2021 was another “interesting” year. We hope that things worked out OK for you. We’ve stayed nice and busy doing the things we love to do. So lots more C++ on various platforms for various clients. For us, and a few of our clients, 2021 was the year that NUMA really started to be a thing. Mostly, up until now, we’ve been able to ignore NUMA hardware. Most clients scale out across cheap hardware and we’re used to dealing with that.
The Linux port of The Server Framework is going really well and we now have investigated both libuv and epoll back ends. There’s still a lot of work to do before this will be something that we’re releasing generally but the client’s that are working with us on this are really excited by how well it’s going. The massively modernised, and far in the future 7.0 release of The Server Framework will include the Linux changes and our 6.
We’re going to be really busy for the rest of the year as we’ve just won a large contract with our Industrial Control Client in Germany. We’ll be working on the systems that we’ve worked on for them before, adding new functionality and integrating The Server Framework into some applications that we haven’t worked on before. The Linux port of The Server Framework is going really well and we now have a server and client system running on Linux using our custom reliable UDP network layer.
We’re currently working on a proof of concept Linux port of one of our more complex server systems for a client. This is interesting stuff and surprisingly easy. Most of our framework code ported pretty quickly and now runs nicely on a test Ubuntu 16.04 box as well as on Windows. We’re using CLion and CMake on Linux and this has provided a surprisingly familiar environment to work in. It’s very early days but things look good and I expect we’ll eventually do this work again properly and roll it out as part of The Server Framework.
This year is proving to be yet another busy one for us. We’ve continued to work with Eonic Gaming on their servers for the Turf Battles Triumphus 3D MMORPG and we have done quite a bit of work with various clients regarding hardening their TLS servers. The main focus though has been digging into WebRTC data channels. The WebRTC work is nice, though fairly complex. It’s based on lots of RFCs and the initial learning curve was pretty steep.
We’ve been busy with lots of custom development work over the last few months. Working with Eonic Gaming on their server for the Turf Battles Triumphus 3D MMORPG. Working with one of our security company clients on their video streaming server, adding RTP over TCP and HLS streams to the RTP over UDP of the original design. Improving the performance and functionality of the pluggable server that we wrote for one of our other gaming clients as they scale out into the cloud.
We’re pleased to be working with one of our secretive security company clients again to provide a custom video streaming server for them. The server will enable them to record and stream live video from their network of “internet of things” connected devices. As with all M2M and IoT projects this system needs to be able to scale to many thousands of concurrently connected devices and we’re pleased to be able to use The Server Framework’s new Streaming Media Option pack to be able to provide a complete solution quickly and cost effectively for our client.
We’re pleased to be working with Eonic Gaming in the development of the server for their Turf Battles Triumphus 3D MMORPG. Eonic have selected us to replace their existing networking code with The Server Framework to improve the stability and performance of their server.
We’re pleased to be working with VEXIS Systems Inc. again to extend the high performance pluggable server platform that we built for them back in 2008 using The Server Framework. Later, we extended the server to support the hosting of managed plugins with our CLR Hosting Option Pack and some custom development. This time around we’re adding more new functionality to make it easier for them to integrate with external systems.
We’re pleased to be extending the M2M server that we developed for this client back in February last year. They’re adding lots of interesting new functionality. Should be fun!