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Docker: What is Containerd?

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We have done a few talks in the past on different features of containerd, how it was designed, and some of the problems that we have fixed along the way.  Containerd is used by Docker, Kubernetes CRI, and a few other projects but this is a post for people who may not know what containerd actually does within these platforms.  I would like to do more posts on the featureset and design of containerd in the future but for now, we will start with the basics.

I think the container ecosystem can be confusing at times. Especially with the terminology that we use. Whats this? A runtime. And this? A runtime…  containerd as the name implies, not contain nerd as some would like to troll me with, is a container daemon.  It was originally built as an integration point for OCI runtimes like runc but over the past six months it has added a lot of functionality to bring it up to par with the needs of modern container platforms like Docker and Kubernetes.

Since there is no such thing as Linux containers in the kernelspace, containers are various kernel features tied together, when you are building a large platform or distributed system you want an abstraction layer between your management code and the syscalls and duct tape of features to run a container.  That is where containerd lives.  It provides a client layer of types that platforms can build on top of without ever having to drop down to the kernel level.  It’s so much nicer towork with Container, Task, and Snapshot types than it is to manage calls to clone() or mount().

Read the entire article here, What is containerd ? – Docker Blog

via the fine folks at Docker.

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