Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions and health concerns, the Spring 2020 UEFI Plugfest has been rescheduled for Oct. 26 – 30, 2020 at the Embassy Suites in Hillsboro, Oregon. In place of the Spring Plugfest, the UEFI 2020 Virtual Plugfest will now take place online through a series of themed educational webinars presented by UEFI Forum members. The webinars will be free and open to the public.
Recordings of the webinars will be available after the presentations have concluded. If you register now but are unable to attend the live presentation, you can view the presentation recording on the UEFI Forum YouTube channel after the webinar has concluded.
Tuesday, May 19 from 8:00 am – 8:45 am PT
Compute Express Link (CXL) is a new high-speed CPU-to-Device and CPU-to-Memory interconnect designed to accelerate next-generation data center performance. CXL is designed to be an industry open standard interface for high-speed communications, as accelerators and memory expanders are increasingly used to complement CPUs in support of emerging applications. The CXL 1.1 specification is already available, with work on future versions underway. CXL reinforces the need for standardization, with focus on technologies such as UEFI, ACPI and PCIe to provide the necessary interfaces between the firmware and the operating systems to support CXL new use cases of accelerators and memory expansion across different implementations. This presentation will first briefly introduce CXL 1.1 standard. It will then delve into the technical details of the proposed enhancements to the UEFI and ACPI specifications required for operating systems to manage CXL devices and ports in a system.
Register for the webinar: https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/18206/401857.
Wednesday, May 20 from 8:00 am – 9:00 am PT
This webinar will provide an overview of the market reality of the boot system firmware on Arm systems, from servers to edge devices. It covers the range of firmware standards available for those systems, including Arm Trusted Firmware, SBBR (UEFI/ACPI), EBBR (UEFI on top of uboot), as well as LinuxBoot. The session also covers the evolution of the Arm firmware standards and the ServerReady program around UEFI and ACPI to design systems that “just work”, regardless of the segment.
Register for the webinar: https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/18206/401859.
Future Webinar Topics Include:
- LinuxBoot Integration with UEFI Host Firmware
- TrenchBoot and GRUB - Really Quick Introduction
- Microsoft’s Continued Advancements in the UEFI Ecosystem
- JTAG-based UEFI Debug and Trace
- Best Practices for Secure Firmware Patching
- Enabling Rust for UEFI Firmware
- Driver Development with EDKII
- Implementing and Using the UEFI Key Management Service (KMS)
Wednesday, April 29 from 8:00 am – 8:45 am PT
Firmware standards such as UEFI and ACPI are one of the foundational pillars for Arm servers, and a major reason for the continued growth of this horizontally-integrated ecosystem. Non-server "Edge" systems, however, are still an embedded-style vertically-integrated market, which is preventing at-scale adoption and proliferation of Arm-based Edge/IoT Compute.
Thus, let's make "Arm Edge" as boring as "Arm Servers" and start with the iconic Raspberry Pi.
This is a presentation and demo of VMware's and Arm's joint open effort to bring Arm ServerReady experiences to the Raspberry Pi 4 via community-developed SBBR (UEFI + ACPI) firmware. The session covers the history of the Pi UEFI port, current status and technical challenges that remain to be solved. The webinar is open to the public and attendees will get the chance to participate in a live Q&A session.
Webinar slide presentation: Coming soon!