[CXP][RFC] pick POSIX/cobalt for the common user API

Philippe Gerum rpm at xenomai.org
Sun Jan 3 18:05:26 CET 2021


Philippe Gerum <rpm at xenomai.org> writes:

> The common Xenomai platform specification is about defining the
> commonalities among future Xenomai releases starting from 3.3, including
> the Xenomai 4 series based on a next generation (EVL) core. A common API
> available to applications for issuing requests to the real-time core is
> part of this specification.
>
> Implementing such interface would not preclude other APIs from
> co-existing in particular releases. However, use of this common API
> only would guarantee portability across releases.
>
> Excluding the legacy RTOS emulators such as VxWorks and pSOS, Xenomai
> 3.x provides two main APIs, a POSIX-compliant one (libcobalt) and a
> custom RTOS API aka Alchemy (libalchemy) on top of the Copperplate
> interface.
>
> PROPOSAL: Pick libcobalt as the common API defined by the CXP.
>
> As a consequence, Xenomai 4 would provide two direct interfaces to the
> underlying EVL core: via the libevl API [1] which is readily
> available, and its own implementation of libcobalt as part of a CXP
> compliance.
>
>                   applications
>       ....................................
>       libalchemy            libevl libcobalt
>            |                  |      |
>            |                  |      |
>       libcopperplate          |      |
>            |                  |      |
>            |                  |      |
>        libcobalt              |      |
>            |                  |      |
>            v                  v      v
>      (Cobalt core)           (EVL core)
>       -----------            ---------
>       Xenomai 3.x            Xenomai 4
>
>
> Thanks,
>
> [1] https://evlproject.org/core/user-api/

It's been nearly a month since this proposal was submitted, with no
fundamental objection raised so far. Therefore it is going to be part of
the CXP in the terms discussed earlier.

Thanks,

-- 
Philippe.



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