The 0.5 second software update

Registered by LPC Submitter on 2012-05-15

Three years ago at the inaugural Linux Plumbers Conference, we showed that a Linux OS should boot to the UI in 5 seconds or less. Since then, much has happened to take this from prototype to general deployed production technology. However, booting is only one of the operations for which the performance matters to users.

The performance, and capabilities of the software update and associated tooling have an even bigger impact on the experience of the user than just booting in 2 seconds does.

In this presentation I'll show what a 0.5 second software update looks like. However, since it'd boring to just show that you can be 300 times better than the yum tooling, I'll also show how what options this capability opens for those who develop operating systems to service their userbase better. The revealing of the code and project that showcase these capabilities will happen at the time of the LPC presentation.

I'll likely will have a few other surprises ready by LPC as well; there's still time left between now and LPC.

Topic Lead: Arjan van de Ven
Arjan van de Ven is a Sr Principal Engineer at Intel's Open Source Technology Center, where he works on various things Linux, ranging from general kernel technology to power and performance tools and optimizations.

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