Embedded Linux kernel and driver development training

Get familiar with device driver development for the Linux kernel

Course details

  • Duration: 5 days / 40 hours (on-site) – 7 half days / 28 hours (on-line)
  • Agenda: on-siteon-line
  • Training materials: slides, practical labs, lab data.
  • Written language: English
  • Available oral languages: English and French.

Public on-line sessions

Type Dates Time Duration Language Expected
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Cost and registration
Linux kernel (agenda) January 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 2022
+ extra session on January 27 if needed
14:00 – 18:00 (Paris time, UTC+1) 28 h English Miquèl Raynal Early: 829 EUR*
Regular: 929 EUR*
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If you are unable to register through Eventbrite, do not hesitate to contact us, we will be able to provide a training contract and offer alternative payment methods.

Registration on Eventbrite remains available until the session starts, subject to seat availability.

See details about our on-line sessions.

Dedicated online sessions

We can also propose private online sessions. This way, you can choose the dates and times that best suit the needs and availabilities of your teams.

Public on-site sessions

No on-site public session planned at the moment.

Dedicated on-site sessions

We can send one of our trainers at your own location at your own location, anywhere in the world (we have taught classes on all continents). See how to register.

Target audience

training desktopThis course targets engineers who wish to develop or improve device drivers in the Linux kernel, for projects on embedded platforms, or on the traditional PC platform. In five days, through theory and practical labs, the course makes you familiar with the essentials of kernel development: kernel architecture, the main APIs, integration of device drivers with other parts of the kernel and with user applications.

Objectives

  • Be able to configure, build and install the Linux kernel on an embedded system.
  • Be able to understand the overall architecture of the Linux kernel, and how user-space applications interact with the Linux kernel.
  • Be able to develop simple but complete Linux kernel device drivers, thanks to the development from scratch of two drivers for two different hardware devices, that illustrate all the major concepts of the course.
  • Be able to navigate through the device drivers mechanisms of the Linux kernel: Device Tree, device model, bus infrastructures.
  • Be able to develop device drivers that communicate with hardware devices.
  • Be able to develop drivers that expose functionality of hardware devices to Linux user-space applications: character devices, kernel subsystems.
  • Be able to use the major kernel mechanisms needed for device driver development: memory management, locking, interrupt handling, sleeping.
  • Be able to debug Linux kernel issues, using a variety of debugging techniques and mechanisms.

See the detailed agenda.

Training materials

All the training materials we use during this course are freely available. Before the session, you can then check that they correspond to your needs.

Practical labs

BeagleBone Black boardIn our on-site courses, each lecture is followed by a practical lab done by the participant. The practical labs represent 50% to 60% of the whole course time. Labs are performed on an embedded ARM board (BeagleBone Black). You will get familiar with the generic mechanisms and interfaces provided by the Linux kernel, through the implementation of device drivers for an I2C device (Nintendo Wii Nunchuk in our labs) and for the serial ports of the TI AM335x CPU. This experience will help you to implement device drivers for any type of devices.

In our on-line courses, the practical labs are performed as live demonstrations by the trainer. Participants can ask questions at any time. Optionally, the participants who have access to the necessary hardware accessories can reproduce the labs by themselves.

Prerequisites

  • Solid experience with the C programming language: participants must be familiar with the usage of complex data types and structures, pointers, function pointers, and the C pre-processor.
  • Knowledge and practice of UNIX or GNU/Linux commands: participants must be familiar with the Linux command line. Participants lacking experience on this topic should get trained by themselves, for example with our freely available on-line slides at https://bootlin.com/blog/command-line/
  • Minimal experience in embedded Linux development: participants should have a minimal understanding of the architecture of embedded Linux systems: role of the Linux kernel vs. user-space, development of Linux user-space applications in C. Following Bootlin’s Embedded Linux course allows to fulfill this pre-requisite.
  • Minimal English language level: B1, according to the Common European Framework of References for Languages, for our sessions in English. See the CEFR grid for self-evaluation.

Hardware requirements

  • For dedicated or public on-line courses:
    • Computer with the operating system of your choice, with the Google Chrome or Chromium browser for videoconferencing.
    • Webcam and microphone, from an audio headset
    • High speed access to the Internet
    • Optionally: the hardware accessories needed for the practical labs, if you want to reproduce the practical labs by yourself. Note that this is not mandatory: you can follow the course without those hardware accessories, as the trainer will perform the practical labs as live demonstrations.
  • For dedicated on-site courses:
    • Training room
    • Video projector
    • One recent PC computer for each desk (1 or 2 persons) installed with Linux. See the training agenda for detailed requirements.
    • Unfiltered and fast connection to the Internet
    • Bootlin provides the hardware accessories for the practical labs for the duration of the course
  • For public on-site courses, all equipement is provided by Bootlin.

Customer feedback


The training has been very helpful in getting up to speed and getting hands-on experience with Linux Kernel development in general and Linux Driver development in particular. We found that the instructor was very knowledgeable and helpful when diving in to the lab sessions and when we were asking specific questions about problems that we have been facing in our own development tasks.

Steen Hegelund – Microchip Technology Inc


Bootlin has proven time and again that their expertise in Linux trainings is unparalleled. Not only were the already existing trainings invaluable for training of our personnel, but they were also willing to adapt and reintroduce new trainings, custom tailored for our needs.

Nikola Jelić – Zuehlke Engineering

By the way, you can also see evaluations from previous sessions. In the same way we are transparent with our training materials, we share all the evaluations that we collect, not only the best ones.

Participants with disabilities

Participants with disabilities who have special needs are invited to contact us to discuss adaptations to the training course.

Contact

For any question, registration or comment, you can contact us: training@bootlin.com, phone : +33 484 258 096.

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