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Open-Source for Automotive: ZettaScale’s Panel Discussion

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Open-source software increasingly became a crucial component in the development and certification of software-defined vehicles (SDVs).

Consequently, ZettaScale Technology, a leading developer of open-source communication middleware set the stage to delve deeper into this topic.

This is why we hosted a panel titled “Open Source and Certification in Automotive” to explore the synthesis of open-source methodologies with stringent automotive safety standards.

This initiative aimed to bridge the gap between innovative open-source approaches and the rigorous demands of automotive safety.

Panel Composition and Expert Insights

The panel had a lineup of experts who were at the forefront of automotive and software technology:

  • Angelo Corsaro, CEO & CTO of ZettaScale, moderated the discussion, bringing his extensive knowledge of distributed computing systems.
  • Daniel Krippner, Open Source Technologist at ETAS, shared insights on integrating open-source practices within traditional automotive development frameworks.
  • Dana Vede, SW Process Engineer at Eclipse SDV, discussed the challenges open-source software faced with automotive safety certifications like ISO-26262.
  • Frédéric Desbiens, Program Manager, Embedded, IoT, and Edge Computing at Eclipse Foundation, shared his experience with ThreadX. He explained the transition from Microsoft to open-source.
  • Steven Hartley, Senior Software Architect at General Motors, shared his experience with making GM’s uProtocol open source. He also discussed its role in the Eclipse SDV project.
  • Rex Schilasky, head of Rapid Prototyping Software Platform Development at Continental, provided insights on using open-source solutions in automotive projects.

Addressing Certification Challenges

Zenoh in automotive innovation

The panel explored how open-source software could have met and perhaps redefined the criteria for automotive safety and functional safety standards.

Traditional interpretations of these standards often seemed incompatible with open-source practices.

However, the discussion aimed to shed light on how these apparent discrepancies had been reconciled to foster innovation while ensuring safety.

Why This Matters?

An increasing number of OEM and Tier-1 companies looked at open-source software to accelerate and share the cost of innovation.

They also aimed to modernise software development within the automotive industry.

This posed new certification challenges. The traditional interpretation of norms like ISO-26262 seemed contrary to many open-source practices. But was it really?

This panel explored pioneering activities in open-source certification. It discussed the challenges, opportunities, practices, and changes needed for standardisation norms.

Join the Discussion

The event streamed live on YouTube on the 30th of April at 3 pm CET provided a platform for software engineers, software architects, developers, and automotive industry professionals to gain direct insights from leading experts in the field.

During this living session, Angelo Corsaro said: “ZettaScale played an active role in establishing an innovative and viable Open-Source framework for next-generation automotive.

Consequently, as the release of Eclipse Zenoh 1.0.0 approached, and with major players like General Motors already on board as early adopters, the automotive industry was on the brink of a major shift.

The insights from this panel had the potential to dictate the direction of automotive software development in the years to come.

ZettaScale Technology continued to lead the charge in leveraging open-source innovation to redefine automotive software standards. Those who joined became part of this transformative journey in the automotive industry.




ZettaScale’s mission is to bring to every connected human and machine the unconstrained freedom to communicate, compute and store — anywhere, at any scale, efficiently and securely.

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