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June 21-24, 2022
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Wednesday, June 22 • 3:45pm - 4:25pm
Finding the Path from Embedded to Edge using Product Lines - Steffen Evers, Bosch.IO & Philipp Ahmann, Robert Bosch GmBH

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Linux is used for many embedded device classes today. However, it is increasingly desirable to connect these devices with each other and with the cloud. Embedded container technology can be used to make this easier by merging server/cloud and embedded technologies. However, it also leads to more challenges e.g. in respect to security, safety, traceability, and SBOMs. Using Linux across multiple device classes and product lines, and adding cloud technology, causes the complexity and efforts to explode.

In this talk, we describe how Bosch, and others, use embedded containers and "reference systems" to avoid redundant work and get a large number of embedded projects under control.

A reference system is an adjustable compilation of tools along with a pre-configured bundle of packages for a common use case and defined set of devices. This reuse significantly reduces development and maintenance costs, and speeds up the time to market. In this way, reference systems can form the base for your product lines.

Bosch uses the in-house Debian-based embedded distribution “APERTIS” as the basis for several reference systems, e.g. for automotive infotainment systems. In doing so we push as many efforts as possible from individual projects into Apertis, as the meta-layer. Thereby, the users can focus more on the actual functionality and applications. e.g. one issue that we have addressed in the context of software management is the handling of GPL-3 in embedded devices. Another topic has been mainline support for kernel drivers.

We are looking for other interested parties and their ideas to jointly face shared challenges in the open source space.

Speakers
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Steffen Evers

Director Open Source, Bosch.IO GmbH
Steffen Evers is director open source at Bosch.IO. He supports Bosch business units on strategy, community work, software management, and compliance processes in the area of OSS. For 20 years, Steffen has promoted open source development and supported various companies in the use... Read More →
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Philipp Ahmann

Product Manager, Robert Bosch GmbH
Philipp Ahmann is a technical business development manager at Robert Bosch GmbH with focus on Open Source activities. He represents the ELISA project of the Linux Foundation as technical steering committee chair and leads the automotive as well as systems work group. He has more than... Read More →



Wednesday June 22, 2022 3:45pm - 4:25pm CDT
Griffin Hall (Level 2)
  Embedded Linux Conference (ELC)