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IoT on tap at upcoming Embedded Linux Conference

Apr 3, 2014 — by Eric Brown — 689 views

The Internet of Things is front and center at the Embedded Linux Conference, held April 29 through May 1, and colocated with the Android Builders Summit.

If you want to be up to date on what’s going down in embedded Linux, there’s no place like ELC, as in the Embedded Linux Conference. The Linux Foundation has just posted the 90-session presentation line-up for the U.S. show, scheduled for April 29 through May 1 at the San Jose Marriott. The European version (ELCE) ran last Oct. 21-25 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

This year, more than 450 attendees are expected at ELC, which is being colocated with the Android Builders Summit and the AllSeen Alliance Hackfest. The $600 registration fee includes access to all three events.

The Android Builders Conference represents a series of parallel tracks within ELC. Videos from last year’s Android Builders Summit may be found here.

The AllSeen Alliance Hackfest is a one-day event on Thursday, May 1, supporting the Linux Foundation’s AllSeen Alliance. AllSeen is an open source, cross-platform project that aims to build an IoT interoperability framework built around Qualcomm’s open source “AllJoyn” framework.

Tim Bird

This year’s ELC keynote speakers include ELC co-founder Tim Bird of Sony Mobile, speaking on “The Paradox of Embedded and Open Source,” which explores the challenges facing Linux in the coming IoT world of 10 billion smart devices. Intel’s Mark Skarpness follows, with an address titled “Scaling Android at the Speed of Mobility.”

Karim Yaghmour

The IoT focus continues Wednesday morning with a keynote panel called “IoT and the Role of Embedded Linux and Android.” Moderator Karim Yaghmour of OperSys will talk with Bird, Linaro’s Matt Porter, Alcatel-Lucent’s Benjamin Zores, and David Anders of BeagleBoard manufacturer CircuitCo, which built Intel’s new MinnowBoard Max hacker SBC.

microYocto and Headless Android

Michael Anderson

IoT is also the topic of a number of ELC presentations. Tom Zanussi of Intel’s Open Source Technology Center will discuss a “microYocto” project to build a minimalist Linux distribution for IoT. Vitaly Wool of Softprise Consulting OU, is on a similar path with “Linux for Microcontrollers: Spreading the Disease,” which explains how to run Linux on an MCU-based, DRAM-less home automation device. The PTR Group’s Michael E Anderson follows a somewhat similar tack with “Extending Linux using Arduinos,” which discusses how Linux development platforms can “benefit from leveraging the Arduino platform to make embedded Linux more approachable.”

Gary Bisson

If you’d prefer stripping down Android instead, you can switch to the Android Builder’s Summit track and check out Adeneo’s Gary Bisson explaining how “Headless Android Strikes Back.” Meanwhile, Gil Zhaiek of Recon Instruments, maker of the Android-based Snow2 heads-up display, will discuss “Making Android More Wearable: The Challenges of Adding Multi-Sports Sensors and Radios.”

Recon’s Snow2

Other topics at ELC and the Android Builders Summit include mobile Linux OSes like Sailfish and Ubuntu Touch, as well as LG’s formerly mobile, currently TV-bound WebOS. There are several more Yocto presentations, as well as talks on the LTSI (Long Term Stable Initiative) kernel project. Several sessions cover Android on x86 and Android on embedded platforms in general, and others tackle everything from robots to SDR to GENIVI automotive systems.

As usual, there’s always more to say about device tree, GCC optimizations, power management, debugging, tracing, booting, video streaming, porting, security, interfaces, and other geeky essentials, all of which are covered in ELC sessions. Afterwards, attendees can relax at a Wednesday evening event at the Tech Museum of Innovation.

ELC started out in 2005 as a smaller, more casual affair, launched by Tim Bird and the Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF), which was folded into the Linux Foundation in 2010. In 2011, ELC began its colocation arrangement with the Android Builders Summit. We also checked the Embedded Linux Wayback Machine and located forerunner of the ELC, held in 2000 and called “ELEC,” which stands for Embedded Linux Expo and Conference.

Further information

The Embedded Linux Conference will be held April 29 through May 1 at the San Jose Marriott in San Jose, Calif. The ELC events line-up may be found here, and ELC registration ($600) is here.

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