Driver Protocol

The driver is a tool offered by TuringArena, used to start a sandboxed process and interact with it by directly calling its functions.


The driver manager exposes a directory with the following named pipes:

Request pipes:

  • interface
  • source
  • language

Response pipes:

  • connection_dir

To start a process, the client does the following.

  1. Writes the name of the interface to the interface pipe.
  2. Writes the name of the source to the source pipe.
  3. Writes the source language to the language pipe.
  4. Reads from connection_dir until EOF.

Interaction with process

NOTE: the following is obsolete. It is preferable to use only the two pipes, never close them (similarly to stdin/stdout), avoiding direct access to the sandbox. Also, requiring a flush per function call is still reasonable from a performance point of view. The performance breakthrough is probably obtained by compiling the driver code instead.

The data read from connection_dir is an absolute path of a directory, where the following pipes are exposed.

  • input
  • output

For each communication block, the evaluator does the following. 1. Opens the input pipe, writes one or more requests, then closes the pipe (flushing the data). 2. Opens the output pipes, reads it until EOF, then closes it. 3. Performs a wait on the sandbox.

The following data is passed through the input and output pipes:

  • input:
    • zero or more requests which do not expect any response,
    • exactly one request which expects a response.
  • output:
    • the response to the last request in input
    • zero or more of the following:
      • a request,
      • the corresponding response, if expected.

Reaching EOF in the output pipe denotes the end of the communication block.


Imagine an algorithm which is asked to find a cycle in a given graph. It implements three functions:

  • find_cycle(int N, int M, int E[]) which received in input a graph, finds a cycle and saves it in global variables (it does not return anything).
  • get_cycle_length() which returns the length of the cycle found.
  • get_cycle_node(int i) which returns the i-th node of the cycle.

Here is the possible content of the input and output streams.


[... parameters of find_cycle ...]

[... parameters of get_cycle_length ...]



[... parameter i=0 for get_cycle_node ...]

[... parameter i=1 for get_cycle_node ...]

[... parameter i=2 for get_cycle_node ...]