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Industrial Automation: Moxa Joins Civil Infrastructure Platform Project

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he Civil Infrastructure Platform (CIP) project, which aims to provide a base layer of industrial grade open source software components, tools and methods to enable long-term management of critical systems, has announced that Moxa has joined as a Silver Member. The move helps Moxa, an edge-to-cloud connectivity solution provider that offers a range of industrial networking, monitoring and computing products, strengthen its commitment to building smarter factories and cities on an interoperable open source platform that is secure, reliable and sustainable.

Read more at Industrial Automation.

Memoori: The Linux Foundation’s Civil Infrastructure Platform is Quietly Laying the Foundation for our Future

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Civil infrastructure is at the very heart of modern society. Be it for power, water, transport or healthcare; these technical systems are ubiquitously responsible for supervision, control, and management of infrastructure that lays the foundation for almost everything we do. Civil infrastructure provides essential services and shelter, it supports social interactions and drives economic development.

The importance of civil infrastructure makes system reliability paramount. However, as we modernize our aging infrastructure to add features for rapidly evolving technology, within our dynamic urban spaces, it can be challenging to design and build for the longer term. That’s what the establishment of the Civil Infrastructure Platform (CIP) Initiative, hosted by the Linux Foundation hopes to address through open collaboration.

Read more at Memoori.

IoT Evolution World: How the Civil Infrastructure Platform Project Powers Smart Cities

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While much of the world’s legacy infrastructure is aging, and not capable of supporting the growth of the population alongside a more sustainable environment, members of The Linux Foundation’s Civil Infrastructure Platform (CIP) are working hand-in-glove to develop the software building blocks that will build smarter and smarter infrastructure powering smart cities (and more).

Read more at IoT Evolution World.

Datamation: How Open Source Will Enable Smart Cities

By In the News

Developers of smart city technology will have no choice but to turn to open source if they want to keep up with the demand.

Go back a hundred years and services like electricity and running water — let alone phones — would have all been considered luxuries. Now, we see these services as critical infrastructure that could cause a serious threat to life and societal order if they were to break down.

As the Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming a bigger part of our world, creating a marriage of software and hardware that ranges from the exceedingly useful to the overly creepy, it is also finding its way into many of the utilities that we depend on for modern living.

 

Read more at Datamation.

CNX Software – Embedded Systems News: Renesas RZ/G Linux Platform features CIP Super Long-Term Support (SLTS) Linux kernel

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In the consumer space, some devices never get updated, and you can consider yourself lucky if the manufacturer provides updates for several years, often just two as Linux LTS (Long Term Support) kernels had been supported that long so far. Google and the Linux Foundation realized that was not enough, so they recently announced 6-year LTS kernels at Linaro Connect SFO 2017starting with Linux 4.4 released on January 2016, meaning it will keeping being maintained until January 2022 with security patchsets and bug fixes.

But in the industrial/embedded space, they need even longer periods of support due to the longer equipment’s lifespan. I first heard about the Linux Foundation’s  Civil Infrastructure Platform (CIP) project last year, when I covered the schedule for the Embedded Linux Conference Europe 2016. The project aims at providing a super long-term supported (STLS) open source “base layer” for industrial grade software.

Read more at CNX Software – Embedded Systems News.

Electronics Weekly: Renesas launches Linux platform for industrial equipment

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Renesas has launched its RZ/G Linux Platform with the industrial-grade Civil Infrastructure Platform (CIP) Super Long-Term Support (SLTS) Linux kernel, which enables Linux-based embedded systems to be maintained for more than 10 years.

renesaslinuxThe RZ/G platform provides a verified Linux package with cloud-maintenance and development options that makes it easy for embedded developers to leverage Linux for high-performance industrial equipment.

Read more at Electronics Weekly.

Linux Gizmos: Renesas taps new 10-year SLTS kernel from the Civil Infrastructure Platform

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Renesas upgraded the Linux stack for its RZ/G SoCs to use CIP’s 10-year SLTS kernel. Meanwhile, the standard LTS kernel will expand from 2 to 6 years.

The Linux Foundation launched the Civil Infrastructure Platform(CIP) project a year ago with the intention of developing base layer, open source industrial-grade software starting with a 10-year Super Long-Term Support (SLTS) kernel. The SLTS kernel is now ready to go, and is being incorporated by Renesas in its RZ/G Linux Platform stack for its ARM-based RZ/G system-on-chips.

Read more at Linux Gizmos.

CIP Project releases a tool-box based on LAVA and KernelCI to test Linux kernels locally: Board At Desk v0.9.1

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The Civil Infrastructure Platform project, a Linux Foundation Initiative, is happy to announce the publication of Board At Desk – Single Dev. v0.9.1, a customised and easy to deploy instance of the kernelci.org and LAVA projects that should allow developers to test Linux kernels on boards connected to their own development machines using the tooling provided by one of the most successful Open Source and distributed testing projects.B@D v0.9.1

This instance is provided in this first release in two forms:

  • As a vagrant VM image/recipe.
  • As a VM image, widely called box.

Please visit the CIP Testing project Download page to download the first release of Board At Desk – Single Dev. (B@D v0.9.1).

With this effort, the CIP project is trying to create a first step towards “shared and trusted testing” by every member and the CIP kernel maintainer. It also has as a goal to extend and simplify the current use case satisfied by kernelci.org, focusing on those embedded developers that have direct access to boards, by reducing the deployment, configuration and maintenance costs. Finally, CIP intends to increase the number of developers and organizations willing to participate in kernelci.org by providing a simple mechanism to evaluate the technologies involved in what CIP consider B@D’s upstream project.

Some of the most important actions taken by the team behind B@D have been focused in two areas:

  1. Merged the KernelCI and LAVAv2 Virtual Machines together into one.

KernelCI was based on Ubuntu v14.04, it used Nginx as the Web Server and SimpleHTTPServer for the Storage Server which is where the builds are stored. LAVA was based on Debian and used the Apache Web Server and the Django Content Management System for the Frontend Web Framework. Both web servers wanted to use port 80.

The current VM uses Debian Jessie only. It runs KernelCI on Nginx and LAVA on Apache on reassigned ports. The KernelCI Storage Server has been migrated over to use Nginx on a reassigned port.

  1. Connection to the board.

The released VM assumes the usage of an FTDI USB-to-Serial cable to connect the host machine to the Beaglebone Black. It uses ser2net to route the /dev/ttyUSB0 serial port to a TCP port on the host machine which allows the user to use telnet to communicate to the Beaglebone Black console for remote login and boot messages. It also allows LAVA to use tftp to transfer the kernel directly over to the board eMMC without needing to burn an SD Card.

This B@D version supports Beaglebone Black. Renesas RZ/G1M support is in progress and the rest of the CIP reference boards will be supported in the near future.

Further information about what you will find in Board At Desk – Single dev. (B@D v0.9.1) can be found in the B@D Feature Page.

If you are interested in testing kernels using this version of the tooling please meet the developers at the cip-dev mailing list. If you find bugs in KernelCI or LAVAv2 themselves, please report them upstream. If you find them in the configuration or any of the previously described topics, please report them in the CIP-testing bug tracker. More general information about the CIP testing project can be found in the CIP Testing Landing Page.

[News Release] Renesas Electronics Extends Embedded Technology Leadership by Joining Civil Infrastructure Platform Project

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Becomes first semiconductor supplier to join open source project working to create a base layer of industrial grade software

SAN FRANCISCO, February 15, 2017 – The Civil Infrastructure Platform (CIP) project today announced that Renesas Electronics Corporation has joined as a Platinum member. The CIP community is working to establish an open source base layer of software to enable the use and implementation of software building blocks that meet the safety and reliability requirements of industrial and civil infrastructure. Renesas joins founding Platinum members Hitachi, Siemens and Toshiba and Silver members Codethink and Plat’Home. CIP is hosted by The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration.

CIP launched in the spring of 2016 to address the needs of organizations in industries such as power generation and distribution, water, oil and gas, transportation and building automation for reliable and secure Linux-based embedded systems that can be sustained over a period of 10 to as many as 60 years. By establishing this base layer, CIP aims to speed implementation of civil infrastructure systems, build upon existing open source foundations and expertise, establish de facto standards by providing a base layer reference implementation, and contribute to and influence upstream projects regarding industrial needs.

“As the first semiconductor supplier to join the Civil Infrastructure Platform project, we are pleased to extend our commitment to open technology development,” said Ichiro Tomioka, Vice President, Head of the ICT & Office Business Division at Renesas Electronics Corporation. “Contributing to the development of shared technology is critical to Renesas Electronics, in addition to our work with Yocto Project and Automotive Grade Linux. We are one of the most active contributors to Linux itself. We hope to work with the CIP community to further advance this important project.”

About the Civil Infrastructure Platform Project

The Civil Infrastructure Platform (CIP) is a collaborative, open source project hosted by The Linux Foundation. The project is focused on establishing an open source base layer of industrial grade software to enable the use and implementation of reusable software building blocks that meet the safety, reliability and other requirements of industrial and civil infrastructure. For additional information, visit https://www.cip-project.org/.

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Critical Infrastructure Goes Open Source

By In the News

The electrical grid, water, roads and bridges—the infrastructure we take for granted—is seldom noticed until it’s unavailable. The burgeoning open source software movement is taking steps to help rebuild crumbling U.S. civil infrastructure while capitalizing on expansion in emerging markets by providing software building blocks to help develop interoperable and secure transportation, electric power, oil and gas as well as the healthcare infrastructure.

Under a program launched in April called the Civil Infrastructure Platform, the Linux Foundation said the initiative would provide “an open source base layer of industrial grade software to enable the use and implementation of software building blocks for civil infrastructure.”

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