Rocks protect sockets-based applications from network failures,
particularly failures common to mobile computing, including:
Rock-enabled programs continue to run after any of these events; their
broken connections recover automatically, without loss of in-flight
data, when connectivity returns. Rocks work transparently with most
applications, including SSH clients, X-windows applications, and
network service daemons.
- Link failures (e.g., unexpected modem disconnection);
- IP address changes (e.g., laptop movement, DHCP lease expiry);
- Extended periods of disconnection (e.g., laptop suspension).
For more details about rocks (and the related
racks system) we encourage you to read our paper.
- Reliable: Rocks detect connection failures within seconds
and reconnect automatically when connectivity is restored.
Reconnection succeeds even when one end of the connection obtains
a new IP address.
- Safe: Rocks recover lost in-flight data no matter when
failures occur, safely interoperate with ordinary sockets, and
authenticate resumed connections.
- User level: You can install and use rocks as an ordinary
user. They do not require any kernel modifications.
- Transparent: You can use rocks with existing programs without
re-programming, re-compiling, or re-linking.
- Easy to use: Rocks come with simple command-line tools for
enabling rocks in ordinary programs.
The current version is Rocks 2.4 for x86 Linux
- Rocks 2.4 source (LGPL)
- Rocks 2.4 binaries for x86 Linux
- Rocks source with latest updates
- Docs: README | rock(1)
This software is no longer being maintained.