This Python library was evolved at IronPort Systems and has been provided as open source by Cisco Systems under an MIT license.
Shrapnel is a library for high-performance concurrency. It uses coroutines to implement user threads on top of either kqueue (FreeBSD, OS X) or /dev/epoll (linux), and is written mostly in Pyrex/Cython, supporting both 32-bit and 64-bit platforms. It is the culmination of about 8 years of work at IronPort Systems, a provider of high-speed mail appliances. It was open-sourced by Cisco Systems in late 2011.
- Lightweight threads, event-driven scheduler.
- Underneath: non-blocking operations on descriptors, like sockets and pipes.
- On top, synchronous API for straight-line, simple code.
- Highly scalable - tens or hundreds of thousands of connections/threads.
- Thread synchronization primitives, like mutexes, semaphores, etc...
- Wait on kqueue events like file/directory changes, signals, processes, etc... [kqueue only]
- DNS stub resolver (full-fledged resolver may be forthcoming)
- HTTP server and client
- Support for TLS via tlslite (openssl interface may be forthcoming)
- other protocols/codecs: ldap, asn1, ftp, mysql, postgres, AMQP.
- MIT License.