Kate Stewart, VP of Dependable Embedded Systems at the Linux Foundation, joins us to share her predictions for 2022. Kate believes that in 2022, we are going to see a lot more products in the market powered by Zephyr. What else does she predict? Watch the video above to know.
Swapnil Bhartiya: Hi, this is your host Swapnil Bhartiya, and welcome to our 2022 Predictions. And today we have with us, Katie Stewart, VP of Dependable Embedded Systems at the Linux Foundation. Kate, I would ask you to grab your crystal ball and share some predictions that you have. But before we go there, quickly tell us what is Zephyr all about?
Kate Stewart: So Zephyr is a RTOS, a realtime operating system that is designed to let the community collaborate around evolving open source, not source operating system, where literally Linux will not fit. Zephyr is designed for a very small, constrained device environment.
Swapnil Bhartiya: Excellent. Now you have a virtual crystal ball in your hand, you were playing with it earlier, grab it and tell me what predictions you have for 2022.
Kate Stewart: Well, the first prediction I’m going to do for 2022 is we are going to be seeing a lot more products, become visible and with Zephyr in it. I keep on hearing of all these people talking and say, “it’ll be visible next year, visible next year.” So I’m really looking forward to seeing these products emerge so that we can see the interesting places that Zephyr’s being used. We’re starting to see companies now be more visible about the fact they are using Zephyr. Zephyr’s actually in a lot of places right now already. We just don’t have it visible. And so I think we’re going to see the visibility improve next year. A lot.
My next crystal ball prediction here is I think we will see the Zephyr project achieve a 61508 safety certification. This is something that the community has been working on for quite a while. And we’ve got a functional safety manager hired now, and we’re starting the relationships and we’re moving the code base over to MR Compliance, which is something that we’ve been needing to do in this direction.
So I think that the stars is starting to align and we will have this emerge. We also came up with our last, our LTS this year, which was one of the prerequisites for going after this. And so the LTS is in place now with functional safety managers in place now. There’s a team actively working on it. So I think we will look at our certification next year.
And then I guess the third predictions, I think you’ll see more communication stacks and drivers being added to Zephyr. We’re seeing more of the more communities wanting to use Zephyr in their own spaces. And so we’ll be seeing code and functionality being added for things that right now are in certain BSPs, but not others. But I think we’ll see more things emerge, upstream, things like some of the modems for the 5G and so forth.
Swapnil Bhartiya: Thanks for sharing those predictions. Now, if I ask you, what is going to be the focus of the project in 2022?
Kate Stewart: The focus of the project in 2022, there’s been a lot of really good discussions happening at the Technical Steering Committee level. And we make that information visible, I think. Getting ourselves so we can continue to scale and have the maintainers being able to effectively manage the subsystems and basically setting ourselves up to scale larger is that probably the focus. Obviously more technical; more drivers, more functionality, more features, more modular. Setting things up so we can work for product lines. These are all considerations that are under discussion.
Swapnil Bhartiya: Kate, thank you so much for taking time out today and share these predictions with us. I would love to have you back on the show next year for two reasons, one to get predictions for the next year and also to check how many of your predictions turn out to be true. So thanks for your time today and looking forward to our next conversation. Thank you.
Kate Stewart: I look forward to it as well. Thank you so much.