Monthly Archives: February 2009

Xen Summit: Keir Fraser Overview

Here are some highlights of Keir Fraser’s presentation at Xen Summit:

  • Current Stable Releases: Xen 3.3.1 and Xen 3.2.3 (Jan 09)
  • Next Stable Releases: Xen 3.3.2 and Xen 3.4.0 (late March 09)

Xen Development Process Update –

Xen Summit Update : Ian Pratt Comments

From Ian Pratt’s presentation at Xen Summit;  here are some highlights:

  • Xen Embedded – small footprint Xen (see
  • Xen Client – Citrix code being placed in Xen-unstable
  • Hosted Xen – Xen engine run as a kernel module to enable hosted (type-2) VMM; Windows and OSX in active development
  • Xen Introspection Project – API to enable monitoring and control of VMs by a suitably privileged entity

Overall thoughts on community….

  1. Security is becoming increasingly important
  2. Community must work to leverage academic research projects into fully developed features in Xen

Full video of Ian’s Presentation at

Development Projects to Work On

I have spoken with several community members today at Xen Summit and they have great project ideas for Xen but not enough time to work on them. I am also aware that many university students are looking for research projects for their masters or phd work and would like to contribute to Xen at the same time. To satisfy both parties I have created a new Wiki page where people can list project ideas;

For community members, please list the project idea and your contact information so students can get in touch with you for more information.

For students, please consider the many projects listed and contact the community member for more information.

Live Blog from Xen Summit at Oracle

For community members not able to attend today, here are some highlights from the event:

Ian Pratt opening presentation:

(NOTE – I had video problems so this video missed the standard introduction and hello, sorry about that).

Keir Fraser project update:

I will have all the presentation videos and slides up on an event page by Friday this week.