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September 27-30, 2021
Seattle, Washington, USA + Virtual
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Tuesday, September 28 • 4:00pm - 4:50pm
(VIRTUAL) Building Low-Latency Secure Embedded System Using eBPF - Alexandru Vochescu, University "Politehnica" of Bucharest & Alexandru Radovici, Wyliodrin

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A major drawback of RTOSes is the low latency response limitation. Even if these systems are called real time, due to their software stack they can only guarantee a response time of a few milliseconds. On a particular note, Tock, an embedded operating system written in Rust, that offers a high degree of security, by clearly separating kernel, drivers and userspace, suffers from a high performance penalty when it comes to real-time response. This presentation will show how eBPF has been introduced in Tock to greatly improve low-latency responses. Using this method, applications can submit arbitrary code to be run at kernel speed in a fully secure environment. This addition to Tock basically defines a third type of application that is neither a userspace program nor a driver. It has all the performance advantages of a driver, while obeying similar constraints to userspace applications. This work has been inspired by the usage of eBPF in the Linux kernel to obtain similar results for general purpose OSes and applications.

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avatar for Alexandru Radovici

Alexandru Radovici

CEO, Wyliodrin SRL
Alexandru is an Assistant Professor at the Politehnica University of Bucharest and the co-founder of Wyliodrin, an IoT start-up. During the last 10 years, Alexandru has worked with IoT systems and has built several open-source IoT platforms, for education and industry use. He is a... Read More →
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Alexandru Vochescu

Student, University "Politehnica" of Bucharest
Alexandru is an MSc student at the Politehnica University of Bucharest and the Open-Source team lead at Wyliodrin (a university spin-off). He has been part of several NGOs ever since he was in middle school, where he gave multiple presentations and workshop sessions in front of large... Read More →


Tuesday September 28, 2021 4:00pm - 4:50pm PDT
MeetingPlay Platform + Virtual Learning Lab