Erik Rainey will be in Aurora, live in person to deliver a keynote address on C++ in embedded firmware.
Erik is a Senior Software Engineer at Amazon working in the Prime Air on low-level/embedded firmware written in C++ for drones. He’s also been a contributor to Khronos’s OpenVX 1.0 specification.
In his talk he’ll show some video of delivery drones in flight and discuss what it takes to make drones fly with C++. (See the video below.)
Here is his talk description:
Using C++14 in an Embedded “SuperLoop” Firmware
This presentation covers what the execution environment of an embedded “superloop” firmware is in order to describe later why certain C++14 language and library features are used and others are not. This environment lacks many basic features and capabilities that traditional C++ programmers may think are common place but is able to be programmed in C++14 (and later) with a specific design paradigms and guidelines. Programmers with deeply embedded C experience will be familiar with some of the limitations of the environment but may find the C++ solutions quite refreshing! The talk will conclude with some comments on C++17 / C++20 features which will be quite valuable to embedded environments of all types.