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Bringing the Outside In at the Open Source Technology Summit

BY Imad Sousou ON May 09, 2019

Software is a strategic asset to Intel’s business opportunities and the ability to successfully drive the company’s overall growth potential. With our work across the ecosystem, Intel’s open source contributions and enablement initiatives are leading the industry to drive product and services innovation forward in the data-centric era.

For the past 16 years, Intel has hosted the Open Source Technology Summit (OSTS), our premier internal conference focused on open source software development. From the first OSTS with a few dozen open source enthusiasts, the summit has grown to include nearly 500 business and technical leaders from across our company, discussing trends, technologies, and innovations shaping the open source landscape.

OSTS is first and foremost a technology conference. The depth of technical content, engineering engagement, and community focus are what makes this one of my favorite events—and this year I’m even more excited. We’re expanding the reach of OSTS by opening the event to customers, partners, and industry stakeholders for the first time.

Over the next few days, we’ll hear from leaders at Alibaba, AT&T, Google, Huawei, Microsoft, MontaVista, Red Hat, SUSE, and Wind River. Intel is working with these and other partners to accelerate open source innovation. In my opening keynote today, I highlighted investments Intel is making to help enable partner products and optimize technology to deliver the best experiences on Intel-based platforms, from cloud to edge to device, in the following areas:

Modernizing core infrastructure for uses well-suited to Intel architecture

The ModernFW Initiative has the goal to remove legacy code and modularize design for scalability and security. By delivering just enough code to boot the kernel, this approach can help reduce exposure to security risks and help ensure management is easier for users.

rust-vmm offers a set of common hypervisor components, developed by Intel with industry leaders including Alibaba, Amazon, Google, and Red Hat, to deliver use-case specific hypervisors. We have released a special-purpose Cloud hypervisor, based on rust-vmm, with our partners to provide a more secure, more performant container technology designed for cloud native environments.

Intel is also committing to advancing critical system infrastructure projects by assigning developers to contribute code, as well as incorporating our “0-day Continuous Integration” best practices to technologies beyond the Linux kernel. Projects we plan to contribute to include (but are not limited to) bash, chrony, the Fuzzing Project, GnuPG, libffi, the Linux Kernel Self Protection Project, OpenSSH, OpenSSL, and the R programming language.

Enhancing our Linux-based solutions for developers and partners

Intel’s Clear Linux Distribution is adding Clear Linux Developer Edition, which includes a new installer and store, bringing together toolkits to give developers an operating system with all Intel hardware features already enabled. Additionally, Clear Linux usages are expanding to provide end-to-end integration and optimization for Intel hardware features and key workloads supporting the Deep Learning and Data Analytics software stacks. The performance, security, ease-of-use, and customization advantages make Clear Linux a great choice for Linux developers.

  • The Deep Learning Reference Stack is an integrated, highly-performant open source stack optimized for Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors. This stack includes Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 512 Vector Neural Network Instructions (AVX 512 VNNI) and is designed to accelerate AI use cases such as image recognition, object detection, speech recognition, and language translation.
  • The Data Analytics Reference Stack was developed to help enterprises analyze, classify, recognize, and process large amounts of data, built on Intel® Xeon® Scalable platforms using Apache Hadoop and Apache Spark.

Enabling new usages across automotive and industrial automation

In a world where functional safety is increasingly important, workload consolidation is both complex and critical. And with the growing reliance on software-defined systems, virtualization has never been more important. Intel is working to transform the software-defined environment to support a mix of safety critical, non-safety critical and time critical workloads to help support automotive, industrial automation, and robotics uses.

  • Fusion Edge Stacks support the consolidated workloads that today’s connected devices demand using the ACRN device hypervisor, Clear Linux OS, Zephyr Project and Android.
  • The Intel Robot SDK brings together the best of Intel hardware and software in one resource, simplifying the process of creating AI-enabled robotics and automation solutions, with an optimized computer vision stack.

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Imad Sousou is general manager of System Software Products at Intel and is responsible for Intel’s efforts in system firmware and BIOS, operating systems, data-centric infrastructure system software such as orchestration, virtualization, runtimes, and data analytics. He is responsible for overall system software stacks for uses from cloud to edge to device and leads Intel efforts enabling OS vendors, cloud service providers, and system software partners. He sits on the board of directors at the OpenStack Foundation, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), and The Linux Foundation.