[riot-devel] NSTF - Naming the stack

Hauke Petersen hauke.petersen at fu-berlin.de
Mon May 4 16:05:54 CEST 2015

Hi everyone,

giving the ng_stack a name sounds like a very good idea to me (and as 
far as I remembered I already mentioned this last summer...). Though 
finding a name is tough and I don't like the obvious once (flexnet_, 
default_, riotnet_, etc...).

Also 'cutting' out the re-usable parts as headers, header parsing, 
checksum calculation and some others might make sense, though with this 
I think we have to keep in mind, that not every network stack 
implementation has to use those 'generic' building blocks, as these 
implementations might have their own requirements to certain function 
signatures etc...

When it comes to protocol header files, as 'net/udp.h', I would be even 
more careful. I don't think we will have a generic udp header, that each 
network stack will comply to. In my opinion, each network stack should 
just define it's own header files, as these will differ depending on 
their internal implementation...

The only important thing is, that we will have a clearly defined 
interface for applications (e.g. RIOT sockets, CoAP or whatever).

So I would say: let's find a name?!


On 04.05.2015 10:22, Kaspar Schleiser wrote:
> Hi,
> On 05/03/15 14:52, Martine Lenders wrote:
>>> Perfect. Still, what do we refer to when talking about "this new tack"?
>>> "the default stack"?
>> Yes.
> The problem here is that the interfaces someone uses will imply the
> implementation.
> For example, if someone includes "net/udp.h", after dropping the "ng_"
> prefix, you get the "default stack" udp include file.
> IMHO that file should include a stack agnostic interface whose
> implementation is selected by e.g., USEMODULE.
> Same for all other developer-accessible protocols.
> I'm happy with having a default network stack. I'm not happy if that
> stack's specific interface ends up as de-facto standard interface,
> making switching stacks practically impossible.
> Kaspar
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