Category Archives: Events

Information about an industry or Xen Project-specific event

Xen at the OpenStack Design Summit

The OpenStack community has recently released the Essex release, which supports XCP and XenServer. A number of vendors have worked at that support including Citrix, Internap and Rackspace Public Cloud. You can find some more information about Xen support in the OpenStack Essex release at this wiki page. If you are interested in what has changed in Xen support fro Essex check out this blog post.

Note that there is a roadmap session on XenAPI support in at the OpenStack Design Summit later today: XenAPI (XenServer/XCP) Folsom Roadmap at 2pm, PST. If you are at the Design Summit and care about Xen support, why not drop in and meet Ewan Mellor, John Garbutt or Renuka Apte.

Of course, project Kronos is almost completed, which will help Xen support in OpenStack. You can find information about XCP-XAPI in Debian in the Debian package repository (for docs see Debian XCP wiki and this tutorial). XCP-XAPI support in Ubuntu is near complete: we are waiting for the XCP-XAPI packages to be synced to Ubuntu (see ticket #962184). Documentation can be found in the manpages and the XCP-XAPI package description.

A Glimpse of the Future: Xen @ OpenStack Conference

The OpenStack Conference is a nice change of pace from the design summit. The conference is more about announcements,  case studies, and forward-looking discussion. There is plenty of coverage of these in the blogosphere.

Ewan Mellor and I gave a talk that looked toward the future of the Xen and OpenStack by first looking at the history of Xen.org and the cloud. Visionaries, such as Ian Pratt, started thinking about utility computing even before the Xen hypervisor was even released. You can read about the Xenoservers project that was started in the late 1990s.

In our talk we focused on Xen.org initiatives related to OpenStack, specifically The Xen Cloud Platform, Project Kronos, and Xen on ARM. Please take a look and share your comments with us on the future of Xen in the cloud.

Virtualization Mini Summit, July 22, 2008 at linuxsymposium 2008

 

linuxsymposium 2008, Ottawa, Canada, July 23 – July 26, 2008 http://www.linuxsymposium.org

The intent of the Virtualization MiniSummit is to provide a forum for attendees to explore all aspects of Linux virtualization. Whether that be the underlying technology, application of the technology in their environment or new tools for managing and doing interesting and new things with virtualized servers.

Attendees can range from those developing virtualization technologies, using virtualization, managing virtualized environments to wanting to learn more about virtualization.

A potential list of topics:

* Review and/or provide deep insight into the fundamentals of specific virtualization technologies
* Exploration of project development opportunities
* Discussion of ideas to improve virtualization technologies
* How virtualized environments can be made manageable
* What’s worked and what has not worked
* New and emerging ideas for virtualizing Linux systems

Presentations

Presentation time slots will be on the order of 50 minutes and should include time for questions (10-15 minutes).

The proposal submission process requires that you submit a proposal and a personal biography that will be displayed on the Virtualization Mini Summit web site at: http://virtminisummit.linux.hp.com. Proposal submissions will be accepted until June 20, 2008. Early submitters will be given preferential consideration.

The proposal is your opportunity to show that your topic has merit and that you have the background to provide an excellent presentation at the virtualization Mini Summit.

Specifications:

Proposal:
# Maximum of 200 words
# Two paragraphs: The first should describe the topic you will be presenting in concise detail; The second should explain why your topic will be of interest to the attendees of the Virtualization Mini Summit.

Biography:
# Maximum of 100 words
# Written in 3rd person
# One paragraph describing your professional work experience, and related projects you are currently or have been involved in.

Papers:
Submission of a paper is not required, but would be greatly appreciated be the Virtualization Mini Summit attendees. Papers and/or Presentations must be submitted by July 16, 2008 so that they can be posted to the Virtualization Mini Summit in time for the event.

Accepted presenters will be provided instructions on submission of presentation, and paper upon notification.

Presentation Submissions

Please login to http://virtminiconf.linux.hp.com and submit to the Virtualization Mini Summit. Please create a login account via the “new user?” link located in the login box on the main page. Login and navigate to the “Call for Presentations” -> “Submit Here” folder. In the upper right drop-down menu “add to folder” your “file” or new “page” with your submittal (see the example template). In the same upper right menu bar, ensure that the content is the state of “private”, only the admin will have access to review the proposal. Please include the following information in your proposal:

Name:
Email Address (will be obscured in posting):
Company/Affiliation:
Title of Proposal:
Short Presentation Abstract: (200 words)
Short Biography: (100 words max.)

Submission Timeline:

  • Abstract submission deadline: Friday, June 20, 2008
  • Presentation acceptance notification before: Wednesday, June 27, 2008
  • Program schedule and abstracts posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2008
  • Paper/Presentation submission: Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Virtualization mini summit: Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Running Xen book hits the streets!

As the tittle says Running Xen: A Hands-on Guide to the Art of Virtualization is now available to buy, physically of course. So, if you want a copy just follow this link to find out how to get it.

There’s also a complementary website where you can find information about the authors, chapters resources and some other interesting links. Obviously, the authors want some feed back, that’s why they set up a readers list to discus about the book, send your feed backs, errata, and any other topics related to the book.

Nothing else to say. Congratulations to the authors for the great job they did.