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Design of ad hoc Linux mini-distribution running over QEMU

Internship
AdaCore
Toulouse, France
Bac + 4/5

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Design of ad hoc Linux mini-distribution running over QEMU

Context :

To ensure the quality of its technology, AdaCore runs several million test cases daily. To ease and fasten these operations on cross Linux platforms, run them on a cloud infrastructure, reduce memory and disk usage and improve the performances of our continuous integration pipeline, we aim to construct an ad hoc Linux mini-distribution that runs over QEMU for our test-suites.

Goals :

In cooperation with our experts, the purpose of this internship is to:

  • Investigate the current needs of our existing testsuites, determine the minimum requirements that a Linux mini-distribution must meet for our validation testing.

  • Choose a base Linux distribution to use (e.g. Yocto, Busy Box, WRS Linux, etc), and build a minimal, portable, custom Linux distribution which we can run on QEMU.

  • Deploy that mini-distribution on a real target (probably a Xilinx Zinq UltraScale+)

  • Deploy that mini-distribution on QEMU, making adaptations to QEMU if needed (e.g. missing support for some hardware modules),

  • Transition, after having made the required adaptations to our infrastructure,  our production testing to this new Linux mini-distribution running on QEMU.

  • Produce the documentation attached to the design of the mini-distribution and to its usage.

 

Skills required or Nice to have :

The work will require interacting closely with engineers from AdaCore (mostly in english).

The applicant should have a fair knowledge about the following topics. Having a solid knowledge about these topics is a plus, but it is not required for the applicant to know them all before applying.

  • Linux core components (systemd, udev, dbus, vfs, init scripts...), kernel configuration... 

  • QEMU usage. 

  • Knowledge of low level hardware components (CPU, UART, timers…). 

  • Linux distribution design tools (yocto…) usage.

  • Knowledge of various programming languages (e.g. Ada, C/C++, Makefiles, Python, bash, yaml, etc).

 

Timeframe and location

  • Time scale flexible, ideally in 2022

  • Duration somewhat flexible, ideally 6 months

  • Location: Toulouse (France)

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