Pluginized QUIC is a framework that enables QUIC clients and servers to dynamically exchange protocol plugins that extend the protocol on a per-connection basis.
March 2020 update: Pluginized QUIC is now updated to the latest QUIC specification (draft-27).
All the source code of this project is available on GitHub.
During this process, we assume our base working directory is
working_dir. First, you need to clone
picotls which provides the TLS implementation on which PQUIC is based. It itself requires
picotls is set up, you can compile
pquic with the following commands.
At the end of this process, you should have generated several executables, including
picoquicdemo which can act as both the PQUIC client and server.
Before going further, let’s check that our compiled code can exchange data. Depending on the provided arguments,
picoquicdemo either acts as a (P)QUIC client or a (P)QUIC server. Let’s generate our first connection!
For convenience, let’s open two different terminals. In the first one, we will launch the server as shown below.
Now on the other terminal, launch the client as follows.
A lot of logs should be shown, but in the last lines of the client, you should see that the connection successfully completed without error. Great!
Compiling your first plugin
Now that the base implementation works well, let’s modify it a little such that it protects the exchanged data with Forward Erasure Correction. The
fec plugin exactly does this, but first of all, we need to compile it into eBPF code.
For the compilation process, you need clang-6.0 and llc-6.0. You can install them by following the process at https://apt.llvm.org/. More recent versions might work, but in this case you need to modify the CLANG and LLC variables in the
Makefiles in the plugin source code folders. Then, you can compile the
fec plugin as follows.
That’s it! Several objects files should have been generated. Each of them are ELF files containing the eBPF code implementing the plugin behavior. Let’s plug them in PQUIC!
Running your first plugin inside PQUIC
As in our first run of
picoquicdemo, open two terminals. In the first one, we will launch the server with the
fec plugin as follows.
And on the other terminal, we launch the client with the
fec plugin as follows. Notice that here, for simpler log processing, we limit the transfer exchange to 10 KB by using the
A quick look at the client log shows that new frames,
SFPID FRAME, are used over the connection. These frames are specific to the injected
fec plugin, showing that we achieved to inject Forward Erasure Correction to this connection. Wonderful!