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FAODEL Overview

FAODEL (Flexible, Asynchronous, Object Data-Exchange Libraries) is a collection of software libraries that are used to implement different data management services on high-performance computing (HPC) platforms. This project is part of the Advanced Technology Development and Mitigation (ATDM) effort for NNSA's ASC program at Sandia National Laboratories.


FAODEL is composed of multiple libraries:

  • Kelpie: Kelpie is a distributed memory service that enables applications to migrate different data objects between compute nodes in a platform. It utilizes out-of-band RDMA communication to enable different MPI jobs to interact with each other.
  • DirMan: DirMan is a service for managing runtime information (e.g., a list of nodes that make up a pool for storing data).
  • OpBox: OpBox is a communication engine responsible for orchestrating complex communication patterns in a distributed system. Rather than use traditional remote-procedure call (RPC) techniques, communication is facilitated through state machines called Ops. Ops allow distributed protocols to run asynchronously, without explicit maintenance by user services.
  • Lunasa: Lunasa is a memory management unit for data that may be transmitted on the network using RDMAs. In order to reduce network registration overheads, Lunasa allocates sizable amounts of registered memory and then suballocates it to applications through tcmalloc. User allocations are described by Lunasa Data Objects (LDOs), which provide reference counting and object description in the stack.
  • NNTI: NNTI is a low-level, RDMA portability layer for high-performance networks. It provides application with the ability to send messages and coordinate RDMA transfers via registered memory.
  • Whookie: Whookie is a network service for FAODEL nodes that enables users and applications to query and change the state of a node via an HTTP connection.
  • Services: Basic services that make it easier to write communication applications.
  • Common: Common is a collection of data types and software functions that are used throughout FAODEL.
  • SBL: The Simplified Boost Logging (SBL) library provides a way to map log information in FAODEL components to Boost's logging library.

Additional Information

This release includes files to help guide users. The files are:

  • INSTALL: Details about how to configure, build, install and run the software provided in this release. This document is a good starting point, as the build process can be challenging on different platforms.
  • LICENSE: The FAODEL code uses the MIT license.
  • NEWS: The news file provides a history of major changes provided with each release of this software. Developers should review this document when switching to a new release.


The following developers contributed code to the FAODEL:

  • Nathan Fabian
  • Todd Kordenbrock
  • Scott Levy
  • Shyamali Mukherjee
  • Gary Templet
  • Craig Ulmer
  • Patrick Widener

The following helped contribute ideas and provided feedback for the project:

  • Margaret Lawson
  • Jay Lofstead
  • Ron Oldfield
  • Jeremy Wilke

This release includes third-party software that contains its own licensing and copyright info:

  • cereal (in tpl/cereal)
  • gperftools (in tpl/gperftools)
  • Boost ASIO examples (in src/whookie/server)


Copyright 2018 National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC (NTESS). Under the terms of Contract DE-NA0003525 with NTESS, the U.S. Government retains certain rights in this software.


Flexible, Asynchronous, Object Data-Exchange Libraries: HPC libraries for moving data between applications




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