Welcoming Cavium as latest Xen Project Advisory Board member

Cavium-Logo-TransparentWe’re excited to welcome Cavium as our newest Xen Project Advisory Board member today. Since becoming a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project with eleven founding members, we announced five new members, including ARM, NetApp, Rackspace and Verizon Terremark.

Today’s announcement of Cavium’s ThunderX™ SoC Family, a scalable family of 64-bit ARMv8 processors incorporated into a highly differentiated SoC architecture optimized for cloud and data center applications, and Cavium’s deep engagement with hardware ecosystem vendors and software vendors and communities makes Cavium a valuable member and future contributor of the Xen Project. I am particularly excited about the future potential for Cavium’s ThunderX™ SoC Family targeted at the volume server market in addition to hyperscale and cloud, which goes way beyond the microserver concept we have seen in ARM SoCs so far. The Xen Project hypervisor shows great promise for this new class of SoCs.

Committed to ARMv8 standards, Cavium is driving key server capabilities, such as GICv3 with 48 core support along with multi-socket cache coherency up to 96 cores in a dual socket configuration. Cavium has already started working with the Xen Project community to enhance the hypervisor to support these technologies. These contributions will complement a growing community of Xen Project developers from ARM, AMD, Applied Micro, Broadcom, Citrix, Galois, GlobalLogic and Samsung, among others, that are already contributing to ARM support.

In addition, Cavium’s history in security and networking, both areas where Xen Project technology has an edge, will likely lead to interesting new innovations within our community in the future.

“Xen Project virtualization is at the heart of our new ThunderX™ SoC Family targeted at users needing easier deployment, lower downtime and improved management and utilization,” said Larry Wikelius, Director Thunder Ecosystems and Partner Enablement at Cavium and Cavium’s representative on the Xen Project Advisory Board. “Xen Project software is proven in the cloud and first to market with ARM support. Collaboration with the open Xen Project community will be extremely valuable as data centers evolve in the future.”

The following links provide more information on Cavium’s recent announcements

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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.