Smart Connectors for the Next Generation Internet
What are the benefits of using Reowolf connectors over BSD-style sockets for Internet applications?
Declarative Protocol Language
Applications declare the network's behavior it expects from the connector declaratively and ahead-of-time, in a domain specific language:
Protocol Description Language (PDL).
Privacy-first Quality of Service
A Reowolf implementation offers optimization opportunities and intrusion detection capability that does not rely on ad-hoc and non-standard techniques such as Deep Packet Inspection (DPI).
Programming distributed Internet applications using connectors is simpler than using sockets: applications use only a single connector to manage communication with multiple peers.
Connectors are compositionally built from user-definable protocol components, that improves reusability and allows for formal verification of high-level protocol properties.
Compatibility & Interoperability
Connectors can run seamlessly on existing Internet infrastructure, and is interoperable with socket-based applications using current and novel transport layer implementations.
Operating System Integration
Reowolf aims at building two standardized implementations, following the development model of pthreads: a user-mode reference implementation and a kernel-mode driver.
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Reowolf 1.0 has received funding from NGI ZERO PET Fund, a fund established by NLnet Foundation with financial support from the European Commission, as part of the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, under grant agreement No. 825310.
Reowolf 2.0 has received funding from NGI POINTER, the Next Generation Internet Program for Open Internet Renovation, with financial support from the European Commission, as part of the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, under Grant Agreement No. 871528.