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Event Report: Xen Project Developer Summit 2015

This year’s Xen Project Developer Summit is over! We had two days packed with highly technical sessions that were attended by 120 delegates. Our sessions have – as always – been very interactive with lots of discussions during and after the talks. Of course we did also have lots of time for in-corridor conversations during breaks, which most of us look forward to every year.

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Andrew Cooper from Citrix is giving an introduction of Migration v2 in Xen 4.6. Check out the PDF and video.

Session Recordings and Slides

Most of the slides are already available as PDFs on the event website. We will re-post the slides later on our slideshare channel and on the Xen Project Website.

Video recordings of the conference sessions are already posted on our youtube channel and will also be posted on the Xen Project Website. Check out some of my personal highlights:

Security: xSplice – Live Patching the Xen Hypervisor

by Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk, Oracle

Other security, robustness and QoS related talks that are worth checking out are

User Stories: Virtualizing the Locomotive: Ready, Set, Go!

by Mark Kraeling, GE Transportation
A great Xen and Virtualization user story showing how Xen and Virtualization is used in extreme circumstances.

Other user stories that are worth checking out are

Hardware Support: ARM Virtualization Extensions

by Marc Zyngier & Thomas Molgaard, ARM Ltd

You may also want to check out the following talks covering new hardware features on Xen:

Xen and OpenStack

by Stefano Stabellini, Citrix

You may also want to check out the following feature update talks:

For more recordings check out our youtube channel!

Joint KVM and Xen Hackathon and Social Event

The joint activities between Xen and KVM have also been a great success, bringing developers from both communities more closely together. In particular the joint social event was a great success. I overheard many constructive conversations among members of both communities. In some cases, members of both communities were competing with each other in the bowling alley and playing pool: who said that a little bit of friendly competition can’t be fun (-: We will work with the organisers of KVM Forum such that we can build on this cooperation next year.

2015 Xen Project Developer Summit Line-up Announced

I am pleased to announce the schedule for the Xen Project Developer Summit. The event will take place in Seattle on August 17-18, 2015.

The Xen Project Developer Summit brings together its community of developers and power users. Each year the event features the latest developments, best practices, collaboration, product roadmap updates and future planning from developers who are leading the way in server density, million-node data centers, automotive, mobile, graphic-intensive workloads, cloud and enterprise security.

For the first time, Xen Project Developer Summit and KVM Forum will co-host a Hackathon on Aug. 18 aimed at fostering technical collaboration between the two leading open source hypervisors in IT today. KVM and Xen users and developers will have the opportunity to collaborate and delve into work on libvirt code. A co-hosted evening event will be held that night.

Following is a sampling of confirmed speakers and presentations to be discussed in Seattle:

  • Dario Faggioli, senior software engineer, Citrix, and Meng Xu, PhD Student, University of Pennsylvania, will co-present the state of scheduling in Xen and the hypervisor provides a set of schedulers, each one suited for specific use cases.
  • Sainath Grandhi, Core OS engineer, Intel will present Xen containers to run Docker container applications sandboxed in a small VM as an alternative to bare-metal containers, providing tighter security and resource isolation.
  • Julien Grall, software engineer, Citrix, will target developers making a product based on Xen ARM requiring device assignment.
  • Juergen Gross, Linux kernel developer, SUSE, will outline suggestions for a systems architecture that is much more fault tolerant against hardware and software failures.
  • Manish Jaggi, Xen/KVM hypervisor technical lead, Cavium, will talk about Xen support for ThunderX, a family of highly integrated, multi-core SoC processors based on 64-bit ARMv8 architecture, for data center and cloud applications.
  • Liu Jinsong, PM and RAS maintainer, Alibaba, will introduce live migration at AliCloud, summarizing the technical virtualization, network, and storage problems that need to be solved to make live migration work at AliCloud.
  • Mark Kraeling, product manager, GE Transportation, will talk about virtualizing the locomotive and how GE uses about how GE uses Xen for x86-based processors, and KVM for ARM-based processors.
  • Tamas Lengyel, security researcher at Novetta, University of Connecticut PhD student, will shed more light on current trends in virtualization security, pitfalls and new features coming in 4.6.
  • Wei Liu, Xen 4.6 release manager, Citrix, will give a status report on the upcoming Xen Project 4.6 release.
    Stefano Stabellini, senior principle software engineer, Citrix, will explain how to deploy OpenStack using the Xen Project hypervisor to run your VMs.
  • Zhi Wang, engineer, Intel, will provide a detailed update on the evolution of Intel Graphics Virtualization Technology for full GPU virtualization.
  • Konrad Wilk, software director, Oracle, will discuss the design and functionality of xSplice, which offers a method for live patching without requiring a system to reboot.
  • Marc Zyngier, kernel hacker, ARM, will share a hypervisor agnostic view of virtualization extensions added to the latest ARM architecture.

Birds of a Feather session and Discussions

Besides presentations, the developer summit will also provide an opportunity for in-depth interactive discussions (Birds of a Feather sessions), which allow deep interaction and collaboration between Xen Project developers and community members. These will happen in a second track alongside part of the main event. To submit a BoF, please send an email to community dot manager at xenproject dot org and chose a BoF slot, title and short description or fill out this wiki page.

Registration

For more information about Xen Project Developer Summit 2015, including how to register and to view the complete schedule, visit: events.linuxfoundation.org/events/xen-project-developer-summit.

A Tale of Two Amazing Open Source Hypervisors

Born in the logic of ones and zeroes and forged in the heat of battle, two hypervisors–sworn foes in the realm of virtualization–are about to unite in a way many never thought possible. Over beer and code.

Join the teams behind Xen Project Developer Summit and KVM Forum in Seattle as they co-host a social event that will rock the virtualization world. On August 18, 2015, at the close of the Xen Project Developer Summit and on the eve of KVM Forum, attendees of both events can come together and collaborate in the best way possible: with crudites and hors d’oeuvres (and beer).

Virtualization is one of the most important technologies in IT today, so it makes perfect sense for the two best hypervisor projects to collaborate and socialize at an event that celebrates their similarities and bridges that gap between all things KVM and Xen.

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The party will get started Tuesday, August 18, at a time and location to be announced shortly! Attendees of both conferences are welcome to come and join the fun and be reminded of what open source is all about.

And before raising a pint to toast to friends both old and new, there’ll be an opportunity for some serious coding. So, if you’re a KVM contributor, a Xen zealot, or a power user of XenServer or oVirt, the joint KVM Forum and Xen Project Developer Summit Hackaton is the place to be during daylight hours.

The hackathon will be held on Tuesday, August 18, 2015, in the Virginia Room, 4th Floor, Union St. Tower of the Sheraton Seattle from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Aiming to foster technical collaboration between the two best hypervisors in IT today, the event will enable participants to learn more about what makes each project work, as well as to delve into work on libvirt code that could bridge the gaps between Xen and KVM. Bring your laptops, your ideas, and your code and help improve open source virtualization for the good of both projects. Collaboration is what makes open source truly great, so come be a part of greatness.

Finally, we all know greatness is nothing to be shy about, so we encourage Xen ecosystem developers, contributors and users to submit a speaking proposal for Xen Project Developer Summit.  The CFP is open through May 1. The topics of discussion are nearly endless — from scaling and optimizations, nested virtualization, performance enhancements, and hardening and security to high availability and continuous backup desktop virtualization, new devices, boards and architectures and more. Presenting at #xendevsummit is the excellent way to share your knowledge of all things Xen and help define and plan for the future of Xen. If you’re still looking for inspiration, check out last year’s slides and topics. Register soon to benefit from early bird pricing. See you in Seattle!

Xen Project Now an Easy Option in OpenStack

Recent Changes Let Xen Project Work Out of the Box in OpenStack

Members of the Xen Project development team have always believed that the hypervisor must be available for integration into other Open Source projects.  In particular, the initiators of the Xen Project envisioned the day when compute resources would be available in a dynamic form, which has since been codified in the technology we now call Cloud Computing.

However, most members of the project team have usually left the details of integration into other projects to those interested individuals who were participating in those other projects.  In the case of OpenStack, however, it became apparent that the Xen Project team would need to be engaged to make the integration as transparent as it should be.

Improvements to Libvirt

Xen Project has always supported the libvirt toolset, but in recent years, the quality of integration into libvirt has suffered.  As libvirt has become a key cross-platform integration technology in recent years, this deficiency became problematic with OpenStack and other projects which rely on libvirt.

But over the past year, Jim Fehlig has led the charge to bring Xen Project support in libvirt up to par.  In addition, the interface had to be re-engineered to use the libxenlight library which has become the predominant interface for Xen Project in the past few releases.  The needed improvements have made integration into OpenStack reasonable.  But that was only the beginning of the battle.

OpenStack Involvement and Improvements

Even with greatly improved libvirt support, OpenStack itself had to use the interface in a way which made sense with the Xen Project Hypervisor.  The existing integration logic within OpenStack was good, but it needed a couple of patches to make basic functions work correctly.  Anthony Perard stepped in and produced the needed patches which have recently been accepted into OpenStack.

This marks the beginning of an increasing involvement of Xen Project within the OpenStack community.  In addition to committing to make the hypervisor work well within OpenStack, the Xen Project team has begun making plans to eventually raise the hypervisor from Group C support in OpenStack to Group A.  Also, Xen Project developers will be examining ways to help make the hypervisor even more usable in OpenStack in the future.

Greatly Improved Documentation

If you looked for OpenStack integration information on the Xen Project Wiki just 6 months ago, you would have found absolutely nothing dealing with integration via libvirt.  Now, however, you can find information on integrating the hypervisor with OpenStack, a HowTo on building a Xen Project-based Ubuntu OpenStack, instructions on installing DevStack, and more.

Presentations at FOSDEM and openSUSE Mini-Summit, plus a Video Demo

Attendees of this year’s FOSDEM’15 had the opportunity to hear Stefano Stabellini talk about using the Xen Project Hypervisor in OpenStack.  They also had the opportunity to see Anthony Perard’s demonstration of building a functional Xen Project-based DevStack in under 15 minutes, which eventually birthed this HowTo video:

This was followed by a presentation at the openSUSE Mini-Summit at the Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE 13x) given by Peter Linnell of SUSE and Russell Pavlicek.  This presentation discussed how the Xen Project Hypervisor works out-of-the-box with the SUSE OpenStack Cloud.

What Comes Next?

To move the Xen Project Hypervisor to Group B or A in OpenStack, we need a fully functional testbed which can run the required tests every time the OpenStack software is improved.  Our team is already hard at work constructing this testbed so our hypervisor can be promoted to a higher support group.

We may have improved Xen Project’s documentation around OpenStack, but we also need to raise the quality of documentation within the OpenStack itself.  For example, if you look at OpenStack’s Xen Project via Libvirt wiki page, it is (as of this writing) empty.  We need proper documentation to reflect the libvirt integration which is currently used by a variety of OpenStack implementations, both in the OpenStack wiki and in its formal documentation.

Watch our blog for more advances as they happen!

Intel hosts Xen Project Hackathon, April 28-29 in Shanghai

I am pleased to announce the next Xen Project Hackathon to be held this spring.  Although we call it a Hackathon, the event consists of several parallel sessions in which Xen Project developers will create, discuss and review designs and changes that impact Xen’s architecture. We’ll perform code reviews, discuss our future roadmap, work on improving the development process, tackle debug problems in the code base and cover other development related topics. Sessions are very interactive: typically there are no presentations.

Intel-logoThe Hackathon will be hosted by Intel at their Shanghai Zizhu Campus, April 28-29. I wanted to thank Susie Li and Mei Yu from Intel for hosting the Hackathon. Intel has been one of the core contributors to the Xen Project since 2003 and has been contributing many features to the Project. Intel joined the Xen Project Advisory Board in 2013 when the software became a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project. We recently interviewed Donald Dugger, Intel’s Virtualization Architect, to find out why Intel continues to support, contribute and invest in the Xen Project.

What to expect at a Xen Project Hackathon?

The aim of the Hackathon is to give developers the opportunity to meet face-to-face to discuss development, coordinate, write code and collaborate with other developers. Of course, the event will allow everyone to meet in-person and build relationships; to facilitate this, we will have a social event on the evening of the 28th. We will cover many hot topics such as the latest Xen Project Hypervisor 4.6 features, planning for the next Xen Project Hypervisor release, Cloud Integration, Cloud Operating Systems, MirageOS, as well as new opportunities in embedded, mobile, automotive and NFV. But at the end of the day, the community chooses what topics will be covered.

To ensure that the event runs efficiently, each day is divided into several segments. We will have a number of work areas that are labelled with numbers (or other unique identifiers). Each morning will start with a plenary and scheduling session. Every attendee can propose a session, which we will map against a work area and time-slot. This makes it easy for other attendees to participate in projects and sessions they care about. Of course we also encourage attendees to highlight projects they plan to share before the event by adding them to our wiki.

How to Register

Spaces for the Xen Project Hackathon are limited (we can accommodate 50 people). Be sure to request an invitation to the event before our cut-off registration date of April 12th, 2015.

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Catch Xen Project Talks at SCALE 13X, openSUSE Mini-Summit, & LF Collaboration Summit This Week

California Gets Four Opportunities in Four Days at Three Conferences to Hear About Xen Project

February 19-22, 2015 has an assortment of great Xen Project talks.

Folks in Santa Rosa, CA at the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit have two great talks:

LFCollab

Meanwhile, attendees of SCALE 13X and the co-located openSUSE Mini-Summit in Los Angeles, CA have another great pair of talks available:
SCALE

If you can make it to California this coming week, there is a lot of Xen Project knowledge to absorb!