Monthly Archives: January 2009

Did you register for Xen Summit at Oracle yet?

Hey, you! Yes, you. Did you register for Xen Summit at Oracle yet? All you have to do is click here. That’s all there is too it. Pretty simple.

What? You want to know who is speaking first? Ok, here are some speakers confirmed (expect full agenda to be released next week):

  • Ian Pratt, Founder and Project Leader of
  • Kier Fraser, Xen Project Status Update
  • Dan Magenheimer, Oracle Xen guru
  • Jeremy Fitzhardinge, PVOPS Xen master (includes a demo!)
  • Eddie Dong, Status of SR-IOV from Intel
  • Ben Serebrin, Cross-vendor migration from AMD

Also more presentations from Intel, Fujitsu, Oracle, HP, Rice University, Neoclues, University of Madrid, Cambridge University, and others…

All that for only $215 including a great Xen Summit jacket, evening out at the Computer History Museum, and the chance to mingle with your fellow Xen Community members.

Oh, in that case, I better register right now.

Running Xen Available from Google Books

Google has just finished the complete scan of the Running Xen book at,M1.

You can search for key words within the book. For example, if you want to search for LVM, then just put LVM in the “Search in this book” box on the right.

For now, Google has posted the first print of the book (the second print came out in the  fall).

The second print of the book should have most of the errata found at:

For changes since the first edition:

Mailing Lists in New Languages

Xen Community,

We currently have a Japanese language mailing list that is showing good activity within the Japanese speaking part of our community. As such, I wanted to offer this feature to any other community members looking to speak with other members in their own language. If you have an interest in a xen-LANGUAGE mailing list, please let me know and I can set it up.

Final Call for Xen Summit at Oracle Topic Submissions

Xen Community:

The Xen Summit Program Committee has requested that I announce a final call for Xen Summit topic submissions until Monday January 26, 2009 at 11:59 pm PST. We are aware of the many travel restrictions facing possible speakers so we will accommodate remote presentations if your topic is selected and you are unable to travel to the event.

Please follow the submission guidelines found at If you have any questions, please contact

3rd International Workshop on Virtualization Technologies in Distributed Computing (VTDC-09)

Call for Papers
3rd International Workshop on Virtualization Technologies in
Distributed Computing (VTDC-09)

In conjunction with ICAC 2009
Barcelona, Spain, June 15 2009

Workshop scope:

Virtualization has proven to be a powerful enabler in the field of
distributed computing and has led to the emergence of the cloud
computing paradigm and the provisioning of Infrastructure-as-a-Service
(IaaS). This new paradigm raises challenges ranging from performance
evaluation of IaaS platforms, through new methods of resource management
including providing Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and energy- and
cost-efficient schedules, to the emergence of supporting technologies
such as virtual appliance management.

For the last three years, the VTDC workshop has served as a forum for
the exchange of ideas and experiences studying the challenges and
opportunities created by IaaS/cloud computing and virtualization
technologies. VTDC brings together researchers in academia and industry
who are involved in research, development and planning activities
involving the use of virtualization in the context of distributed
systems, where the opportunities and challenges with respect to the
management of such virtualized systems is of interest to the ICAC
community at large.

Important dates:

* Submission deadline: February 20th, 2009
* Notification of acceptance: March 23rd, 2009
* Final manuscripts due: April 6, 2009
* Workshop: June 15, 2009


Authors are invited to submit original and unpublished work that
exposes a new problem, advocates a specific solution, or reports on
actual experience. Papers should be submitted as full-length 8 page
papers of double column text using single space 10pt size type on an
8.5×11 paper. Papers will be published in the proceedings of the
workshop. VTDC 2009 topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Infrastructure as a service (IaaS)
* Virtualization in data centers
* Virtualization for resource management and QoS assurance
* Security aspects of using virtualization in a distributed environment
* Virtual networks
* Virtual data, storage as a service
* Fault tolerance in virtualized environments
* Virtualization in P2P systems
* Virtualization-based adaptive/autonomic systems
* The creation and management of environments/appliances
* Virtualization technologies
* Performance modeling (applications and systems)
* Virtualization techniques for energy/thermal management
* Case studies of applications on IaaS platforms
* Deployment studies of virtualization technologies
* Tools relevant to virtualization


* General Chair:
o Kate Keahey, University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory

* Program Chair:
o Renato Figueiredo, University of Florida

* Steering Committee Chair:
o Jose A. B. Fortes, University of Florida

* Program Committee:
o Franck Cappello, INRIA
o Jeff Chase, Duke University
o Peter Dinda, Northwestern University
o Ian Foster, University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory
o Sebastien Goasguen, Clemson University
o Sverre Jarp, CERN
o John Lange, Northwestern University
o Matei Ripeanu, University of British Columbia
o Paul Ruth, University of Mississippi
o Kyung Ryu, IBM
o Chris Samuel, Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing
o Frank Siebenlist, Argonne National Laboratory
o Dilma da Silva, IBM
o Mike Wray, HP
o Dongyan Xu, Purdue University
o Mazin Yousif, Avirtec
o Ming Zhao, Florida International University

* Publicity Chair:
o Ming Zhao, Florida International University

For more information:
VTDC-09 Web site:
ICAC-09 Web site:

Virtual Machines in Pervasive Computing Call For Papers

Virtual Machines In Pervasive Computing

IEEE Pervasive Computing invites submissions on the use of virtual machines in pervasive computing.

First decisions: 16 June 2009
Revisions due: 7 July 2009
Final Acceptances: 21 July 2009
Issue to press: September 2009
Author guidelines:
Submission address:

Virtual machines provide a computing container that appears to be a physical computer and that can run a conventional OS and applications. Such virtual machines are now in wide use in datacenter and desktop computing, and multiple benefits are being realized from their use. These include the ability to easily encapsulate, deploy, clone, and manage applications, run multiple computing environments on the same system without sacrificing performance or security isolation, move running environments between systems, and recover quickly from hardware failures.

With the growing number of increasingly capable pervasive devices, virtual machines are becoming popular in pervasive computing. While the benefits mentioned above also apply to pervasive computing, their realization is complicated by the intrinsic differences of pervasive and desktop/datacenter computing – mobility, distrusted systems, limited energy sources and other resource constraints, personal use of multiple devices, etc. This special issue is focused on better understanding these complications, exploring solutions to them, and evaluating pervasive-computing specific benefits of virtualization. Example topics for this special issue include but are not limited to the following

* applications or services built on top of virtual machines, including
Virtual Appliances, Virtual Appliance ensembles, and Virtual Desktop

* creation and distribution of virtual machines including image
management, end-user experience, payment models/mechanisms, patch and
update mechanisms, and trust

* mechanisms for deploying such applications/services to
mobile/ubiquitous devices

* management of such deployed virtual machines including mechanisms
for discontinuous management and digital rights management

* migration of virtual machines between mobile/ubiquitous devices
including mechanisms for addressing virtual-machine data loss,
network-speed discontinuities, and dissimilar platform capabilities

* security and privacy concerns from the perspective of users of
virtual machines or computing platform providers including mechanisms
for enforcing or increasing trust between these two groups

* all aspects of performance including the performance impact of
running mobile/pervasive applications within virtual machines,
downloading virtual machines, and distributing updates/patches for

* hardware support for making virtualization more viable on resource
constrained mobile/pervasive devices such as cell phones

* case studies reporting the experience and lessoned-learned from the
development, deployment, use, or maintenance of virtual-machine-based
pervasive applications or solutions

* services that operate below the virtual machine that enable
pervasive computing, such as update or patching services or encryption

* surveys

Submissions should be 4,000 to 6,000 words long and should follow the magazine’s guidelines on style and presentation. All submissions will be peer-reviewed in accordance with normal practice for scientific publications. Submissions should be received by 1 May 2009 to receive full consideration.

In addition to full-length submissions, we also invite work-in-progress submissions of 250 words or less (submit to These will not be peer-reviewed but will be reviewed by the Department Editor, Anthony Joseph, and, if accepted, edited by the staff into a feature for the issue. The deadline for work-in-progress submissions is 1 September 2009.

Guest Editors:
Keith Farkas, VMware Inc. (
Chandra Narayanaswami, IBM (
Jason Nieh, Columbia (