Genode Labs Newsletter - December 2020 / January 2021


 1. Road map for 2021
 2. Genode topics at virtual FOSDEM 2021

 1. Road map for 2021

 In mid of December, we kicked off our annual brainstorming about
 Genode's road map on our public mailing list. The response was
 delightful. The topics revolved around new platforms like Rockchip
 SoCs and the PinePhone, system tracing, DDE Linux, self-healing,
 Sculpt OS, RISC-V, seL4, Go language, i.MX8, GPUs, Qt5/QML, Goa,
 multi-monitor support, build systems, Ada/SPARK, MNT Reform, and
 many more areas of interest. Of course, we cannot thoroughly
 pursue all of these directions. During the discussion, however,
 a clear picture emerged.


 First and most inspiring for many Genode developers, we envision the
 use of the PinePhone as a Genode-based feature phone by the end of
 the year. Since this will involve substantial device-driver-related
 developments, the team will take this line of work as an opportunity
 to advance the tooling and workflows for carrying out such tasks.
 This, in turn, will hopefully ease the on-boarding of new driver
 developers in the future.

 Closely related to the PinePhone scenario, the project will make
 optimizations a top priority this year. The opportunities are
 plenty, ranging from micro-optimizations, over API refinements, to
 architectural changes if needed.

 Another recurring topic is the request for GPU support, which is
 required by many modern workloads such as video conferencing or
 streaming on mobile device. Therefore, we will revamp our past
 developments of GPU multiplexing on Intel hardware while also
 starting the investigation of GPUs on ARM-based devices.

 It is safe to say that an exciting year 2021 is ahead of us.

 2. Genode topics at virtual FOSDEM 2021

 As mentioned in our previous newsletter, this year's FOSDEM will
 be different. Instead of gathering in Brussels, crowds of Free-
 Software and Open-Source enthusiasts will hold a virtual event.
 The FOSDEM organizers are restless with setting up virtual
 counterparts of important FOSDEM features like developer rooms
 and even hallway meetings. FOSDEM is free for everyone.

   FOSDEM 2021, February 6 and 7


 The microkernel developer room is shepherded by Martin Decky of
 the HelenOS project, who announced a call for participation in
 November. It goes without saying that we at Genode Labs urged to
 contribute. In the meantime, the schedule of the developer room
 has been decided.


 The topic of our contribution is the presentation and demo of
 our recent developments of pluggable device drivers, which will
 be the basis for on-the-fly driver updates, self-healing, and
 power management.

   Saturday, February 2, 13:05

   "Pluggable device drivers for Genode"

   Norman Feske


 The developer room will close with a panel discussion among several
 participating projects including Genode and moderated by Martin

   Saturday, February 2, 15:05

   "State of Microkernels in 2021"


 See you at virtual FOSDEM 2021!

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