You, Me, and IoT Two Microconference Accepted into 2020 Linux Plumbers Conference

We are pleased to announce that the You, Me, and IoT Microconference has been accepted into the 2020 Linux Plumbers Conference!

As everyday devices start to become more connected to the internet, the infrastructure around it constantly needs to be developed. The Internet of Things (IoT) in the Linux ecosystem is looking brighter every day. The
development rate of the Zephyr RTOS in particular is accelerating dramatically and we are now up to 2 commits per hour[1]! LoRa WAN made it into Zephyr release 2.2 as well.

The principles for IoT are still the same: data-driven controls for remote endpoints such as

  • on-off switches
  • dimmable switches
  • temperature controls
  • door and window sensors
  • metering
  • cameras
  • generally, peripherals connected via remote embedded buses like GPIO, I2C, SPI

A large focus of industry heavyweights continues to be interoperability; we are seeing a growing trend in moving toward IP-centric network communications. Using IP natively ensures that it is extremely easy for end-nodes and edge devices to communicate to The Cloud but it also means that IoT device security is more important than ever.

Last year’s successful microconference has brought about several changes in the IoT space. The Linux + Zephyr + Greybus solution now works over nearly all physical layers (#exactsteps for IEEE 802.15.4 and BLE). BeagleBoard.org is also now preparing a next-gen hardware revision of the BeagleConnect to provide both a hobbyist and professional-friendly IoT platform. BlueZ has begun making quarterly releases, much to the delight of last year’s attendees, and members of the linux-wpan / netdev community have implemented RPL, an IPv6 routing protocol for lossy networks.

This year’s topics to be discussed include:

  • Working to make wireless firmware images for popular embedded Linux distros more stable
  • Mitigating TCP issues in bandwidth-limited wireless networks
  • Providing ways for users to interact with the IEEE 802.15.4 MAC layer
  • Coming up with a common set of tools for the Enterprise Linux Distribution

Come and join us in some heated but productive discussions in making your everyday devices communicate with the world around them.

[1]For reference, Linux receives approximately 9 commits per hour

We hope to see you there!

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