Road Map for 2021 Jan 15, 2021

In 2021, we plan to bring Genode to the PinePhone, advance the framework's GPU support, and focus on development workflows.

During the annual road-map discussion on Genode's public mailing list, the following hot topics for this year emerged.

First and most inspiring for many Genode developers, we aspire to have Genode running on the PinePhone with basic feature-phone functionality by the end of the year. Since this will involve substantial device-driver-related developments, the team will take this line of work as an opportunity to advance the tooling and workflows for carrying out such tasks. This, in turn, will hopefully ease the on-boarding of new driver developers in the future.

Closely related to the PinePhone scenario, the project will make optimizations a top priority this year. The opportunities are plenty, ranging from micro-optimizations, over API refinements, to architectural changes if needed.

Another recurring topic is the request for GPU support, which is required by many modern workloads such as video conferencing or streaming on mobile device. Therefore, we will revamp our past developments of GPU multiplexing on Intel hardware while also starting the investigation of GPUs on ARM-based devices.

More information about our review of the past year, this year's focus, and a rough schedule are presented at our official road-map page.