Skynet is a framework for distributed services in Go.



##Introduction Skynet is a communication protocol for building massively distributed apps in Go. It is not constrained to Go, so it will lend itself nicely to polyglot environments. The first planned language addition is Ruby.

Skynet is currently undergoing a large refactoring. What's represented here used to exist under the skynet2 repo, and leverages zookeeper. We are currently refactoring to use the new SkyDNS and HTTP/JSON. This readme as well as extensive documentation will be released when the refactoring is completed.

##Open Source - MIT Software License Copyright (c) 2013 Brian Ketelsen

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  • Dashboard


    Refactoring of InstanceMonitor to use a single notification channel and a callback method to keep the exposed interface from having to know anything about the InstanceListener object, and monitoring many channels.

    Also refactored instancesocket.go to support cleaning up after timeouts, and stale web sockets that failed to read/write, this refactoring also includes modifications so that it uses the new InstanceMonitor implementation

    Several changes to the logging inside dashboard that were merged from andrey's branch

    opened by erikstmartin 16
  • Pluggable configuration storage

    Pluggable configuration storage

    Doozer is primary and makes most sense - but we should support some other options - via interface, selectable at generation time. Redis is a good choice because it supports push on changes. Others should be supported by implementing the interface.

    opened by bketelsen 13
  • MongoLogger as a skynet service

    MongoLogger as a skynet service

    to remove hard mongodb dependency from skynet, and to use skynet to keep the logger up itself, let's make the mongologger a wrapper to a skynet client, that sends it's requests through skynet rpc to a distributed mongo logger service that does the actual interaction with mongodb

    opened by erikstmartin 12
  • Allow skydaemon to take an optional flag for which mongodb server to connect to

    Allow skydaemon to take an optional flag for which mongodb server to connect to

    This is my first pull request so feel free to let me know what I've done wrong :) I tried to keep the code duplication down by splitting GetServiceConfigFromFlags into two.

    I was having issues with the default Vagrantfile setup with all the non-main VMs trying to connect to a mongo on localhost that was hardcoded---the mongo server is only running on one of the 5 vms.

    cheers, leo

    opened by lfranchi 8
  • Generator


    Change the generator to be interactive. Instead of a bunch of ugly and hard to remember command line flags, let's use an interactive generator that builds up enough information to make a skynet mesh. This might be the highest bang for the buck right now.

    opened by bketelsen 7
  • check GOBIN first

    check GOBIN first

    According to :

    If the GOBIN environment variable is set, commands are installed to the directory it names instead of DIR/bin.

    The command sky deploy should check the environment variable GOBIN first.

    opened by mikespook 6
  • mango initiator example

    mango initiator example

    I added a quick mango initiator example. It's basically quick copy/paste hack-job of the other one. Figured it was the least I could do to contribute. :)

    opened by paulbellamy 6
  • Install fails as Doozer can't compile

    Install fails as Doozer can't compile

    On executing the following (as listed in the wiki)

    go get go get

    Go throws an error stating

    go/src/pkg/ undefined: proto.GetString

    Without Doozer, I can't run SkyNet :-(

    opened by Lazarus404 5
  • Routing methodologies

    Routing methodologies

    Right now, Skynet chooses a simple route randomly. May be very useful to choose routes other ways... perhaps by using a data center metric that gives affinity to closer nodes? More thought required on this.

    opened by bketelsen 5
  • skynet can't send non-small messages

    skynet can't send non-small messages

    I believe I've found an issue that shows up when trying to send megabyte-scale messages in Skynet.

    Skynet version: 2cf329fcc Environment: OSX Lion 10.8.2 64-bit Intel Go: go1.0.3

    The minimum case is:

    1. create a service which accepts some payload containing an array of bytes
    2. create a client which makes an RPC call sending a payloads of around 6MB of binary data
    3. the service will receive and process the payload correctly, but a following message will be sent to the service with a bogus (and in most cases, gigabyte) packet size

    I modified the bsoncoder.go file to print out the byte-shifted data length, and it is getting a phantom second message with an very large packet size:

    skynet: 2013/02/02 20:42:21 trace: Service "Art" registered
    req = &{ServiceMethod: Seq:0 next:<nil>}
    BSON LENGTH = 49
    BSON LENGTH = 6656246
    req = &{ServiceMethod: Seq:0 next:<nil>}
    skynet: 2013/02/02 20:42:26 trace: Method "Put" called with RequestInfo &{ c96ea8d1-187d-4b87-9d40-9247e675cb20 0}
    BSON LENGTH = 3242877185
    panic: runtime error: makeslice: len out of range

    The 6656246 value is the valid RPC call; the next BSON message being decoded is the spurious call. I also looked at the BSON length array; the 4th array element is 255 which gets left-bit-shifted by 24 bits and which creats this erroneous packet. I don't know where this message is coming from; the client is making a single RPC call.

    I have a (possibly) minimum sample program, which I will attach to this ticket. Instructions for use:

    1. Create a binary data file called bigfile.bin; I did this with: dd if=/dev/random of=bigfile.bin bs=1024 count=6500
    2. Compile the client: go build -o client.bin ./client
    3. Compile the service: go build -o artd.bin ./artd
    4. Ensure that Skynet is up and running (on localhost)
    5. Start the service: ./artd.bin
    6. Execute the client: ./client.bin

    The service will crash. So will the client, but that's because of a panic being thrown when the service connection errors out.

    Source code for minimum case demonstrating the problem can be fetched from Google Drive:

    opened by ghost 4
  • Logging


    Create interface for remote logging, and single implementation using mongodb capped collection. Interface should allow any implementation, first impl will be MongoDB capped collection.

    Build Log viewer with searching into web UI.

    opened by bketelsen 4
  • about wiki

    about wiki "Create a simple service"

    skynet service hadn't GetServiceConfig function, it change to NewServiceInfo.

    func main() {
        tutorial := &TutorialService{}
        config := skynet.NewServiceInfo("TutorialService", "1")
        config.Region = "Development"
        service := service.CreateService(tutorial, config)
        defer func() {
        waiter := service.Start()

    However, I found the exception , panic: runtime error: invalid memory address or nil pointer dereference [signal 0xb code=0x1 addr=0x0 pc=0x4f0a9e]

    opened by zweite 2
  • Looking to learn skynet

    Looking to learn skynet

    I want to really start looking at skynet; (should I be using skynet2).

    however I cannot see any clear docs on Getting Started; (Either golang or the Ruby)

    In a nut shell I want to run on my local machine create some Services and see what I can come up with.

    what are the easiest coolest steps to get this going? I think this would really helpful for people that want to get to grip oon this beast


    opened by hookercookerman 4
  • Add custom sky commands to forward to services?

    Add custom sky commands to forward to services?

    Add functionality so we could possibly do "sky command FOO" and because it's not a recognized command it would be forwarded along to the service.

    This would allow implementors to leverage sky for custom things they may want to enable or disable etc.

    opened by erikstmartin 0
  • Smarter service versioning

    Smarter service versioning

    Rather than a direct string comparison we should investigate doing something like

    so that we can have more loose version requirements

    opened by erikstmartin 0
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