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Thursday, June 23 • 12:00pm - 12:40pm
System Device Tree and Lopper: Concrete Examples - Bruce Ashfield & Stefano Stabellini, AMD

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System Device Tree is an extension to Device Tree to describe all the hardware on an SoC, including heterogeneous CPU clusters and secure resources not typically visible to an Operating System like Linux. This full view allows the System Device Tree to be the "One true source" of the entire hardware description and helps to prevent the common (and hard-to-debug) problem of conflicting resources and system consistency. Lopper is an Open Source framework to parse and manipulate System Device Tree. With Lopper, it is possible to generate multiple traditional Device Trees from a single larger System Device Tree. This presentation will provide an overview of System Device Tree and will discuss the latest updates of the specification and tooling. The talk will illustrate multiple use-cases for System Device Tree with concrete examples, such as Linux running on the more powerful CPU cluster and Zephyr running on a smaller Cortex-R cluster. It will also show how to use Lopper to generate multiple traditional Device Trees targeting different OSes, not just Linux but also Zephyr/other RTOSes. Finally, an end-to-end demo based on Yocto to build a complete heterogeneous system with multiple OSes and RTOSes running on different clusters on a single reference board will be shown.

Speakers
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Bruce Ashfield

Principal System Software Engineer, AMD
Bruce has been working professionally with Linux since 2000, and a user since 1995. He currently works as a Principal Systems Engineer for Xilinx, spending time as maintainer for the Yocto project reference kernel, meta-virtualization and meta-cloud-service slayers. Although most... Read More →
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Stefano Stabellini

Principal Engineer, AMD
Stefano Stabellini serves as system software architect and virtualization lead at Xilinx, the world's largest supplier of FPGA solutions. Previously, at Aporeto, he created a virtualization-based security solution for containers and authored several security articles. As Senior Principal... Read More →



Thursday June 23, 2022 12:00pm - 12:40pm CDT
Room 203/204 (Level 2)