Android, OSGi & Cloudsmith: Cool Things Come in Threes

Ken Gilmer (Bug Labs, Inc.), Lucas McGregor (AOL/Xdrive), Henrik Lindberg (Cloudsmith Inc.)

OSGi DevCon · Gold Sponsor Talk

Tuesday, 15:30, 50 minutes | Ballroom E | Download in iCal Format


Ken Gilmer

Cloudsmith is a new web service that makes it easy to publish and consume virtual distributions of OSGi and other software components. Cloudsmith is representative of a larger trend in which software development, as well as software itself, is woven into the fabric of the web.

This talk will demonstrate a cluster of these supporting technologies working together to create an OSGi-based mobile application:

- Cloudsmith's virtual distro service
- AOL's XDrive virtual storage service
- Eclipse Spaces' personal publishing service
- Google's Android client platform
- OSGi (Apache Felix/OBR)

The demo application will be developed as a service bundle for deployment on OSGi-enabled Android and BUG Labs mobile devices. Cloudsmith will be used to publish and consume OSGi bundles comprising the application and as an assembly mechanism for separate developer distros for Android/Felix and the Dragonfly (BUG) SDK. XDrive will be used as an infrastructure provider for Eclipse Spaces and as an OSGi bundle providing virtual storage used in the demo app. Eclipse Spaces will be incorporated as a publishing mechanism for newly developed components.

After a brief overview of the key contributing technologies, we will provide a live demonstration of key steps in developing the demo app. We will then show the resulting service bundle(s) running on the Android and BUG Labs clients using Cloudsmith's OBR.

The talk will be structured as a group presentation by Cloudsmith, AOL and BUG Labs.

Ken Gilmer writes software for himself even when he's writing software for others. String matching algorithms, Gentoo, OSGi, embedded systems, and Eclipse are presently keeping him occupied. Ken resides in Brooklyn, New York.

I am currently acting as a Chief Architect in AOL's Online Media group. I came to AOL by way of the online storage, Xdrive, where I was one of the founders. Right now my work at AOL expands upon my previous experience at Xdrive in developing large scale solutions for managing digital assets for users. I have had wide experiences with Internet based open distributed computing systems. I am a long time advocate of the Java platform and open source solutions. At AOL, our group is one of the largest installations of JBoss. I personally have two open source projects, JMX4ODP ( and JPAW ( Additionally, I have been lucky enough to have some of my code incorporated into other open source projects from Apache, JBoss, and ObjectWeb

Henrik is a founder and CTO of Cloudsmith Inc., an Eclipse strategic member and EclipseCon 2008 Gold Sponsor. Henrik has over 20 years of experience architecting and developing innovative infrastructure and application software and tooling. Past positions include leadership of BEA's Java Run-Time Group (JRockit) and CTO and/or technical founder of several publicly and privately held software companies. Henrik leads the Eclipse Spaces project and is a major contributor to the Buckminster project.

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