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Mohammed Billoo

Mohammed Billoo is Founder of MAB Labs, LLC. He has over 12 years of experience architecting, designing, implementing, and testing embedded software, with a core focus on embedded Linux. This includes custom board bring-up, writing custom device drivers, and writing application code. Mohammed also contributes to the Linux kernel and is an active participant in numerous open-source efforts. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, where he teaches courses in Digital Logic Design, Computer Architecture, and Advanced Computer Architecture. Mohammed received both his Bachelor's and Master's of Electrical Enginering from the same institution.

Using Visual Trace Diagnostics to Evaluate Linux User space and Kernel space Implementations

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Developing performant implementations for Linux-based embedded systems can be difficult, due to the sheer complexity of the Linux kernel and the volume of processes and applications that generally exist on a Linux-based embedded system. For kernel space implementations, such as kernel modules, it is important to leverage the appropriate interfaces to the kernel and pay careful attention to the hardware interface. For user space applications, performance is key to ensure that the application can scale without substantial rework.

Software tracing can be an invaluable tool to ensure that an implementation is performant. It enables a developer to identify any anomalies that may exist while the system is running. While there exist numerous open-source utilities that can provide textual cues towards the performance of the implementation, they are generally not amenable to quickly identify any clear issues, due to the way the human brain operates.

Visual trace diagnostics can significantly reduce the time to identify anomalies in a Linux-based implementation. It leverages software tracing, but presents data in a manner that is easily consumed by the human brain. This results in quickly identifying and rectifying anomalies in an implementation.

Join Mohammed Billoo as he explores the different facets of visual trace diagnostics. His talk will consist of hands-on demonstrations that show the different elements of capturing and analyzing software traces on a Linux-based embedded system, in both user space and kernel space.

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Live Q&A - Using Visual Trace Diagnostics to Evaluate Linux User space and Kernel space Implementations

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Yocto Project Hands-On with Toradex

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It may be difficult for novice to intermediate Linux users and developers to get a fundamental understanding of the "Yocto Project", as it doesn't necessarily follow the same paradigms as traditional software development. Additionally, System on Module (SoM) vendors, such as Toradex, may apply their own customizations to the Yocto Project as part of their Board Support Package (BSP) that may require some additional understanding. 

In this webinar, we will take a hands-on look at the Yocto Project and how to get a BSP up and running.

Attendees will learn:

- The paradigm of the Yocto project

- The mindset that an engineer should have when working with a BSP based on Yocto

- The organization and structure of the BSP provided by Toradex. 

- Best practices engineers should follow when customizing a vendor-provided BSP to fit their custom hardware

This webinar will focus heavily on demos and examples targeting a Toradex Verdin iMX8M Mini on a Dahlia carrier board.

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Live Q&A with Mohammed Billoo - Yocto Project Hands-On with Toradex

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Getting Linux To Run On Your Custom Board (2020)

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The ability of silicon vendors to pack more components and capability into a single silicon die has allowed these System On Chips (SoCs) to support Linux. In turn, developers have been able to quickly migrate their application to be deployed "to the edge" without significant rework. The main objective of this session is to provide embedded systems engineers an overview on the steps necessary to get Linux running on a custom board, issues they may face, and how to debug these issues. This session will provide an introduction to Linux and its value in embedded systems, and how it differs from "traditional" Linux that runs on desktops. This session will also discuss how Linux differs from other embedded software paradigms, such as "bare-metal" and RTOS-based application development.

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