SAN19-508 - Community Driven Firmware Open Source Project

Session Abstract

We have experienced very successful open source development for Linux operating system. But in the firmware area, most of the developments are carried out by some major organizations without the participation of community. Application driven open source development enables a software system ecosystem which can adopt various hardware components, including different architectures, and let the vendors deferential and create tangible results. Open source firmware and Standard firmware interface is critical to enable different hardware implementation for the same ecosystem. In this secession we will discuss how to join and contribute to an open source firmware project managed by Linaro. The key principles of this project are as following
• General System Firmware not specifically targeted for phone, client, server or cloud.
• Universal interface supporting multiple OSes including Linux and Windows
• Adaptive to various silicon especially silicone provided by member companies
• Encourage open technology and early standard implementation
• New TianoCore license model or similar
• Long Term Stable release instead of product driven

Session Speakers

Kangkang Shen

Chief Architect, System Firmware (Futurewei Technologies, Inc.)

Kangkang Shen is a member of TSC in Linaro since 2013. He is currently employed as the chief architect for system firmware in Futurewei Tech, Inc. As a BIOS industry veteran, he has experienced the PC industry development since the very beginning. After joining Award software in 1993, he became one of the key developers for BIOS boot manager, PCI BIOS and many other key features in BIOS. In 1998, he joined Phoenix Technologies and took management positions as engineering manager, director responsible for Phoenix and Award BIOS kernels. In 2003, he was assigned to lead Phoenix R&D center in China. In 2006, he cofounded Nanjing Byosoft, an Intel authorized BIOS vendor. From 2012-2018, he was the chief BIOS architect in Huawei, supporting various product lines including ARM server SoC. He has a Bachelor of Science in Optical Engineering from Zhejiang University, China and a Ph. D. from Georgia Institution of Technology., Atlanta, Georgia

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