June 21-24, 2022
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Thursday, June 23 • 4:05pm - 4:45pm
Lessons Learned: Migrating a Production Platform to Yocto - Mitch Gaines, Farmblox

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Yocto's ecosystem provides an immense amount of tooling spanning the entire application lifecycle: from development to testing, all the way up to deployment. Migrating a mature platform utilizing an equally mature set of tooling to the Yocto ecosystem is logistically challenging. When starting a new production-scale project, Yocto provides several benefits over a Debian-based system, such as reduced resource requirements, system extensibility, and system reproducibility.  Yocto's approach, however, introduces a number of complexities when considering a migration. First, required build tools are reliant on the  Yocto community for support. Mature applications may not necessarily be built on the latest technologies with the necessary support. Second, the workflow of application developers will need to change for the new platform. There will also be a transitionary period where both application workflows need to be supported. Third, different hardware platforms will require different system images. My goal is to outline some of these complexities involved with a migration from a Debian-based system to Yocto to help you better understand if this makes migration sense for your project.

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Mitch Gaines

Embedded Systems Engineer, Embue, Farmblox
Mitch primarily works in the startup ecosystem working as a contractor and a startup co-founder. Throughout his relatively young career, he has worked in customer success and software systems development for critical infrastructure. Today, he leads the development of various software... Read More →

Thursday June 23, 2022 4:05pm - 4:45pm CDT
Griffin Hall (Level 2)