[Ukfreebsd] Lightning talks and AGM 17/10/2019

Sevan Janiyan venture37 at geeklan.co.uk
Mon Oct 14 12:08:56 BST 2019

This months OSHUG/OSSG meetup is on Thursday, kick off at 18:30.

Please note BCS London has moved, the new address is
BCS London
25 Copthall Ave
London EC2R 7BP
United Kingdom

Registration link:


Everyone is welcome to attend, but only BCS members may vote. We will
have the brief reports on the past year’s activities and then elect a
new committee.

*Embedded Facial Recognition on Edge TPU*
Pietra F T Madio

Google recently released a new development board for edge computation on
embedded devices. For my project I implemented a facial recognition
system on their device using Tensorflow. In this talk I’m presenting
some of the challenges I faced, the limitations of the board and how we
were able to overcome them.

Pietra is a college student at Brockenhurst College and an AI Research
Engineer for Embecosm.

*The Open Source Satellite Programme*
Paul Madle

Over the last 25 years, the UK has brought positive disruptions to the
space industry. The University of Surrey innovated small spacecraft:
leveraging Commercial-Off-The-Shelf components that could compete with
larger more traditionally designed spacecraft. In the last 7 years,
Scottish CubeSats (very small satellites) have grown from academic
projects into commercially viable products performing earth observation
and other applications. Both of these innovations have brought down
costs and made space more accessible to greater numbers of people. KIPSE
Space Systems aspires to be a catalyst for the next step-change to the
industry by collaboratively designing a new, capable spacecraft platform
that is open source, all design being freely accessible through the

Paul Madle has 20 years’ experience as a systems/software engineer
within the Aerospace, Finance & Web sectors. His code runs on the most
critical on board systems for some of the UK’s most significant
spacecraft projects. He is very keen to share his knowledge with the
next generation of engineers and runs code clubs that have successfully
transitioned young people with few qualifications into capable software
engineers who now work within the industry.

*It’s Open Source, not gratis binaries*
Sevan Janiyan

A commentary on a prevailing attitude towards Open Source software.

Sevan is the founder of Venture 37, which offers consultancy around the
fundemental building blocks of IT systems such as DNS, email, HTTP,
firewalls or routing running on UNIX & alike systems.

*Intel 8080 microprocessor on an FPGA*
Maxim Blinov

The Intel 8080 microprocessor was one of the first widely available
general-purpose microprocessors. Given its historic significance and
relatively straightforward ISA, I implemented a binary compatible
softcore variant using VHDL, targeting the Artix7 100T FPGA.
Accompanying the softcore CPU is a PS2 keyboard controller, VGA text
buffer, and 7-segment display driver. These components are accessible
from the 8080 through memory mapping, which is realized by a central
memory access controller. Hence, software can read scan codes from the
keyboard controller, and writes text to the VGA terminal, which is
enough for a simplistic but nonetheless curious software platform.

The hardware description source can be found at

Maxim is currently working at Embecosm, helping to develop and support
open-source GCC-based toolchains. His last major work was to benchmark
and debug the experimental GCC support for the draft RISC-V bitmanip ISA
extension, using both software simulation and verilated IP cores.

Maxim is also interested in FPGA hardware design, and embedded software

*Making with BlackEdge*
Al Wood, @folknology

Using the BlackEdge standard to build the new BlackIceMx, eating our own
dog food.

Al  is an engineer of opensource hardware & software, practitioner of
robotics, electronics & 3D Printers and tutor of ML, FPGA & Verilog. Bit
wrangler in C, Erlang & Python.

*Title TBA*
Andy Bennett, @databasescaling

Andy Bennett is founder of Register Dynamics and inhabits the void
between hardware, software and users. He serves on the BCS Open Source
SG committee as one of our event coordinators.

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