The Composite Component-Based OS
This is the source code for the Composite component-based OS. Even low-level system policies such as scheduling, memory mapping, and synchronization are defined as discrete user-level components. Each component exports an interface used to harness its functionality, and components are composed together to form an executable system.
Please see http://composite.seas.gwu.edu for publications and more information.
Research features of Composite
See a summary of the research directions of Composite at http://composite.seas.gwu.edu.
Where to start -- a tour of the source code
Please read the doc/ directory for more information on how the code is organized
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To run Composite, you start by reading the installation and usage summary in
Composite system support
- booting using Linux 2.6.33 or 2.6.36 (see Hijack support for booting information)
- networking using Linux drivers and a modified tun/tap driver to communicate with Composite
The code is pre-alpha quality. Some parts are quite solid, many others are absolutely not. Please consult with us to determine if it is right for your use-case.
This code is licensed under the GPL version 2.0 with the classpath exception:
The Composite Component-Based OS Copyright (C) 2009 Gabriel Parmer This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details. Linking this library statically or dynamically with other modules is making a combined work based on this library. Thus, the terms and conditions of the GNU General Public License cover the whole combination. As a special exception, the copyright holders of this library give you permission to link this library with independent modules to produce an executable, regardless of the license terms of these independent modules, and to copy and distribute the resulting executable under terms of your choice, provided that you also meet, for each linked independent module, the terms and conditions of the license of that module. An independent module is a module which is not derived from or based on this library. If you modify this library, you may extend this exception to your version of the library, but you are not obligated to do so. If you do not wish to do so, delete this exception statement from your version. You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301, USA.
This license is not set in stone, and we would be willing to negotiate on a case-by-case basis for more business-friendly terms. The license should not prevent you from using this OS, as alternatives can be arranged. It should prevent you from stealing the work and claiming it as your own.
We'd like to sincerely thank our sponsors. The Composite
Component-Based OS development effort has been supported by grants
from the National Science Foundation (NSF) under awards
CNS 1149675, and