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2022 Predictions for the ELISA Project

By Blog, News

Happy New Year! We hope that everyone in the ELISA ecosystem and community had a wonderful and safe holiday season. As we take a look at the blank slate of the new year, the Linux Foundation’s Shuah Khan, ELISA Project Chair of the Technical Steering Committee, shares a few of the predictions of what the project will achieve in 2022. She chats with Swapnil Bhartiya, The Fourth Industrial Revolution Creator and Host, in this video. Watch it or read the predictions below.

Swapnil Bhartiya:

Hi, this is your host, Swapnil Bhartiya. And welcome back to TFiR’s predictions for 2022. And today we have with us, once again, Shuah Khan, Linux fellow and chair of the ELISA Project Technical Steering Committee. Shuah, it’s great to have you on the show.

Shuah Khan:

Thank you for having me.

Swapnil Bhartiya:

Before we ask you to grab your crystal ball and share your predictions, I want to know a little bit about the project. Tell us what is the project all about?

Shuah Khan:

ELISA project is all about enabling Linux and safety critical applications. What that means is that at ELISA project, what we are doing is we are bringing safety experts and Linux experts together to collaborate on developing best practices and resources for people that are enabling Linux in their products, on their safety critical applications.

Swapnil Bhartiya:

Now, if I ask you, please grab the crystal ball and tell me what predictions you have for 2022.

Shuah Khan:

My first prediction is ELISA community will keep growing. We’ll continue to add new members and will continue to engage with the kernel and safety communities.

My second prediction is we will expand our critical spaces. Right now, we focus on several like medical and automotive. We will expand into other industries by adding members from aviation and industrial spaces.

Swapnil Bhartiya:

Thanks for sharing these two predictions. Now, if I ask you what is going to be the focus of the project in 2022?

Shuah Khan:

The focus for us in 2020 do is continuing to work with Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) and Autostar in the automotive space and continue engaging the kernel and safety communities. Our second focus is to continue harmonizing best practices for our members. We want to be able to make best practices, processes, and resources available to our members that are enabling Linux on safety clinical applications.

Swapnil Bhartiya:

Shuah, thank you so much for sharing these predictions and also, the focus for the project for 2022. And as usual, I would love to have you back on the show. Thank you.

Shuah Khan:

Thank you, Swapnil.

The ELISA Project Continues to Grow its Global Ecosystem by Welcoming Red Hat as a Premier Member and Banma, Lotus Cars and SUSE

By Announcement, News, Working Group, Workshop

Schedule for the ELISA Fall Workshop on November 8-10 is now live

SAN FRANCISCO – October 20, 2021 – Today, the ELISA (Enabling Linux in Safety Applications) Project, an open source initiative that aims to create a shared set of tools and processes to help companies build and certify Linux-based safety-critical applications and systems, announced that Red Hat has upgraded its membership to premier member and welcomes Banma, Lotus Cars and SUSE as the newest members.

Linux is used in all major industries because it can enable faster time to market for new features and take advantage of the quality of the code development processes.  Launched in February 2019 by the Linux Foundation, ELISA works with Linux kernel and safety communities to agree on what should be considered when Linux is to  be used in safety-critical systems.

“Linux underpins many applications today that have safety-critical and cybersecurity implications,” said Kate Stewart, Vice President of Dependable Embedded Systems at The Linux Foundation. “By collaborating together, the ELISA members are defining the best practices for use of Linux in these systems. We look forward to continuing to build consensus and welcoming expertise and collaboration from these new members.”

Attend the Fall Workshop

Since its inception, ELISA has hosted quarterly workshops that bring together project members and community contributors to discuss working group updates, trends in functional safety, use cases and more. The next workshop will be held virtually on November 8-10 and is free to attend. Speakers include thought leaders from Arm, Codethink, Elektrobit Automotive GmbH, Evidence Srl, Google, Intel, Mobileye, The Linux Foundation, Red Hat and UL LLC. Register and check out the schedule:

Join the New Working Groups

Since launch, the project has worked to establish a governance model that creates processes and guidance to the focused working groups that aim to provide resources for System integrators to apply and use to analyze qualitatively and quantitatively on their systems. Today, ELISA announces two new working groups:

  • Open Source Engineering Process Working Group: This working group aims to examine safety-related claims that we might like to make about Linux as part of a system, and to explore how we can gather and present evidence to support such claims.
  • Linux Features for Safety-Critical Systems Working Group: This working group will work to bring together kernel developers and producers of safety critical systems to demonstrate use of such features in real systems, and to learn from these experiences together as a community. Learn more about this new working group in this November Workshop session

Learn more about the Global Ecosystem

Red Hat, which is known for its leadership in linux and open source, joined ELISA earlier this year and has been very active in the technical community. With their upgraded membership to Premier, Red Hat welcomes Gabriele Paoloni, Open Source Community Technical Leader at Red Hat, as the ELISA Project Governing Board Chair.

“Red Hat announced our intent to expand our expertise in Linux to safety-critical automotive use cases earlier this year as we work to develop a Linux in-vehicle operating system,” said Francis Chow, vice president, In-Vehicle Operating System, Red Hat. “As such, we’re pleased to extend our participation in ELISA as a Premier member and collaborate with other industry leaders in building up open source software for applications that require extremely high levels of trust and functional safety. We believe a standardized common set of tools and processes can drive innovation toward the software-defined vehicle. ”

Additionally, ELISA welcomes Banma, a Chinese startup specializing in automotive software;  Lotus Cars, a leader in automotive manufacturing in China; and SUSE, a global leader in open source software specializing in enterprise Linux, Kubernetes management, and edge solutions.  These new members join ADIT, AISIN AW CO., arm, Automotive Grade Linux, BMW Car IT GmbH, Codethink, Elektrobit, Horizon Robotics, Huawei Technologies, Intel, Toyota, Kuka, Linuxtronix. Mentor, NVIDIA, Suzuki, Wind River, OTH Regensburg and Toyota.

“Compared with other open software, safety is the key differentiation of automotive OS”, said Sean Xiao, Chief Architect at Banma. “The mission of Banma is to help automotive makers deliver intelligent cars by offering advanced vehicle open software. The ELISA Project combines safety and linux, which offers flexibility and openness, and closely aligns with our goals.”

“For nearly 30 years, SUSE has been a trusted partner supporting systems and essential workloads in some of the most challenging and critical industries in terms of safety requirements, such as automotive and transportation, government, aerospace and defense, industrial and manufacturing, and healthcare,” said Ivo Totev, SUSE COO. “We already collaborate with current ELISA members on important initiatives and are pleased to join ELISA as a formal member to continue to provide innovation in safety-critical domains.”

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