The final agenda for Xen Summit Tokyo (Asia) hosted by Fujitsu is almost complete and ready for promotion on the website; however, I wanted to give the community a sneak peak in case you were still considering attending: Xen Summit Agenda
There are still some changes being made but the basic agenda is pretty much complete.
I have started work on an update of the existing Xen Roadmap Document that Ian Pratt wrote in July 2006. The current document is in the Xen Wiki at http://wiki.xensource.com/xenwiki/XenRoadMap. As Xen is a community effort, I am looking for content from developers who are working on new functionality or improving existing features. If you have text to add to the new document, please contact me.
I have created a new webpage on Xen.org with a community Google calendar – http://www.xen.org/community/calendar.html. I have added 2 new events for November and content for 2009 in February and June. If you have any upcoming events you would like added, please let me know and I will get it included in the calendar.
I recently spoke to the people at Ohloh about having the Xen.org project become a more active participant with their community tools. I am focusing on the Ohloh Journaling solution and would like to get community feedback on this tool. A nice, short video of the tool is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIBiT2HShMo&eurl=http://www.ohloh.net/articles/introducing_journaling with a complete overview at http://www.ohloh.net/articles/introducing_journaling.
If you are using this tool already or have a comment, please add it to this blog posting or email me directly. This tool appears to be an excellent way for the Xen.org community to communicate quickly without necessarily using the mailing lists for items that may not need a formal mail message.
Update for the community on the Xen Training Day session at USENIX LISA 2008 in 2 weeks – we have 69 people registered for the class which makes us the 2nd most attended training session at the event. There is still time for us to pass the leader who has 74 registrants and the other sessions have about 35 registrants so there is clearly demand for Xen training at technical events.
If you come across an event where you think Xen training would be beneficial, please let me know so I can assist in setting everything up.
A new community led project within Xen.org, the Xen Introspection Project, is being officially launched today.
The purpose of the Xen Introspection Project is to design an API for performing VM introspection and implement the necessary functionality into Xen. It is anticipated that the project will include the following activities (in loose order):
(1) Identification of specific services/functions that introspection should support
(2) Discussion of how that functionality could be achieved under the Xen architecture
(3) Prioritization of functionality and activities
(4) API definition
Some potential applications of VM introspection include security, forensics, debugging, and systems management.
I will be setting up a new firstname.lastname@example.org email alias shortly (having problems with the system today) and will also be contacting interested community members to setup the first meeting; most likely next week. A Xen Wiki section is setup for the project with three new pages:
- Project Information: http://wiki.xensource.com/xenwiki/Project_Information
- Meeting Minutes: http://wiki.xensource.com/xenwiki/Meeting_Minutes
- Project Updates: http://wiki.xensource.com/xenwiki/Project_Update
If you are interested in being on the first meeting, please email me with your contact information so I can make sure you are on the initial meeting setup mailing list. Please add a comment about Xen Introspection so I know that you are interested in this project from your email.