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Theme fund: NGI0 Entrust
Start: 2023-12
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uFork/FPGA

A memory-safe pure-actor processor soft-core

uFork is a novel microprocessor architecture based on dispatching immutable asynchronous message-events to reactive objects (actors) which manage private mutable state. Contention for shared mutable storage is eliminated, reducing complexity. Strong process and memory isolation prevents interference among tasks. Object-capability security (ocaps) provides fine-grained access control. The architecture has been validated by implementing a virtual-machine in software. This project will implement the design using FPGA hardware fully supported by open-source tooling.

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This project was funded through the NGI0 Entrust Fund, a fund established by NLnet with financial support from the European Commission's Next Generation Internet programme, under the aegis of DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology under grant agreement No 101069594.