Sep 20 – 24, 2021
US/Pacific timezone

Rust in the Linux ecosystem

Sep 20, 2021, 7:00 AM
Refereed Track/Virtual-Room (LPC Virtual)

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LPC Virtual

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Miguel Ojeda


Rust is a systems programming language that is getting stronger support by many companies and projects over time, thanks to its memory-safety innovations (e.g. the safe/unsafe split, the borrow checker, etc.).

This talk covers:

  • A quick introduction to the Rust language.
  • What exactly means "safety" in the context of Rust, and which kind of issues Rust prevents (e.g. data races, use-after-free, etc.) and which not (e.g. race conditions, memory leaks, etc.)..
  • What is undefined behavior, how modern optimizers exploit it and how Rust reduces the risk via the safe/unsafe split.
  • How many CVEs are due to memory safety and what companies say about their cost.
  • Where Rust is being used today, e.g. Rust for Linux, Rustls, inside companies, etc.
  • Who supports Rust, e.g. the Rust Foundation, the Prossimo project, major companies, etc.
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Miguel Ojeda

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