Linaro Connect began today in Las Vegas and welcomed over 425 attendees making it one of the largest Linaro Connect events. Linaro Connect Las Vegas 2016 (LAS16) is a five-day event full of keynotes by industry leaders, talks, training, hacking and a lot of socializing fun. Linaro Connect brings together the best and the brightest of the Linux on Arm community and LAS16 was no exception.
It began with a Welcome Keynote by Linaro’s CEO, George Grey, who welcomed attendees to the event and gave an overview of the many projects that Linaro is working on with its member companies. George then went on to demo several of these projects.
George then wrapped up this keynote by announcing Linaro’s newest segment group, the Linaro IoT and Embedded Group (LITE). The Internet of Things (IoT) is disrupting the traditional embedded market and creating huge growth opportunities. Every device being connected to the cloud and generating personal information is a huge data generation, connectivity and security headache. Standards are essential to the success of IoT and the LITE group will bring together Arm ecosystem support for key standards and engineering work to support reliable implementations. LITE will benefit from Linaro’s other engineering activities in the same way as the other groups.
LITE will also leverage Linaro’s work on security and trusted execution environments, cloud integration and existing embedded Linux activities and it will work closely with other segment groups, including Linaro’s enterprise group, which has expertise in and around the data center and Linaro’s network group, which has expertise in real time.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]After George’s keynote, Morgan Quigley, Chief Architect of the Open Source Robotics Foundation, the gave a second keynote on “The Robot Operating System: An Open Source Framework for Modern Robotics”. Morgan discussed the many challenges in trying to create robust, general-purpose robot software. He went on to talk about how even trivial talks to humans can be very difficult for robots to perform due to so many variables involved. Due to all this complexity the Robot Operating system (ROS) was born to help encourage collaborative software efforts. He went on to talk about the design of ROS and show a collection of applications in industry, academia, and government and briefly described current development efforts to incorporate Transport Layer Security (TLS), access controls, a flexible UDP-based networking subsystem, and other “wish list” items for the future.