The Linux Foundation has posted slide presentations from this week’s Embedded Linux Conference, which featured the first ever ELC keynote by Linus Torvalds.
In case you missed this week’s North American Embedded Linux Conference and OpenIoT Summit in San Diego, you’ll be happy to know that videos of the live streamed event will be released in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, the Linux Foundation has posted slide presentations from the event, as shown in the links farther below.
This year’s event marks the first time Linux creator and kernel overseer Linus Torvalds gave a keynote at an Embedded Linux Conference (ELC). His appearance reflects the growing importance of embedded in the Linux universe, especially of the IoT variety.
Gilbarco Encore pump
As detailed in a Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols ZDNet summary of Torvalds’s keynote, the man who dreamed up Linux a quarter century ago admitted to having been surprised by the appearance of Linux in embedded devices about 15 years ago. “The first one that really caught my eye was a gas pump running Linux,” said Torvalds in an onstage conversation with Intel’s Dick Hohndel. (We’re not sure if this was this Malte Products gas pump system or an antecedent of the later Gilbarco Encore system, or yet another tuxified pump.)
Today, Torvalds sees a bright future for Linux in the Internet of Things, despite the fact that most of the sensor endpoints will not require it. “You also need smart devices,” he told the ELC audience. “The stupid devices talk different standards. Maybe you won’t see Linux on the leaf nodes, but you’ll see Linux in the hubs.”
Clearly, the rise of embedded Linux has been something of a headache for Torvalds. Much of it has arrived in a fragmented field of ARM-based devices that haven’t always stayed in sync with the mainline kernel.
Torvalds noted, however, that while the “embedded world has been hard to work with, it’s getting better.” Later, he noted: “The ARM community, in particular, is getting better, so now the kernel people can keep up with ARM embedded systems. It’s not perfect, but we’re getting better.”
As for IoT, Torvalds is concerned less with the potential security threats as he is with the likelihood that there will be multiple conflicting standards, particularly in home automation. “I’d love there to be one standard, but I don’t think we’ll see that for IoT connectivity,” he noted.
Other ELC keynotes were given by Bryan Che (Red Hat), Sarah Cooper (M2Mi), Mike Richmond (OCF), Mark Skarpness (Intel), Andy Stanford-Clark (IBM), Raj Talluri (Qualcomm), and Peter Virk (Jaguar Land Rover). There was also a keynote on Preempt-RT from real-time Linux guru and new Linux Foundation Fellow Thomas Gleixner.
Well over 100 technical presentations were presented at ELC, many of which are now available in posted slide shows. In addition to sessions detailing updates on traditional embedded Linux technologies such as security, memory management, real-time Linux, interfaces, cryptography, debugging, and the like, you’ll find presentations on drones, robots, Project ARA, the Chip SBC, and much more.
Below are links to the slides (in PDF format) from 50 of ELC 2016’s talks. Click each presentation’s title to download its slides.
The North American Embedded Linux Conference and OpenIoT Summit slide shows are posted at this Linux Foundation events page. Videos should follow in the coming weeks.