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2023-11-12 12:00

Open Source License Obligations Checklists even better now

Import the checklists to other tools, create context diffs and merged lists

2023-03-01 12:00

Embedded Linux distributions

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2022-01-13 12:00

Phase #3 of OSADL project on OPC UA PubSub over TSN successfully completed

Another important milestone on the way to interoperable Open Source real-time Ethernet has been reached

2021-02-09 12:00

Open Source OPC UA PubSub over TSN project phase #3 launched

Letter of Intent with call for participation is now available

Real Time Linux Workshops

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15th Real Time Linux Workshop, October 28 to 31, 2013 at the Dipartimento Tecnologie Innovative, Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano-Manno, Switzerland

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October 28 to 31, 2013
Dipartimento Tecnologie Innovative
Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana

Everyday kernel analysis tools

by Nicholas Mc Guire, Open Source Automation Development Lab (OSADL) eG

The Linux kernel is undoubtedly a complex piece of software. There are a number of books about the Linux kernel – never up-to-date but never the less worth reading – so how to manage 16M+ lines of code? Tools – there is no point in planing to sit down and "read the Linux kernel source". Along with the evolutionary development of the Linux kernel – one step every 3 month – the processes and tools have evolved as well. Many of these tools are mandated by the kernel coding standard for any piece of code that should go into mainline Linux – beyond those mandatory tools there is a whole barrage of tools for compile-time and run-time analysis, tools and methods for customized instrumentation and a lot that can help learn the internals of Linux.

In this seminar we provide a overview of available tools and an overview of the Linux development life-cycle along with practical examples of applying tools for analytical purposes. The goal of this seminar is to give a first overview of the tools capabilities and relate the tools to everyday development steps.

While this half-day seminar will focus on concrete examples, and participants are invited to try the examples hands-on, this session is not intended to be a purely hands-on session simply because this would not allow to cover a reasonable spectrum of the available tools – an exhaustive coverage is not feasible anyway...

Participants should know how a kernel is compiled, but we do not expect participants to know details of the build process nor details of the kernels internal working.

About Nicholas Mc Guire

Into Linux since early 1995 while working at the Tech. Univ . Vienna Austria, programming DSPs (TMS 320C4X) for Magnetic Bearing systems. Continued Linux work at the Inst. for Computational Material Science of The Vienna University from 1997-2001, primarily working on high-performance clusters (Alpha and X86), these projects brought the world of MPI as well as the very fascinating MOSIX/BProc project into my work-area and has since then been a continued interest extending into distributed real-time systems. This combination of realtime and distributed systems "naturally" led to Linux RTOS for safety-related systems which is now my main focus at the Distributed and Embedded Systems Lab of Lanzhou University in China.