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IoT reigns supreme at upcoming Embedded Linux Conference

Feb 18, 2016 — by Rick Lehrbaum 1,257 views

The Linux Foundation has published the list of keynote speakers and 124 conference sessions for its April 4-6 Embedded Linux Conference and OpenIoT Summit.

The annual North American Embedded Linux Conference, co-located with the LF’s first “OpenIoT Summit,” will take place this year in San Diego, Calif. from April 4 through 6. This is the ELC’s eleventh year, according to the LF’s announcement, and it’s bursting at the seams with stimulating keynote talks and informative technical presentations. New this year, is an overarching emphasis on the Internet of Things, with “IoT” in the title of 35 of the event’s 124 technical sessions, and as in prior years, real-time and security are among the more popular topics.

Keynote speakers


Linus Torvalds

Despite its eleven year history, this year’s event marks the first time Linux creator Linus Torvalds will be an ELC keynote speaker, which seems to be a reflection of the growing dominance of Linux all across the embedded, mobile, cloud, and Internet of Things landscape. Shucks, even TED got him before ELC!

While the event’s keynote presentation topics have yet to be revealed, these are the presenters for the event’s five keynote sessions:

  • Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux, in conversation with Dirk Hohndel, Chief Linux and Open Source Technologist at Intel
  • Sarah Cooper, COO of Machine-to-Machine Intelligence (aka M2Mi)
  • Imad Sousou, Vice President and General Manager, Open Source Technology Center, Software and Services Group, Intel
  • Raj Talluri, Senior Vice President of Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies
  • Thomas Gleixner, of Preempt-RT

Technical sessions

The heart of the three-day event, as usual, is its extensive series of technical presentations and the organized chaos of the BoF (birds of a feather) gatherings. This year, the combination embedded- and IoT oriented event’s expanded focus has spawned a total of 124 of the former, and five of the latter.

In case you need one — or perhaps 124 — good reasons to attend ELC/IoT this year, here, for your quick scanning pleasure, is a list of the 2016 event’s presentation sessions:

  • A Quick Survey of OSS Licenses, Tools, and Compliance — by Sean Hudson, Mentor Graphics
  • How to Port Linux to a New Processor Architecture — by Joel Porquet
  • Open Source in Every Car with Automotive Grade Linux — by Walt Miner, The Linux Foundation
  • Linux Connectivity for IoT — by Marcel Holtmann, Intel OTC
  • IoT and Web: How your Web Applications Can Start Interacting with the Real World (WebAPI) — by Rabimba Karanjai
  • How to Use IoTivity on Tizen OS — by Phil Coval
  • Tutorial: Debugging Custom Hardware with Linux – Tools to Make Your Hardware Engineers Love You — by Chris Martin, Intel
  • Automated Testing Laboratory for Embedded Linux Distributions — by Pawel Wieczorek, Warsaw University of Technology
  • OpenEmbedded in the Real World — by Scott Murray, Konsulko Group
  • Portable Device Tree Connector: Painless Expansion Board Support — by Pantelis Antoniou, Konsulko Group
  • Going Beyond the Device Heart Beat — by Balwinder Kaur, AppDynamics
  • Soletta Technical Introduction — by Bruce Filly, Intel
  • NATS: A Central Nervous System for IoT Messaging — by Brian Flannery,
  • Buildroot vs. OpenEmbedded/Yocto: A Four Hands Discussion — by Alexandre Belloni, Free Electons
  • Dissecting Qualcomm’s 1.7M Android Fork — by Stephen Boyd, Qualcomm
  • Introduction to Memory Management in Linux — by Alan Ott, Signal 11 Software
  • Bridging Open IoT with Legacy Systems — by Matt Newton, Opta 22
  • IoT Consensus — by A Solution Suggestion to the ‘Baskets of Remote’ Problem — by Benedikt Herudek
  • Hello, Brillo — by Dave Smith, NewCircle
  • Tutorial: I2C Hacking Demistified — by Igor Stoppa, OpenSource Technology Center Intel
  • Google ProjectARA Power Management Challenges — by Patrick Titiano, Baylibre
  • Using DT Overlays to Support the C.H.I.P.’s Capes — by Antoine Tenart, Free Electons
  • Would You Trust Linux with Your Life? / Linux for Safety Critical Applications — by Darren Hart, Intel Open Source Technology Center
  • The Intersection of E-Health and IoT — by Dr. Joe Smith
  • Can the Promise of an Interoperable Smart Grid be Finally Realized in IoT? — by Odealya Price, Itron IoT
  • Brillo/Weave Part 1: High Level Introduction — by Bruce J. Beare, Intel
  • Bringing Display and 3D to the C.H.I.P Computer — by Maxime Ripard, Free Electrons
  • D-Bus for Coprocessors — by Matt Porter, Konsulko Group
  • Xenomai 3: An Overview of the Real-Time Framework for Linux — by Jan Kiszka, Siemens AG
  • Technical Tradeoffs of IoT Platforms — by Michael E. Anderson, The PTR Group
  • C++ for Embedded Development — by Thiago Macierira, Intel OTC
  • Brillo/Weave Part 2: Deep Dive — by Bruce J. Beare, Intel
  • Autotools: A Demystification Tutorial — by Thomas Petazzoni, Free Electrons
  • Bluetooth on Modern Linux — by Szymon Janc
  • Modernizing the NAND framework: The Big Picture — by Boris Brezillion, Free Electrons
  • Swapping on Android: Compression Relieves the Pressure? — by Vitaly Wool, Softprise Consulting OU
  • Real-Time IoT from the Edge of Space — by Matt Long, Microsoft
  • JavaScript and Distributed IoT Computing — by Wolfgang Mauerer, Technical University Regensburg / Siemens AG
  • Zephyr Project: Developed with Security in Mind — by Constanza Health
  • Introduction to a New Platform Project — by Yoshitake Kobayashi, Toshiba
  • IPv6 for Du^H^H Developers used to IPv4 — by Thiago Macieria, Intel OTC
  • OpenBM: A Customized Linux Distribution Running on BMC — by Tian Fang, Facebook
  • V4L2 on Steroids: The Request API — by Laurent Pinchart
  • Using OpenEmbedded and PX4 with Snapdragon Flight — by Mark Charlebois, Qualcomm
  • La Pensée Sauvage — by Philip A. DesAutels, PhD, The Linux Foundation
  • Bringing Intelligence to IoT Devices — by Challenges Faced and Solleta Approach — by Otavio Busatto Pontes, Intel OTC
  • IOT Open Platform Security Vulnerabilities — by Chris Kocks, Pure Integration
  • Implementing Miniature Smart Home — by Constantin Musca, Intel
  • Developing a Standard Interface for Drones — by Tully Foote, Open Source Robotics Foundation
  • Designing a Distro from Scratch Using OpenEmbedded — by Koen Kooi, Linaro
  • Introduction to the Fuego Test System — by Tim Bird, Sony Mobile
  • SCHED_DEADLINE: A Status Update — by Juri Lelli, ARM Ltd
  • Unchain Your Toolchains with CROPS — by Todor Minchev, Intel
  • Designing and Building for End-to-End Solutions — by Shivakumor Mathapathi, Dew Mobility
  • Designing a Culture for High-Quality Framework for IoT — by Leandro Pereira, Intel OTC
  • Building your world in WebVR — by Rabimba Karanjai
  • Project Artemis — Visual Navigation for Flying Robots — by Kabir Mohammed, Uasys
  • Embedded Systems Meets Real Life: The Orange Empire Railroad Museum Signal Garden — by Stephen D. Oualline
  • Linux Integrated System Analysis (LISA) & Friends — by Patrick Bellasi, ARM Ltd
  • Linux Power Management Optimization on the Nvidia Jetson Platform — by Merlin Friesen, Golden Gate Research
  • Understand USB (in Linux) — by Krzysztof Opasiak
  • New Ways to Deploy and Manage IoT Applications at Scale — by Alex Crawford, CoreOS
  • 100% Open-Source Development for the Cortex-M — by Michael E. Anderson, The PTR Group
  • IoT Security — by Habib Virji, Samsung
  • Understanding the Thread Interface of Google’s Nest Devices — by Michael E. Anderson, The PTR Group
  • Intelligent Power Allocation for Consumer & Embedded Thermal Control — by Ian Rickards, ARM Ltd
  • libiio: Access to Sensor Devices Made Easy — by Lars-Peter Clausen, Analog Devices
  • Why is Robotics Converging on Embedded Linux and Where’s It Going Next? — by Tully Foote, Open Source Robotics Foundation
  • MQTT IoT Messaging Protocol — by Francisco Quintero, Verizon Telematics
  • The Impact of IPv6 and the IoT on Smart Home Technology — by Corey Gates
  • Power Management in Zephyr RTOS — by Ramesh Thomas, Intel
  • An IoT OS Security Architecture That is so Boring That You Can Sleep Soundly at Night — by Patrick Ohly, Intel Germany
  • Hacking a Commercial Drone to Run an Open Source Autopilot — by APM on Parrot Bebop — by Julien Beraud
  • Tutorial: Build Embedded Linux Systems with Clang/LLVM — by Khem Raj, Comcast RDK
  • Debugging the Linux Kernel with GDB — by Kieran Bingham
  • The Latest Status of CE Workgroup Shared Embedded Linux Distribution Project — by Yoshitake Kobayashi, Toshiba
  • Toasting the Real World — by Belen Barros Pena, Intel OTC
  • Migrating your IoT Application from RTOS to Embedded Linux (lessons learned) — by Aaron Nevarez
  • Communication for IoT: MQTT Development and Integration — by Rodrigo Chiossi, Intel
  • Mist Computing: Going Beyond the Fog — by Jurgo Preden, Thinnect
  • Handling Top Security Threats for Connected Embedded Devices — by Eystein Stenberg,, Technology Center Software and Services Group, Intel
  • Science Standardised Embedded Data Infrastructure for Drones (SSEDD) — by Jane Wyngaard, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • EFL: A Toolkit for Developing Efficient and Attractive UIs on Embedded Devices — by Cedric Bail, Samsung Open Source Group
  • Stale Data, or How We (Mis-)manage Modern Caches — by Mark Rutland, ARM Ltd.
  • Static Code Checking in the Linux Kernel — by Arnd Bergmann, Linaro
  • Tales of Enforcement — by Karen Sandler, Software Freedom Conservancy
  • Creating the Open Source Building Blocks for IoT — by Ian Skerett, Eclipse Foundation
  • Apache Mynewt: An OS and Tools for the Embedded World — by James Pace, Micosa
  • Embedded Programming for IoT — by John Light, Intel OTC
  • Introduction to IoT.js — by Tilmann Scheller, Samsung Electronics
  • Drone Simulation with Gazebo — by Nicolas Carrier, Parrot
  • Atomic Display Support in Upstream — by Daniel Vetter, Intel
  • HDMI CEC: What? Why? How? — by Hans Verkuil, Cisco Systems Norway
  • Securing Embedded Linux — by Michael E. Anderson, The PTR Group
  • Tizen-based Remote Controller Car using Raspberry pi2 — Pintu Kumar, Samsung R&D India
  • 6LoWPAN: An Open IoT Networking Protocol — by Stegan Schmidt, Samsung
  • Intelligence at the Edge. Embracing the Data Flood — by Andrzej Wieczorek, Tieto
  • Linux and Real-Time Java for IoT — by Randy Rorden, PTC Inc.
  • IoT provisioning with Web NFC — by Zoltan Kis, Intel OTC
  • Embedded Linux 3D Sensing: Minnowboard Meets RealSense — by Miguel Bernal Marin, Intel
  • Building a CPU from Scratch: jcore Design Walkthrough — by Rob Landley, se-instruments
  • Cryptography Basics for Embedded Developers — by Eystein Stenberg,
  • Implementing GCC5’s Profile-based Performance Optimizations On Embedded Systems Using The Yocto Project — by Alejandro Enedino Hernandez Samaniego, Intel OTC
  • Increase Test Coverage in Linux-based Distros — by Victor Rodriguez, Intel
  • Scalable Protocol Design Supporting Millions of Simultaneous Connections — by Bryant Eastham, Panasonic North America
  • The Future of IoT Education: Our Journey in Teaching IoT — by Alexandru Radovici, Wyliodrin
  • uVisor Debugging Facility Improvements for ARM mbed — by Jim Huang, South Star Xelerator
  • Bringing the Peer Web To All Your Devices with Node.js — by Matthew Podwysocki, Microsoft
  • Enabling Real-time Software Updates for In-Flight Drones — by Yocto, Linux Containers and More — by Alexandros Marinos,
  • Understanding a Real-Time System — by Steven Rostedt, Red Hat
  • Understanding ARM HW Debug Options — by Michael E. Anderson, The PTR Group
  • Developing IoT Solutions with ODL — by Lionel Florit, Cisco
  • Framework for Preventive Healthcare — by Sanjay Dorairaj, Comcast
  • IoT Devices: Secure Boot and SW Maintenance — by Igor Stoppa, Intel OTC
  • Automating your Home with Home Assistant: Python’s Answer to the Internet of Things — by Paulus Schoutsen, AppFolio
  • Hardware Design for Linux Engineers — by Grant Likely, Linaro
  • Lessons from Ion — by Larua Abbott, Red Hat
  • Memory Barriers in the Linux Kernel: Semantics and Practises — by Davidlohr Bueso, SUSE
  • Considerations for Building Enterprise Grade IoT — by Ishu Verma, Red Hat
  • Enriched Stream Processing Using IOT Streams — by Soheila Dehghanzadeh, NUI Gaiway
  • Zephyr Project: An RTOS to change the face of IoT — by Anas Nashif
  • IoT Programming Model: A Vision for Who and How to Develop in 2020 — by Thiago Macierira
  • Linux and Dronecode development — by Lucas De Marchi, Intel

Birds of a feather sessions

Finally, this year’s BoF session topics include:

  • Device Tree — moderated by Frank Rowand
  • Embedded Virtualization — moderated by Greg Ungerer, Accelerated Concepts
  • A Million Kernel Boots and Counting — moderated by Kevin Hilman, BayLibre
  • Taking Over to the Next Generation — moderated by Satoru Ueda
  • Yocto Project / OpenEmbedded — moderated by Jeff Osier-Mixon, Intel Corporation / Yocto Project

Further information

More details regarding the keynotes and sessions listed above are available at Linux Foundation’s website, here. To register, go here.

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