It is written in assembly to achieve high-performance computing with minimal footprint with a Just Enough Operating System (JeOS) approach. The operating system is primarily targeted towards virtualized environments for cloud computing, or HPCs due to its design as a lightweight kernel (LWK). It could be used as a unikernel.
It was inspired by another OS written in assembly, MikeOS, and it is a current-day example of an operating system that is not written in C or C++, nor based on Unix-like kernels.
AMD/Intel based 64-bit computer
Memory: 4 MB (plus 2 MB for every additional core)
Multitasking on BareMetal is unusual for operating systems in this day and age. BareMetal uses an internal work queue that all CPU cores poll. A task added to the work queue will be processed by any available CPU core in the system and will execute until completion, which results in no context switch overhead.
BareMetal OS has a build script to pull the latest code, make the needed changes, and then compile C code using the Newlib C standard library.
A mostly-complete C++11 Standard Library was designed and developed for working in ring 0. The main goal of such library is providing, on a library level, an alternative to hardware memory protection used in classical OSes, with help of carefully designed classes.
A Rust program demonstration was added to the programs in November 2014, demonstrating the ability to write Rust programs for BareMetal OS.
A TCP/IP stack was the #1 feature request. A port of lwIP written in C was announced in October 2014.
minIP, a minimalist IP stack in ANSI C able to provide enough functionalities to serve a simple static webpage, is being developed as a proof of concept to learn the fundamentals in preparation for an x86-64 assembly re-write planned for the future.