Hi Mi Fans, here we have very interesting news over the weekend about Xiaomi’s initiative to contribute to the open-source community. |
As an advocator and contributor to the open-source community, Xiaomi hosted the HBaseCon Asia 2019 in Beijing, called for industry leaders to further engage with the open-source initiatives and collaborate toward more democratic and transparent open-source communities.
Xiaomi is currently the fourth-largest smartphone brand and the world’s largest consumer IoT platform; however, the company didn’t start off with hardware as its initial focus. Instead, Xiaomi’s first product was the Android-based operating system MIUI, launched in 2010, which benefited greatly from the online community’s contributions.
“Open-source initiatives have no borders. Nowadays it is almost impossible for a company to remain technologically advanced and rapidly upgrade its products without adopting open-source technologies,” said Dr. Baoqiu Cui, Vice President of Xiaomi Corporation and Chairman of Technical Committee.
Xiaomi has taken other steps to champion open-source software. In 2018, Xiaomi officially open-sourced MACE (Mobile AI Compute Engine), a deep-learning inference framework. Xiaomi also invested RMB 1.65 billion in R&D in the first quarter of 2019, an increase of 50 percent from the prior year. The total investment in R&D last year was RMB 5.8 billion.
What is an HBaseCon Asia Event?
Established in 2017, the annual HBaseCon Asia event gathers committers, contributors, developers, operators, learners, and users. HBaseCon is the premier conference for the community of Apache HBase, an open-source, distributed, non-relational database for the Apache Hadoop ecosystem, which develops open-source software for reliable, scalable, distributed computing.
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