September 13-16, 2022
Dublin, Ireland + Virtual
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Wednesday, September 14 • 11:15 - 11:55
Board Farms for Everyone: Making Hardware Debugging Easier and Sharing Boards Across the Globe! - Christopher Obbard, Collabora Ltd

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Running out of desk space for your debug devices? Do you hate wasting time trying to figure out which serial port your board is hanging off? How about resetting the power of your board - do you have to lean over lots of other stuff to re-plug the power cable? Maybe you have a huge collection of embedded devices which keep growing or perhaps you have struggled because the board you want to use is with a colleague across the globe and you cannot wait for it to be shipped? These issues were all solved when Chris created a board farm at a minimal hardware cost using LabGrid. This beginner-level presentation will introduce you to a device-agnostic way to share boards across the globe and will help make your development simpler. Expect a live demo of how simple it is to remotely power-on a board, flash an image, access the console and even help verify peripherals, all without leaving your console! Practical tips of the hardware used, the Ansible recipes used to setup the software stack, connecting new boards and integration of boards in the farm to image-building CI pipelines in GitLab and GitHub will also be shown.

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Christopher Obbard

Senior Software Engineer, Collabora Ltd
Chris is an engineer at Collabora where he works on Embedded Debian systems. Chris’s specialities include audio driver development, working with Debian GNU/Linux for ARM processors. In his spare time, Chris has built the software for the PiDeck project, a real-time embedded distribution... Read More →

Wednesday September 14, 2022 11:15 - 11:55 IST
Liffey Hall 1 (Level 1)