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Intel Edison

The guide explains how to cross-compile Kaa C++ SDK for Intel Edison.

If this is the first time you use Intel Edison technology, see official instructions on how to configure your board and make it accessible through both serial terminal and the ssh client.

NOTE: This guide is verified against:

  • Host OS: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Desktop 64-bit
  • Device: Intel Edison Module & Intel Edison with Kit for Arduino
  • Target OS: Poky (Yocto Project Reference Distro) 1.7.3, kernel version 3.10.17-poky-edison+


To install all required third-party components, perform the instructions below directly on the Edison board. Some steps require root permissions.

  1. Connect to the board either though serial terminal or ssh client. See official Edison getting started guide.

  2. Install dependencies.

    opkg update
    opkg install coreutils libssp-staticdev libssp-dev
  3. Install Boost (version 1.54 and newer).

    tar -zxf boost_1_58_0.tar.gz
    cd boost_1_58_0/
    ./b2 install
  4. Install Apache Avro (version 1.7.5 to 1.7.7).

    tar -zxf avro-cpp-1.7.5.tar.gz
    cd avro-cpp-1.7.5/
    cmake .
    make install
  5. Install Botan (version 1.11).

    tar -zxf 1.11.28.tar.gz
    cd botan-1.11.28/
    make install
  6. Install SQLite. This step is optional and is only required if you want to use a persistent log storage for the Kaa data collection feature.

    opkg install sqlite3

    NOTE: On some Edison boards, the build may crash due to the lack of system resources (out of memory). If you experience this issue, reduce the number of workers used by the make command. For example: replace make -j4 with make.

Application cross-compilation

The third-party components listed above must be cross-compiled before building your Kaa application. This way you can obtain the object files .o and shared object files .so required to build and run the application.

Perform the following instructions on the host machine:

  1. Install the cross-compilation environment.

    mkdir edison_root && cd edison_root
    export EDISON_ROOT=$(pwd)
    export HOST_PYTHON=$(which python)
  2. Download 32-bit or 64-bit Cross Compiler Toolchain for Intel.

  3. Change the access permissions and run the toolchain-20140724-linux*.sh script.

    chmod +x toolchain-20140724-linux*.sh
    sudo chown -R <user_name>:<user_group> /opt

    NOTE: Edison toolchain default directory is /opt/poky-edison/1.6. If you change this directory, change all dependencies in the steps below accordingly.

  4. Install g++, CMake and (optionally) SQLite3.

    sudo apt-get install g++ cmake libboost1.55-all-dev libsqlite3-0 libsqlite3-dev
  5. Install the Avro C++ library manually.

    tar -zxf avro-cpp-1.7.5.tar.gz
    cd avro-cpp-1.7.5/
    cmake -G "Unix Makefiles"
    sudo make install
  6. Compile Boost. Boost uses its own build system, therefore it has to be compiled for host machine first.

    tar -zxf boost_1_58_0.tar.gz
    cd boost_1_58_0/

    Now you can build Boost libraries for Edison target.

    source /opt/poky-edison/1.6/environment-setup-core2-32-poky-linux
    sed -r 's#(using\s+gcc)(\s+;)#\1 :  : i586-poky-linux-g++ : <compileflags>-m32 -march=core2 -mtune=core2 -msse3 -mfpmath=sse -mstackrealign -fno-omit-frame-pointer --sysroot='${SDKTARGETSYSROOT}'\2#g' -i project-config.jam
    ./b2 install --prefix=$SDKTARGETSYSROOT/usr/local

    Copy ${SDKTARGETSYSROOT}/usr/local/lib/libboost_* object files to Edison’s /usr/local/lib directory (e.g. using SSH, SCP, etc.).

  7. Compile Apache Avro. Avro depends on some Boost components, therefore it is critical that you install them as described in the previous step.

    mkdir -p avro/target
    tar -xvzf avro-cpp-1.7.5.tar.gz -C ./avro/target
    cd ./avro/target/avro-cpp-1.7.5
    patch < avro-cpp-disable-tests.patch
    mkdir build && cd build
    source /opt/poky-edison/1.6/environment-setup-core2-32-poky-linux
    make && make install

    Copy Avro objects files ${SDKTARGETSYSROOT}/usr/lib/libavrocpp* to /usr/lib directory of Edison board.

  8. Build Botan.

    source /opt/poky-edison/1.6/environment-setup-core2-32-poky-linux
    tar -xvzf Botan-1.11.27.tgz
    cd Botan-1.11.27
    ${HOST_PYTHON} -E --cpu=x86_32 --cc-bin=${CROSS_COMPILE}g++ --prefix=${SDKTARGETSYSROOT}/usr
    make && make install

    Copy Botan object files ${SDKTARGETSYSROOT}/usr/lib/libbotan* to /usr/lib directory of Edison board.

  9. Download Kaa C++ SDK from your Kaa instance and compile it. See Generate SDK.

    mkdir kaa-cpp
    tar -zxf kaa-cpp-ep-sdk-*.tar.gz -C kaa-cpp
    cd kaa-cpp
    mkdir build
    cd build
    cmake -DCMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE=../toolchains/edison.cmake ..

Build Kaa application

After you installed the required dependencies and built the C++ SDK, you can build and run your Kaa application.

Since Edison runs on Linux, you can use the Linux guide to build and run your application.

NOTE: Make sure to specify correct compiler name when compiling your Kaa application for Edison.

For more information on how to build, upload and run your application on Edison board, see official user guide.