The Device Tree has been adopted for the ARM 32-bit Linux kernel support almost a decade ago, and since then, its usage has expanded to many other CPU architectures in Linux, as well as bootloaders such as U-Boot and Barebox. Even though Device Tree is no longer a new thing, developers coming into the embedded Linux world often struggle to understand what Device Trees are, what is their syntax, how they interact with the Linux kernel device drivers, what Device Tree bindings are, and more. This talk will provide an introduction to the Device Tree, to jump start new developers in using this description language that is now ubiquitous in the vast majority of embedded Linux projects.
Note that we are aware of limitations of the platform that was chosen for the online conference: the details of the talks, and details about sponsors are only visible for people who registered. This is unfortunate, but we discovered this when it was too late to change the platform, together with a few other limitations. Let’s say this is a first edition, and regardless of those limitations, the selection of talks and contents is very promising!
The Embedded Linux Conference Europe took place online last week. While we definitely missed the experience of an in-person event, we strongly participated to this conference with no less than 7 talks on various topics showing Bootlin expertise in different fields: Linux kernel development in networking, multimedia and storage, but also build systems and tooling. We’re happy to be publishing now the slides and videos of our talks.
From the camera sensor to the user: the journey of a video frame, Maxime Chevallier
In these times of COVID19, pretty much all of the existing conferences have moved to an online format. For example, the Embedded Linux Conference Europe is going to take place next week, online, and Bootlin will significantly contribute to the event with no less than 7 talks on a wide range of topics.
But this trend for online conferences has also spurred the creation of new events. And specifically, we’re happy to announce the creation of a new conference oriented towards our favorite topic of embedded systems: Live Embedded Event. It will take place online on December 3 and will have a broader range of topics covered than ELC typically has, as Live Embedded Event is open to non-Linux embedded topics, hardware platform and interfaces discussions, and more.
The event is mainly organized by four French companies specialized in embedded systems, and we expect the contents to be a mix of talks in English and in French. Speaking of contents, the Call For Papers is open until November 10, so you can have the chance to share your knowledge about embedded topics, show your expertise, and meet new users and customers. And of course, you can also simply register as an attendee: the event is free !
The schedule for the next Embedded Linux Conference Europe has been recently published, and Bootlin will once again be strongly present at this (virtual) event by giving a number of presentations. The registration for ELC-E is open, and due to the virtual nature of the event, the registration cost is only $50, which makes is accessible to pretty much everybody.
Yocto Project and OpenEmbedded: A Collection of Best Practices. In this talk, Bootlin engineer, and Yocto Project expert and trainer Alexandre Belloni will share his experience of using Yocto Project and OpenEmbedded through a collection of best practices. There are indeed numerous ways of using OpenEmbedded and the Yocto Project, but some ways and solutions are better than others! Talk on Tuesday October 27 at 13:00 GMT.
Building Embedded Debian and Ubuntu Systems with ELBE. In this talk, Köry Maincent will share his experience using the ELBE build system, which can be used to automate the process of creating embedded Linux systems based on Debian or Ubuntu. Köry has contributed to ELBE the support for building Ubuntu systems, and has used ELBE on two different projects. This is an interesting alternative to the traditional cross-compilation approach taken by Yocto Project, OpenEmbedded or Buildroot. Talk on Tuesday October 27 at 15:15 GMT.
Supporting Hardware-Accelerated Video Encoding with Mainline. After working on the HW-accelerated video decoding on Allwinner platforms as part of our crowdfunded effort, Paul Kocialkowski recently worked on HW-accelerated video encoding on Rockchip platforms. In this talk, he will share the issues encountered, and what needs to be resolved to create a useful kernel to userspace interface to properly support stateless video encoders. Talk on Wednesday October 28 at 16:15 GMT.
Understand ECC Support for NAND Flash Devices in Linux. Miquèl Raynal, the Linux kernel NAND subsystem maintainer, has recently worked on improving support for various strategies to handle ECC for NAND flash devices. He will share some background information on ECC, why they are needed, how and where ECC are typically handled, and how the Linux kernel deals with the different possibilities. Talk on Wednesday October 28 at 18:30 GMT.
In addition to contributing talks, Bootlin CTO Thomas Petazzoni is also a member of the ELC-E program committee: he reviewed, ranked all talk submitted for the conference and participated with the rest of the committee to the selection of the talks that are now scheduled for the event.
Even though we once again won’t have the chance to meet our fellow members of the embedded Linux community in person, we look forward to attending a set of great talks, and have interesting discussions during the Q&A and through the instant messaging platform that will be available around the conference.