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RIOT-2014.12 - Release Notes
============================
RIOT is a real-time multi-threading operating system that supports a range of
devices that are typically found in the Internet of Things: from 8-bit
microcontrollers to light-weight 32-bit processors.
RIOT is based on the following design principles: energy-efficiency, real-time
capabilities, small memory footprint, modularity, and uniform API access,
independent of the underlying hardware (this API offers partial POSIX
compliance).
New features
============
Core
----
+ introduced new thread_yield() and renamed the old implementation to thread_yield_higher()
Supported platforms
-------------------
Additional support for the following boards:
+ Arduino Mega 2560 (first-time support of an 8-bit platform)
+ HikoB Fox
+ Atmel samr21-Xplained Pro
+ OpenMote
+ cc2538 Developer Kit
+ Spark-Core
+ f4vi1
+ Airfy-Beacon
+ STMF0Discovery Board
+ STMF3Discovery Board
+ STMF4Discovery Board
+ nrf51822 Development Kit
+ yunjia-nrf51822
+ MSB-IoT
+ native on ARM platforms
Drivers
-------
+ various peripheral drivers (ADC, UART, timer, SPI, I²C, RTC, RTT, DAC, PWM...)
+ MQ-3 alcohol sensor
+ ISL29020 light sensor
+ LPS331AP pressure sensor
+ LSM303DLHC accelerometer
+ L3G4200D gyroscope
+ servo motor
+ TI HDC 1000 low power humidity and temperature digital sensor
+ SRF02/SRF08 ultrasonic range sensors
+ PIR motion sensor
+ RGB LED
Network Stack
---------------
+ AODVv2
+ RPL non-storing mode
+ OF manager for RPL
+ Source Routing Header support
+ introduced netapi
+ introduced netdev, a general interface for network device drivers
+ introduced global packet buffer
System libraries
----------------
+ CBOR
+ UBJSON
+ color module for PWM
Packages
--------
+ libfixmath
Other
-----
+ C++ support for most platforms
+ PCAP based wireless sniffer
Changes
=======
Core
----
* PIDs begin with 1
* mamximum 16 priority levels for every platform
* fixed sched_switch()
* simplified mutex signatures
* minimized size of TCB
* allow hwtimer to run with more than 1MHz
* imported ringbuffer from sys
Supported platforms
-------------------
* improved iot-lab_M3 support
* major improvements on the mbed LPC1768
* improved at86rf231 radio driver
* fixed hwtimer for MSP430
* added support for timer B for MSP430
* fixed thread_yield() for MSP430
* several fixes for the cc2420
* improved interrupt handling on ARM
* adjusted stack sizes for Cortex platforms
Network Stack
---------------
* refactored CCN-lite
* refactored RPL
* renamed destiny to transport_layer and socket_base
* several fixes for TCP
* split UDP and TCP
System libraries
----------------
- removed hashtable implementation
Packages
--------
* updated and simplified OpenWSN
Other
-----
* Improved and cleaned up build system
* various new helper targets (like debug, distclean, reset, objdump...)
* use newlib's nano specs if available
* various new features and added Python 3 compatibility for pyterm
* major reduction of warnings in doxygen and improved html layout
Fixed Issues from the last release
==================================
#426: Interrupt handling on MSP430 is buggy
Several fixes by @rousselk
#1798: core: first thread on runqueue is scheduled twice
Was fixed along with the thread_yield() refactoring
#1127: Random build fails on OSX
native is building stable also on OSX now
Known Issues
============
network related issues
----------------------
#21: Deal with stdin in bordermultiplex.c
Not all supported platforms provide a stdin in the current release.
However, the implementation of the 6LoWPAN border router won't work
without stdin.
#861: neighbor discovery for 6LoWPAN not working
Duplicate address detection according to RFC 6775 is also missing.
#1577: ccn-lite: populate does not work with disabled cache
If cache is set to zero, the chunks cannot be loaded and therefore also not get populated.
#1870: IPv6 neighbor advertisements are malformed
According to Wireshark, ICMPv6 neighbor advertisements are malformed (wrong
checksum or other reasons).
native related issues
---------------------
#495: native not float safe
When the FPU is used when an asynchronous context switch occurs, either the
stack gets corrupted or a floating point exception occurs.
#499: native is segfaulting on heavy network usage
Sending more than 100 packets per second causes a SEGFAULT in RIOT native.
#534: native debugging on osx fails
Using valgrind or gdb with a nativenet target in OSX leads to "the network"
being stuck (gdb) or the whole process being stuck (valgrind).
#715: test_hwtimer_wait fails on native
The problem appears to be lost signals and depends on the CPU speed.
#787: reboot not working with open file descriptors on native
If for example a tap device is in use, the reboot command fails.
#862: sometimes the tap bridge does not work in native
Sometimes (rather suddenly) packages are not received by a TAP and won't be
received even if I reconfigure the bridge.
other platform related issues
-----------------------------
#1232: x86 doesn't build on OS X with clang
Current version of the x86 port doesn't build for OS X with clang.
#1442: setting channel is not persistent cc2420
After changing the channel via a shell command, the channel reverts back to an arbitrary
value. However, this might be only a shell problem.
#1753: vtimer_msg test crashes after ~49'20"
dependent on the platform, vtimer stops working after some time.
#1891: printf formatting does not work properly on some Cortex platforms for 64 bit numbers
This problem happens mostly for the Newlib nano, which does not support 64 bit integer
printing, but sometimes happens also with other toolchains.
#1964 and #1955: eventual problems with IoT-LAB M3 nodes in the testbed
The shell is sometimes not properly working after a reboot and the PDR is sometimes
worse than expected.
#2143: tests.core doesn't compile for all platforms
For some missing GCC compiler builtins, the unittests do not compile for MSP430
platforms.
#2228: samd21 stack sizes are too small
The application examples/default for example will crash when issuing the txtsnd command
other issues:
--------------
#1449: a removed vtimer might still get called back by hwtimer
The timer callback might still fire even after vtimer_remove() was called.
#2175: valgrind registeres "Invalid write of size 4" in unittests for ubjson
According to valgrind the stack gets corrupted in UBJSON.
For all issues and open pull requests please check the RIOT issue tracker:
https://github.com/RIOT-OS/RIOT/issues
Special Thanks
--------------------
We like to give our special thanks to all the companies that provided us with their hardware for porting and testing, namely the people from (in alphabetical order): airfy, Atmel, ELL-i, Intel, IoT-Lab, mbed, Phytec, and Udoo
More information
================
http://www.riot-os.org
Mailing lists
-------------
* RIOT OS kernel developers list
* devel@riot-os.org (http://lists.riot-os.org/mailman/listinfo/devel)
* RIOT OS users list
* users@riot-os.org (http://lists.riot-os.org/mailman/listinfo/users)
* RIOT commits
* commits@riot-os.org (http://lists.riot-os.org/mailman/listinfo/commits)
* Github notifications
* notifications@riot-os.org (http://lists.riot-os.org/mailman/listinfo/notifications)
License
=======
* All sources and binaries that have been developed at Freie Universität Berlin
and most of the other code are licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public
License version 2 as published by the Free Software Foundation.
* Some external sources, especially files developed by SICS are published under
a separate license.
All code files contain licensing information.
RIOT-2014.05 - Release Notes
============================
RIOT is a real-time multi-threading operating system that supports a range of

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