Open source work on unikernels


A high-performance, virtualized software middle box platform based on open source virtualization. Early performance analysis shows that ClickOS VMs are small (5MB), boot quickly (as little as 20 milliseconds), add little delay (45 microseconds) and more than 100 can be concurrently run while saturating a 10Gb pipe on an inexpensive commodity server.


An operating system designed to work in distributed and cloud computing environments, written in the Go programming language.


A research prototype of a new form of virtualization for application sandboxing. Drawbridge combines two core technologies: a picoprocess, which is a process-based isolation container with a minimal kernel API surface, and a library OS, which is a version of Windows enlightened to run efficiently within a picoprocess.


A port of the Glasgow Haskell Compiler tool suite that enables developers to write high-level, lightweight VMs that can run directly on the Xen hypervisor.


A minimal, service oriented, includeable library operating system for cloud services. Currently a research project for running C++ code on virtual hardware.


A unikernel based on the Erlang/OTP and understands .beam files. Developers can create code in Erlang and deploy it as LING unikernels. LING removes the majority of vector files, uses only three external libraries and no OpenSSL.


A clean-slate library operating system that constructs unikernels for secure, high-performance network applications across a variety of cloud computing and mobile platforms. There are now almost 100 MirageOS libraries and a growing number of compatible libraries within the wider OCaml ecosystem.


A new OS designed specifically for cloud VMs from Cloudius Systems. Able to boot in less than a second, OSv is designed from the ground up to execute a single application on top of any hypervisor, resulting in superior performance, speed and effortless management. Support for C, JVM, Ruby and Node.js application stacks is available.


A software stack which enables running existing unmodified POSIX software as a unikernel. Rumprun supports multiple platforms, including bare hardware and hypervisors such as Xen and KVM. It is based on rump kernels which provide free, portable, componentized, kernel quality drivers such as file systems, POSIX system call handlers, PCI device drivers, a SCSI protocol stack, virtio and a TCP/IP stack.


An open-source library operating system for the cloud that runs JavaScript, could be bundled up with an application and deployed as a lightweight and immutable VM image. It's built on V8 JavaScript engine and uses event-driven and non-blocking I/O model inspired by Node.js. At the moment KVM is the only supported hypervisor.


UniK (pronounced you-neek) is a tool for simplifying compilation and orchestration of unikernels. Similar to the way Docker builds and orchestrates containers, UniK automates compilation of popular languages (C/C++, Golang, Java, Node.js. Python) into unikernels. UniK deploys unikernels as virtual machines on OpenStack, VirtualBox, QEMU, AWS, vSphere, ukvm, and Xen. UniK incorporates work from the Rumprun, OSv, IncludeOS, and MirageOS projects.

UniK Repository


HermitCore is a novel unikernel operating system targeting a scalable and predictable runtime behavior for HPC and cloud environments. The current version supports C/C++, Fortran, Go, Pthreads, OpenMP and iRCCE as message passing library. The potential of HermitCore is illustrated by a small number of videos.

HermitCore Repository