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The OSKit Project

The OSKit Project
The OSKit Project

The OSKit is a framework and a set of 34 component libraries oriented to operating systems, together with extensive documentation. By providing in a modular way not only most of the infrastructure “grunge” needed by an OS, but also many higher-level components, the OSKit’s goal is to lower the barrier to entry to OS R&D and to lower its costs. The OSKit makes it vastly easier to create a new OS, port an existing OS to the x86 (or in the future, to other architectures supported by the OSkit), or enhance an OS to support a wider range of devices, file system formats, executable formats, or network services. The OSKit also works well for constructing OS-related programs, such as boot loaders or OS-level servers atop a microkernel.

For language researchers and enthusiasts, the OSKit lets them concentrate on the real issues raised by using advanced languages inside operating systems, such as Java, Lisp, Scheme, or ML— instead of spending six months or years groveling inside ugly code and hardware. With the recent addition of extensive multithreading and sophisticated scheduling support, the OSKit also provides a nmodular platform for embedded applications, as well as a novel component-based approach to constructing entire operating systems.

Although the OSKit contains substantial machine-independent code, it currently only contains machine-dependent code for the Intel x86 and Digital DNARD (StrongArm SA-110 CPU). Ports to other platforms are being considered– if you’re interested, please contact us! A handy development and debugging capability is the ability to run most kernels on top of Unix. “Transmuting raw code into robust components since 2000.” Alchemy Project LogoThe Alchemy project integrates support for cross-cutting concerns, also called aspects, into component-based programming.

Aspects that span natural component boundaries are particularly pervasive within low-level systems software, embedded software, and middleware: such aspects include concerns such as concurrency, memory management, and real-time scheduling. Alchemy explores new ways of dealing with such cross-cutting issues in realistic systems and embedded software, thus making the software both easy to configure and robust.

The Alchemy project is creating new language and tool suites for componentizing systems and embedded software, with particular attention to the specification, verification, and optimized implementation of cross-cutting dependencies. The Alchemy project is also integrating new quality of service (QoS) aspect technologies with existing component-based systems, such as BBN’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Open Experimental Platform (OEP). Alchemy is supported by DARPA under the Program Composition for Embedded Systems (PCES) program.

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