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Linux embedded show opens for registration

Mar 4, 2009 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Registration is open for the world's largest embedded Linux conference, the Consumer Electronics Linux Forum's (CELF's) Embedded Linux Conference (ELC). ELC 2009 is set for April 6-8, at San Francisco's Hotel Kabuki, with featured keynotes including Intel's Dirk Hohndel (pictured) and Linux embedded maintainer David… Woodhouse.

The fifth annual U.S. version of the ELC conference (Europe also has a thriving “ELCE” edition) will this year be co-located with the Linux Foundation (LF) Collaboration Summit, to be held following ELC on April 8-10, at the same Hotel Kabuki venue. Free passes to the invitation-only Summit, which will feature a Moblin Development Summit, will be available to all ELC participants.

Keynoter and “embedded maintainer”
David Woodhouse

Highlighted speakers for the event include:

  • Kate Alhola, Maemo chief engineer in Forum Nokia — Alhola will demonstrate Maemo 5 and will discuss its new support for cellular connectivity. In a separate presentation, she will discuss Maemo 5's animated UI technology, based on Qt, OpenGL ES 2.0, Clutter, and the Matchbox composite window manager.
  • Mike Anderson, CTO and Chief Scientist at The PTR Group — The real-time patches that will soon be integrated into the mainline kernel tree offer a new “interrupt thread” approach to handling ISRs. Anderson, whose PTR Group develops, ports, and integrates the Linux kernel, device drivers, and other related system software, explains interrupt threads and what the technology means to device driver developers. In a separate presentation, he will also discuss multi-core development issues.

    ELC speakers Maemo's Kate Alhola, PTR Group's Mike Anderson, and MontaVista's Jim Ready

  • Dirk Hohndel, Intel's Chief Linux and Open Source Technologist and former CTO of SuSE — Hohndel will deliver a keynote address on “Ubiquitous Linux.” No details were offered, but any insights from Intel's chief Linux guru are likely to be intriguing. Hohndel directs Intel's Open Source Technology Center, which recently absorbed the Poky Linux crew. The group is a key liaison to the Moblin project, and has developed cool technology, including a five-second fast-boot scheme.

    EA's Dan Malek

  • Dan Malek, Founder and CTO of Embedded Alley (EA) — Malek explains how Linux applications utilize memory during runtime, including discussions of the cgroups memory controller, and how to deal with the dreaded kernel Out Of Memory (OOM) problem. Malek's EA consulting and development firm has lately been focusing on NAND memory issues.
  • Jim Ready, Founder and CTO of MontaVista — This embedded Linux pioneer will discuss “common Linux development stumbling blocks” and how to apply planning and best practices to help meet market pressures.
  • David Woodhouse, official embedded Linux maintainer and Intel Open Source Technology Center developer — Woodhouse, who is one of the two first official embedded maintainers for the mainline Linux kernel along with Paul Gortmaker, will provide the second keynote, on “Embedded Linux and Mainline Kernel.” Woodhouse was the original author of the JFFS2 flash filesystem.

Many other speakers will offer presentations and tutorials during the three-day event, and there will also be the usual Bird-of-a-Feather sessions. Presentation topics are said to include:

  • Flash filesystems
  • Real-time Linux
  • Graphics systems for embedded, mobile, and embedded distributions
  • Optimizations for embedded processors (SH, ARM, MIPS, PPC)
  • Security
  • Memory management
  • Porting and platform bringup
  • Networking
  • Development tools
  • Compilers
  • Tracing
  • Bootup time reduction
  • Power management

The LF adds training to Summit lineup

In related news, the LF has announced a new training program for its co-located Collaboration Summit, to be held April 8-10. The training sessions will be held during the first two days of ELC in the Hotel Kabuki, directly before the Summit. The sessions are:

  • Creating Applications For Linux
  • Essential Linux Device Driver Development Skills
  • Kernel Debugging and Performance

In other LF news, the non-profit group recently acquired from SourceForge, and will be overhauling it in the coming months with more community involvement, says the LF.


Registration for ELC 2009 in San Francisco on April 6-8, at San Francisco's Hotel Kabuki, costs $425 before March 20, and $475 afterward, with a $70 hobbyist registration also available. More information and links to registration may be found here.

More information on the LF's Collaboration Summit should be here, and the site for the LF training events to be held during ELC may be found here.

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