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Ferrocene: Qualifying the Rust compiler out in the open

By May 15, 2024Blog, Seminar Series

Ferrocene is a fully open source toolchain to enable the use of the Rust programming language in safety-critical environments. It is a proper downstream of the main Rust compiler – rustc. This includes all documentation.

The mission of Ferrocene is to bring open source practices to safety-critical industries and improve the Rust open source ecosystem through safety-critical practices.

Ferrocene is also fully qualified using only open source tooling.

But what does that mean in practice? In this talk, I’ll walk you through our findings when qualifying the Ferrocene compiler toolchain using fully open source tools. A particular eye will be on the conditions that enabled the Ferrocene project to build a feedback loop with the Rust project and how they may inform your approach towards other FOSS projects.

As part of the ELISA Seminar series, Florian Gilcher, Managing Director at Ferrous Systems, gave a presentation titled, “Ferrocene: Qualifying the Rust compiler out in the open.”

The ELISA Seminar Series focuses on hot topics related to ELISA’s mission to define and maintain a common set of elements, processes and tools that can be incorporated into Linux-based, safety-critical systems amenable to safety certification. Speakers are members, contributors and thought leaders from the ELISA Project and surrounding communities. Each seminar comprises a 45-minute presentation and a 15-minute Q&A, and it’s free to attend. You can watch all videos on the ELISA Project Youtube Channel ELISA Seminar Series Playlist here.

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