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September 27-30, 2021
Seattle, Washington, USA + Virtual
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Tuesday, September 28 • 10:00am - 10:50am
(VIRTUAL) Automated Testing for Embedded Development: Next Generation Board Farming - Chris Fiege, Pengutronix e.K.

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Board farming is an important topic for embedded Linux development: It allows developers to share their hardware and lays the foundation for continuous testing of BSPs and applications on real hardware. With this talk I want to continue the discussion on how to control large numbers of Embedded Devices in a lab. I will begin with a short introduction on how Pengutronix currently operates their board farm: I will give you an overview on the hardware we use and how we use labgrid to support interactive work and automated testing of our devices under test. Afterwards I will give some insight of the everyday life with 150+ slots in the Pengutronix lab and what the most annoying (and expensive) problems are. To mitigate most of the problem my team and I are currently working on a new way to organize our labs: We try to shift our labs from a centralized architecture with many devices connected to a few control servers to a distributed structure where every device under test is controlled by its own test automation controller. I will conclude my talk with a discussion of the pros and cons of this design that we already discovered.

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Chis Fiege

Embedded Electronics Developer, Pengutronix e.K.
Before starting his employment at Pengutronix he developed electronics for special measurement devices for the German automotive industry. At Pengutronix, Chris designs and maintains hardware for the embedded devices labs. Chris and his team are currently working on special-purpose... Read More →



Tuesday September 28, 2021 10:00am - 10:50am PDT
MeetingPlay Platform + Virtual Learning Lab
  Embedded Linux Conference (ELC), Test Frameworks & Board Farms