Microsoft, Google partner on eBPF
Companies such as Microsoft, Google and Facebook are supporting initiative to promote extended Berkley Packet Filter (eBPF) technology, which allows developers to securely embed programs into any software, including system kernels operating.
Hosted by the Linux Foundation, the new eBPF foundation, which was unveiled on August 12, plans to extend eBPF and extend it beyond Linux. The eBPF Foundation will host eBPF open source projects and promote eBPF adoption and participation in the eBPF community. Other founding members include Netflix and Isovalent.
With its origins in the Linux kernel, eBPF allows execution of sandboxed programs in an operating system kernel, with extended kernel capabilities without modifying the kernel source code or loading kernel modules. This is becoming the method of choice for a range of infrastructure cases, the Linux Foundation said. Facebook, for example, used eBPF in its primary software-defined load balancer in its data centers, while Google used eBPF-based networking and security with the managed Kubernetes offerings GKE and Anthos, via the technology. Cilium eBPF.
Positioned as changing the way operating systems and infrastructure services are designed, eBPF bridges the line between kernel and user space. It is considered a leap forward in open source technology for networking, security, application profiling and tracing, and system observability use cases.
With eBPF, the operating system kernel becomes programmable, allowing infrastructure software to leverage existing layers, making them smarter, scalable and feature rich without adding additional layers of complexity to the system.
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