As the Internet of Musical Things (IoMusT) emerges, audio-specific operating systems (OSs) are required on embedded hardware to ease development and portability of IoMusT applications. Despite the increasing importance of IoMusT applications, in this article, we show that there is no OS able to fulfill the diverse requirements of IoMusT systems. To address such a gap, we propose the Elk Audio OS as a novel and open source OS in this space. It is a Linux-based OS optimized for ultra-low-latency and high-performance audio and sensor processing on embedded hardware, as well as for handling wireless connectivity to local and remote networks. Elk Audio OS uses the Xenomai real-time kernel extension, which makes it suitable for the most demanding of low-latency audio tasks. We provide the first comprehensive overview of Elk Audio OS, describing its architecture and the key components of interest to potential developers and users. We explain operational aspects like the configuration of the architecture and the control mechanisms of the internal sound engine, as well as the tools that enable an easier and faster development of connected musical devices. Finally, we discuss the implications of Elk Audio OS, including the development of an open source community around it.

Elk Audio OS: an open source operating system for the Internet of Musical Things / Turchet, Luca; Fischione, Carlo. - In: ACM TRANSACTIONS ON THE INTERNET OF THINGS. - ISSN 2691-1914. - 2021:12(2021), pp. 1-18. [10.1145/3446393]

Elk Audio OS: an open source operating system for the Internet of Musical Things

Luca Turchet;
2021-01-01

Abstract

As the Internet of Musical Things (IoMusT) emerges, audio-specific operating systems (OSs) are required on embedded hardware to ease development and portability of IoMusT applications. Despite the increasing importance of IoMusT applications, in this article, we show that there is no OS able to fulfill the diverse requirements of IoMusT systems. To address such a gap, we propose the Elk Audio OS as a novel and open source OS in this space. It is a Linux-based OS optimized for ultra-low-latency and high-performance audio and sensor processing on embedded hardware, as well as for handling wireless connectivity to local and remote networks. Elk Audio OS uses the Xenomai real-time kernel extension, which makes it suitable for the most demanding of low-latency audio tasks. We provide the first comprehensive overview of Elk Audio OS, describing its architecture and the key components of interest to potential developers and users. We explain operational aspects like the configuration of the architecture and the control mechanisms of the internal sound engine, as well as the tools that enable an easier and faster development of connected musical devices. Finally, we discuss the implications of Elk Audio OS, including the development of an open source community around it.
2021
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Turchet, Luca; Fischione, Carlo
Elk Audio OS: an open source operating system for the Internet of Musical Things / Turchet, Luca; Fischione, Carlo. - In: ACM TRANSACTIONS ON THE INTERNET OF THINGS. - ISSN 2691-1914. - 2021:12(2021), pp. 1-18. [10.1145/3446393]
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