Monthly Archives: April 2010

Xen Summit North America at AMD Update

Xen Summit at AMD is over and I would like to thank all the speakers and attendees for making this a great conference. I am collecting all the presentations from the speakers and will be posting them on Monday next week. The conference was also filmed and I anticipate getting all the videos late next week for posting.

I am travelling tomorrow and will not be posting the usual weekly newsletters.

Xen and the Art of Virtualization – 2010 Edition

Virtualization software reached another milestone on its road to becoming a pervasive technology with the release of Xen 4.0 by (you can find the full announcement here).   It was just 7 short years ago in 2003 that the Xen 1.0 architecture was introduced in the paper Xen and the Art of Virtualization released by University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory.  As bold as Rober M. Pirsig’s 1972 book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was which explored the question of how to pursue technology to enrich human life, so too was it a bold move to bring an open source hypervisor to the emerging world of x86 virtualization – and, in that same year, for AMD to introduce the 64-bit AMD Opteron™ processor to the world of x86 computing.

With Xen 4.0 we see several significant optimizations for improved scalability and reliability over previous Xen versions, which can help improve the performance of demanding network intensive and high performance computing workloads. At AMD, we’re excited to see these new advancements as well as the ADDED support for AMD-V™ I/O Virtualization technology (IOMMU).

Rest of Post from Tim Mueting and AMD team up for the Xen Summit North America

The community, home of the open source Xen hypervisor, is pleased to be working directly with an important corporate member of our community, AMD, for our Xen Summit North America event. Hosted twice a year, Xen Summit events in North America and Asia allow Xen developers, customers, and virtualization technologists to gather and discuss “all things Xen”. The first Xen summit event of 2010 is being held at AMD’s corporate headquarters in Sunnyvale, CA on April 28 – 29, 2010 and I would like to encourage developers and technologists interested in Xen and virtualization to attend this event.

Over these two days, attendees will be given the chance to directly interact with leading Xen virtualization developers such as Keir Fraser, Ian Campbell, Dan Magenheimer, Jeremy Fitzhardinge, Jan Beulich, George Dunlap, and others. Ian Pratt, the founder and chairman of, will also present his “State of the Community” keynote and provide attendees plenty of time to interact and discuss Xen technology, roadmaps and future direction. In addition, Thomas Woller, a senior member of the technical staff at AMD, will present a paper on behalf of AMD. A party on the first night of the event will give attendees a chance to interact with the Xen community in a relaxed, informal setting.

Rest of Post Weekly Newsletter Vol 10 No 16

Welcome to the weekly newsletter with a variety of information to keep you updated on all things Xen. Please feel free to contact me with suggestions for the newsletter.

Xen News

Xen Events

Xen Products

Xen Members in Action

Xen Weekly Stats

  • Web Stats: 25,210 Visits ; 80,518 Pageviews ; 54.79% users on Firefox
  • Xen-Users Mailing List – 69 Questions and 147 Responses
  • Xen-Devel Mailing List – 38 Questions and 309 Responses; 85 Patches

The complete newsletter with all data including the summary of all xen-users/xen-devel/xen-api mailing lists can be found at