[oshug] NMI Open Source Conference, Tuesday 10th May.

Andrew Back arback at computer.org
Mon Apr 18 20:06:39 UTC 2016


Details below of a one day conference that the NMI
(http://nmi.org.uk/) are hosting in partnership with OSHUG and the
BCS, on Tuesday 10th May.

Note that there are also opportunities for providers of open source
solutions and services to give a 2 minute pitch during in the morning!




// NMI Open Source Conference //

10 May 2016, 09:30 - 17:00 at BCS London, 1st Floor, The Davidson
Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA.

  Registration: http://oshug.org/event/nmiopen

In partnership with the NMI and BCS, this conference explores the
increasingly vital role of open source as an enabler in the world of
electronic systems. It will provide attendees with an informative view

* The benefits and challenges of using open source
* Leading electronic systems organisation using open source today
sharing their experience
* The breadth of opportunities presented by open source, from
application software down to silicon IP
* Open source capabilities from a range of leading suppliers

— Meet the Supplier Pitches

Provider of open source solutions or services? Give a 2 minute pitch!

— Session 1: Challenges & Opportunities

- Open Source: The Enabler for IoT Greatness (and Mediocrity)

Strip the layers of marketing fluff on the shiny new Internet of
Things devices and you will find, in almost all cases, a slew of great
Open Source projects powering these little gadgets, to perform their
intended duties. Go up a layer and guess what — the cloud is full of
Open Source too!

This talks uses IoT as a case study in explaining how Open-Source
makes rapid iterations and complex interconnected things happen very
quickly. While this all sounds great, we will also look at how certain
approaches in "openness" actually cause more problems than they solve
especially when it comes to interoperability between ecosystems.

Omer Kilic is an Embedded Systems Engineer who enjoys working with
small computers of all shapes and sizes. He works at the various
intersections of hardware and software engineering practices, product
development and manufacturing. He is the Chief Hacker at Den
Automation, an Internet of Things hardware startup in London.

- Sailing the open seas

Deciding to operate a business with an 'open source' mindset, and
looking beyond "why would you give everything away for free?", there
are interesting business models to be had. Those invariably come with
challenges, but also have the benefits that are derived from
maintaining a culture of openness. Boldport is a small business that
open sourced their primary internal software tool, PCBmodE, and who
releases all their hardware designs as 'open source hardware'. We'll
discuss where 'openness' is challenging and where it has created
opportunities, all with a hardware perspective.

Saar Drimer combines his obsessive doodling, love for circuit design,
programming, and problem solving into Boldport’s products and
services. As an engineer he’s learned to appreciate the value of
adopting industrial design thinking and making it an integral part of
his design process. He studied electrical engineering at UC Santa
Cruz, and researched the topic of hardware security for his PhD at the
Computer Lab, University of Cambridge.

— Session 2: Practical Solutions

- Red, Amber, Green: Free and Open-Source Software in the Supply Chain
– When to Avoid, Tread Carefully and Embrace

Almost all software projects have an aspect of open source: and for
very good reason. With reference to client case studies, Andrew
considers how to maximise the utility of open source code, both in
terms of the code itself, and engaging with the communities around it,
and mitigating risk throughout the supply chain.

Andrew Katz is a UK-based lawyer specialising in FOSS and open content.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Andrew Katz was a developer and has
released software under the GPL. He advises individuals, corporations,
foundations and public sector organisations on FOSS law issues, and is
a visiting researcher at the University of Skövde, Sweden, and
visiting lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London. He is a founder
editor of the Free and Open Source Software Law Review.

- Open Source Tools for the Electronics Systems Industry

This talk will explore the huge range of open source tools that are
available to electronics systems engineers; EDA tools such such as
Icarus Verilog, GHDL, Verilator and SystemC, along with embedded
software development tools such as GCC, LLVM, SDCC and Eclipse. We
will consider their status, robustness as products and how to ensure
they are supported for business critical use.

We'll also look at the some of the important legal implications of
adopting open source tools in your work flow, particularly when such
tools are also supplied to customers. For example, does the source
code of an open source compiler expose important information about
your processor architecture that you would rather keep secret.

The talk will conclude by looking at some of the open source tools
projects under development, which while not ready for production use
today, may bring about radical changes in the future.

Dr Jeremy Bennett is founder and Chief Executive of Embecosm, which
develops free and open source compilers and silicon chip models for
companies around the world. Contact him at
jeremy.bennett at embecosm.com.

- Details of third talk in this session TBC

— Session 3: First Hand Experiences and the Future

- Establishing a Corporate Open Source Group: Journey and Lessons Learned

Creating a dedicated Open Source Group within a large consumer focused
company such as Samsung is both challenging and rewarding. This talk
recaps a 3-years journey, lessons learned and highlights some of the
significant challenges still remaining. The talk is particularly
relevant to any organization that is relatively new to Open Source and
uncertain about the practicalities of engaging in it. During this talk
Gurj Bahia will cover various topics from process changes for open
source contributions, legal aspects such as licenses and IP, cultural
changes to learn why and how to deal with the open source community to
technical changes to allow a smooth way of communicating and
collaborating between your internal team and the external community.

Gurj Bahia leads the European office of Samsung’s Open Source Group.
He is helping to accelerate the use of and collaboration with open
source software. With more the 20 years industry experience helping a
number of companies to deliver mobile technology to market and working
as a hands-on software architect and technical manager, Gurj is able
to bridge the gap between traditionally closed downstream ways of
working (most of his career) and the more modern open, collaborative
methods (recent experiences).

- Open Source Field Programmable RF Technology Driving Innovation in
Wireless Networks

The widespread use of programmable digital technology has enabled a
vast array of new wireless applications to be created. In fact, much
of the innovation in wireless networks that has supported such a
growth in recent years could be attributed to ever increasing levels
of functionality within the digital chipsets. On the other hand, RF
technology has been providing fixed function for a given design with
very little in the way of programmability and flexibility. As we move
from one generation of wireless technology to another, this issue has
become more prevalent to the extent that today’s RF technology has
become a bottleneck, hampering innovation in the design and
implementation of future networks.This talk presents the concept of
Field programmable RF technology where flexibility is extended from
digital to RF domain. Use cases and application areas where such
technology is making a significant impact is also presented where the
Open Source community are getting behind the technology and driving a
Significant level of innovation in the field.

Dr Ebrahim Bushehri is the founder and CEO of the field-programmable
RF chip company Lime Micro. He is also the founder of the non-profit
initiative MyriadRF which seeks to bring open source RF hardware to a
wider audience through the development of low-cost, professional-grade
hardware. Ebrahim’s experience spans over 25 years in directing and
managing of design teams for the implementation of high performance
ICs within the wireless communication market. He has worked with
organizations such as Nokia, Qinetiq (formerly Defence Evaluation
Research Agency) and Fraunhofer IAF. Ebrahim is a member of
Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE).

- lowRISC – an Open-Source System-on-Chip Design

lowRISC is a not-for-profit project aiming to produce the 'Linux of
the hardware world', providing an open-source System-on-Chip design
for industry, academia, and the wider open source community to build
upon. This talk will update on lowRISC's current status and explore
the challenges facing open source hardware projects along with the
potential benefits of a more open hardware ecosystem. It will also
briefly cover tagged memory and minion cores, both novel features
which demonstrate the lowRISC approach to creating a secure, flexible,
and extensible SoC architecture.

Alex Bradbury is a researcher at the University of Cambridge Computer
Laboratory where he co-founded the not-for-profit lowRISC project to
produce a fully open-sourced, Linux-capable, RISC-V based SoC design.
He has a particular interest in compilers, doing substantial work with
LLVM over the past 5 years as part of his research in to novel
many-core architectures and also authors the popular LLVM Weekly
newsletter. Alex was one of the key volunteers for the Raspberry Pi
project, where he previously had the role of Lead Linux Developer, as
well as co-authoring the book Learning Python with Raspberry Pi.

­— Panel Discussion

Whilst this event provides a focal-point, the real opportunity lies in
identifying actions that advance the capabilities of the electronic
systems community in utilising the opportunities provided by open
source software. The panel discussion will focus on the identification
of some areas for further work.

Note: Please aim to arrive by 09:15 as the event will start at 09:30 prompt.

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