September 13-16, 2022
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Thursday, September 15 • 16:10 - 16:50
A Month Off: Migrating a Robot Controller from the Proprietary INtime RTOS to Linux - Dirk Eibach, Carl Cloos Schweisstechnik GmbH

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Carl Cloos Schweisstechnik GmbH is maintaining its own robot control software since the 1980s. At that time Intel was offering a Realtime Operating System called RMX to create some demand for their processors. Cloos was probably the first company using conventional PC technology to control industrial robots, and RMX was a perfect fit. Today RMX is called INtime and is licensed by TenAsys Corporation. It can be tightly integrated with the Windows platform which makes GUI development easy for people coming from that background. In 2021 there was a pretty interesting offer for the next Cloos robot controller platform hardware, but it was Linux based. As the controller software team at Cloos consists mainly of Windows developers, that was a tough call. But in 2019 a Linux nerd (our speaker) had joined the team and he suggested to do a study: take a month off from all running projects and evaluate what could be achieved in porting the controller software to Linux in that time. To his astonishment, everybody agreed. This is the story of that month. It is a story of technical and human challenges, a story of sweat and tears, a story of success and failure. And yes, there will be technical details, no worries.

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Dirk Eibach

Embedded Software Developer, Carl Cloos Schweisstechnik GmbH
Dirk Eibach is an embedded software developer who has worked on linux based embedded systems since 2004. He has actively contributed to the U-Boot project and the Linux Kernel. In his current position at Carl Cloos Schweisstechnik GmbH he is working on control software for seam welding... Read More →

Thursday September 15, 2022 16:10 - 16:50 IST
Liffey Meeting Room 2 (Level 1)