Xen Project to join Round 7 of the Gnome Outreach Program For Women

OPW Poster

OPW Poster

The Xen Project is pleased to announce that the Xen Project Advisory Board will be sponsoring one intern for Round 7 of the Gnome Outreach Program For Women.

The Outreach Program for Women (OPW) internships were inspired in many ways by Google Summer of Code and by how few women applied for it in the past. This was reflective of a generally low number of women participating in the FOSS development. The GNOME Foundation first started the internships program with one round in 2006, and then resumed the effort in 2010 with rounds organized every half a year. In the January-April 2013 round, many other FOSS organizations joined the program.

The application deadline for interns is November 11, 2013. For a list of projects for interns and more information on how to apply, check our Xen Project OPW portal.

Round 6 of OPW

In round 6 of the Program, we had two interns that worked on Xen Components in the Linux kernel:

  • Elena Ufimtseva worked on virtual NUMA for the Xen Project. Elena will be presenting at Xen Project Developer Summit next week. Why not come and see her talk?
  • Lisa Nguyen worked on Xen block drivers in the linux kernel’ Lisa presenter her work at LinuxCon NA 2013. Check out her slides!

We asked both Elena and Lisa to talk a bit about their work and experiences, in their own words.

Elena Ufimtseva:

The OPW Linux Kernel internship and my work on Xen Project vNUMA is one of the more inspirational events of my life. I had a chance to meet and work with great people from the open source community and dive into technical details of OS and Xen architectures. My mentors were very supportive and provided excellent guidance throughout my internship.

I am happy to work on system software engineering and I will continue to do so and learn. I also hope I can help to other women to start developing for Linux OS and Xen.

Lisa Nguyen:

I worked on the Xen block drivers with Konrad. I had to grok the Linux block layer and use the SCSI debug module for I/O testing. The goal of my project was to extend the Xen frontend and backend drivers by implementing DIF/DIX, a protocol to add extra checksum information. Currently, I am still working on this project with Konrad on my spare time, aiming to submit RFC patches to the xen-devel mailing list.

To be exact, the Xen Project wiki described my project well. This project allowed me to transition from a Xen user to a Xen developer, so my knowledge of Xen grew tremendously. Not to mention I had to use a different set of commands (moving from xe to xl/xm).

It looks as if Elena and Lisa learned a lot and also had fun doing the internship. We are looking forward to welcoming more Women into the Xen community for Round 7 of OPW, and hopefully many more in future.

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About Lars Kurth

Lars Kurth is a highly effective, passionate community manager with strong experience of working with open source communities (Symbian, Symbian DevCo, Eclipse, GNU) and currently is community manager for xen.org. Lars has 9 years of experience building and leading engineering teams and a track record of executing several change programs impacting 1000 users. Lars has 16 years of industry experience in the tools and mobile sector working at ARM, Symbian Ltd, Symbian Foundation and Nokia. Lars has strong analytical, communication, influencing and presentation skills, good knowledge of marketing and product management and extensive background in C/C , Java and software development practices which he learned working as community manager, product manager, chief architect, engineering manager and software developer. If you want to know more, check out uk.linkedin.com/in/larskurth. Personally, Lars has a wide range of interests such as literature, theatre, cinema, cooking and gardening. He is particularly fascinated by orchids and carnivorous plants and has built a rather large collection of plants from all over the world. His love for plants extends into a passion for travel, in particular to see plants grow in their native habitats.