[Ukfreebsd] Fwd: [oshug] OSHUG #46 — Embedded Platforms, Thursday 17th March.

Sevan Janiyan venture37 at geeklan.co.uk
Thu Oct 6 21:50:57 BST 2016


Videos from this event are now available up on youtube. Linked below,

On 19/02/2016 15:30, Sevan Janiyan wrote:
> Event #46 — Embedded Platforms (BSD, OpenWRT, Plan 9 & Inferno)
> On the 17 March 2016, 18:00 - 20:00 at BCS London, 1st Floor, The
> Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA.
>   Registration: http://oshug.org/event/46
> The forty-sixth OSHUG meeting will take a look at embedded platforms,
> with talks on the BSD family of operating systems, Linux and OpenWRT,
> and Plan 9 and Inferno in distributed systems.
> — The BSD Family of Operating Systems
> A familiar environment for your VAX, PIC32 or RISC-V ISA and many
> other platforms.
> The Berkeley Software Distribution started out as a patch set to AT&T
> UNIX in the 70's and grew to a complete Operating Systems. Today
> several projects continue to develop variant operating systems based
> on the work originally started by the Computer Science Research Group,
> each with a different area of focus.
> This presentation will cover some of the benefits these operating
> systems can offer to aid the workflow of a hardware project.


> — Developing Linux based products in the connected devices ecosystem
> -- The OpenWRT Approach
> Linux is accepted as a standard component of the Internet of Things
> domain. With the abundance of development platforms and the abhorrent
> state of vendor provided SDKs, getting started with and more
> importantly the maintenance of Linux powered devices is pretty much a
> dark art these days.
> This talk focuses on the mass market hardware platforms of interest to
> folks building the Next Great IoT ProductTM and how the development
> could be sped up with OpenWRT. To supplement the topic of product
> development, a couple of noteworthy System-on-Chip devices and how
> they could be adopted will also be discussed.


> — Embedded devices are often now part of a distributed system: my
> Pebble watch is linked to my Nexus phone, which is coupled to Google.
> Plan 9 and Inferno are two distributed systems originally developed by
> the Bell Labs research centre that produced Unix. They allow a single
> large system to be composed from smaller cooperating systems
> performing specific tasks. (In other areas they illustrate an
> alternative time line that diverged from strict adherence to Unix's
> details of the 1970's.)
> Distributed systems infrastructure often focuses on algorithmic
> aspects, such as Paxos, and the operating system is largely irrelevant
> when it is not merely obstructive. Plan 9 and Inferno provide
> structural support for distribution, at the operating system level.
> Their defining novelty is the representation of all distributable
> resources as hierarchical name spaces, which can be composed in useful
> ways, and simplify design, development, testing and integration. This
> talk will give a brief summary of both systems, then begin to name
> names, including their use in embedded appliances in distributed
> systems.


Sevan / Venture37

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