OSS-7 is an open source software stack created to support different chip architectures (ARM Cortex-M3, Cortus APS…), and compiler toolchains. OSS-7 is based on a simple and flexible framework comprising a lightweight cooperative scheduler. OSS-7 is highly configurable by design. Configuration options are selected by setting various parameters through cmake (see building section).

The following diagram shows the major components of the OSS7 platform: OSS7 software stack

Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL)

Positioned at the bottom of the OSS7 software stack, the hardware abstraction layer (HAL) provides standard interfaces that expose device hardware capabilities to the higher-level layers. The HAL consists of multiple library modules, each of which implements an interface for a specific type of CPU or radio.


This component is exposing the feature-set of the OS through dedicated APIs. The OSS-7 framework includes the following key services:

  • A low power cooperative scheduler: this service is used for creating, scheduling, and maintaining tasks. Each task is assigned a priority from 0 (high priority) to 7 (low priority). Tasks cannot preempt each other, therefore, tasks must run to completion. Tasks can only be preempted by hardware interrupts.
  • A cyphering library that provides AES encryption/decryption functions (AES CTR, AES CCM, AES CBC-MAC).
  • A console and a shell interface.
  • FEC, PN9 encoder.
  • A timer manager to provide more advanced capabilities than the low level HAL timer interface.


The DASH7 Alliance protocol is implemented as a module. Different modules can coexist and run within the same system. For better clarity, the D7A module maintains a clear separation between the ISO layers.


The OSS-7 code comes with a set a sample applications. Only one application is running along with the system. The application can be selected in the build system through cmake.

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