The Demikernel is a library operating system architecture designed for use with kernel-bypass I/O devices. The Demikernel architecture offers a uniform system call API across kernel-bypass technologies (e.g., RDMA, DPDK) and OS functionality (e.g., a user-level networking stack for DPDK). Demeter OS is our first Demikernel OS, currently in the prototype stage.
To read more about the motivation behind the Demikernel, check out this blog post.
To get details about the system, read our HotOS paper.
Application wanting to use the Demikernel/Demeter OS should include
header files from
include/dmtr. Most of the Demeter libOS code is
src/c++/libos. Example applications that work with the
Demikernel API are in
include/dmtr/- Demikernel/Demeter header files
scripts/- scripts for using the Demikernel/Demeter OS
build/- build scripts
cmake/- cmake build scripts
run/- scripts for running experiments
setup/- scripts for setting up environment to use the Demikernel
src/c++/- most of the Demikernel/Demeter libOS code
apps/- C++ Demikernel example apps
echo/- A simple multi-client echo server
latency/- performance measurement code for measuring latencies of various components
libos/- All Demikernel/Demeter libOS components
common/- code common to all libOSes regardless of kernel-bypass device. Implements functionality across queues.
lwip/- simple DPDK libOS based on the lwIP stack.
posix/- libOS without kernel-bypass using the POSIX API and the Linux kernel for I/O
rdma/- RDMA libOS using two-sided operations to implements Demikernel queues
spdk- simple libOS that implements a single log file on a SPDK drive. (untested)
submodules- Demikernel/Demeter external dependencies and example applications
Heap-Layers/- needed by Hoard
Hoard/- unmodified Hoard memory allocator
HoardRdma- modified version of Hoard that registers all of the heap for RDMA access
dpdk/- version of DPDK used for Demikernel/Demeter
redis-lwip- modified Redis to work with the Demikernel interfaces, set up to compile with lwIP libOS
redis-posix- modified Redis to work with the Demikernel interfaces, set up to compile with POSIX libOS
redis-rdma- modified Redis to work with the Demikernel interfaces, set up to compile with RDMA libOS
redis-vanilla- unmodified version of Redis
spdk- version of SPDK used for spdk libOS
tapir-lwip- version of TAPIR modified to run with Demikernel syscall API, set up to compile with lwIP libOS
tapir-posix- version of TAPIR modified to run with Demikernel syscall API, set up to compile with POSIX libOS
tapir-rdma- version of TAPIR modified to run with Demikernel syscall API, set up to compile with RDMA libOS
Demikernel Syscall API
Refer to syscall documentation API.md
See BUILDING.md for build instructions.
Code of Conduct
See CONTRIBUTING.md for details regarding how to contribute to Demikernel.
The Demikernel is prototype code. As such, we provide no guarantees that it will work and you are assuming any risks with using the code. We welcome comments and feedback. Please send any questions or comments to email@example.com. By sending feedback, you are consenting to your feedback being used in the further development of this project.