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ARM hosts Xen Project Hackathon, April 18-19 in Cambridge, UK

I am pleased to announce the next Xen Project Hackathon. The Hackathon will be hosted by ARM in their Cambridge Headquarters from April 18 and 19. I wanted to thank Philippe Robin and Thomas Molgaard from ARM for hosting the Hackathon.

ARMARM designs technology that is at the heart of advanced digital products and has built a broad partner community that increasingly embraces an open source and collaborative development model to keep pace with transitions in the industry. Enabling developer collaboration on open source projects, like Xen, is key to help optimize support for system virtualization. ARM is pleased to host and support this event.

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. And, 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 18th. We will cover many hot topics such as the latest Xen Project Hypervisor 4.7 features, planning for the next Xen Project Hypervisor release, Cloud Integration, Cloud Operating Systems, Mirage OS as well as Xen Project in emerging segments such as embedded, mobile, automotive and NFV. But, at the end of the day, the community will chose the topics that are covered — more on our process here below.

To ensure that the event runs efficiently, we adhere to the following process: 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 starts with a plenary and scheduling session. Every attendee who cares about a topic can announce a topic, which we will map against a work area and time-slot. This makes it easy for other attendees to participate in projects and discussions they care about. We also encourage attendees to highlight projects they plan to share before the event by adding them to our wiki.

We will wrap up each day with another short plenary session: the aim of this session is to summarize what was done, show brief demos and make improvements to the process.

To give you a sense of the venue, we attached a few pictures of the venue:

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How to Register?

As spaces at the Xen Project Hackathon are limited, we are asking attendees to request an invitation. You will need to cover your own travel, accommodation and other costs such as evening meals, etc. We do have a very limited number of travel stipends available for individuals who cannot afford to travel. Please contact community dot manager at xenproject dot org if you need to make use of it.

Reports from Previous Hackathons

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Xen Project @ FOSDEM’14: an Event Report

As usual, the first weekend of February (1st & 2nd Feb this year) is FOSDEM weekend. Taking place at “ULB Solbosch Campus, Brussels, Belgium, Europe, Earth”, FOSDEM is the Open Source event of the year. At least for Europe: the website claims that FOSDEM hosts 5,000+ geeks and hackers and 512 lectures!

But it doesn’t stop here: the main wireless network provided (essid FOSDEM) was IPv6 only… as announced in the opening keynote(video at online already!). And in fact it took a while for me to figure out why my Android phone could connect but not get any IP ?!?!

Like 20140202_100927_good last year, I went to FOSDEM to see all the cool stuff and to help man the The Xen Project booth. Although this time I also had a my own talk to deliver. This was only my second FOSDEM, so this may still be my “nubiennes” talking, but it is really hard to describe how big and amazing the event is. Even more so, if you consider it is entirely run and organized by volunteers. And members of the Xen Project helped organize parts of FOSDEM beyond our booth : Ian Jackson and Tim Mackey were Video Volunteers and Lars Kurth helped organize a DevRoom.

It is amazing to have the chance to choose from such a huge amount of super high quality talks and presentations. It is great to see what the most thriving Open Source projects have to show off at their booths, in the exposition area, and to collect some gadgets. Being one of those, The Xen Project was giving away T-Shirts and some other gadgets, for free (some project use FOSDEM to raise funds). And that, like last year, has been quite a success!

T-Shirts 20140201_114724_goodapart, this year we decided we really wanted to do our best to show everyone what Xen is really capable of. That is why we decided to invite community members to host demos. It was an experiment: and it has been a great success! Basically, we invited Xen related projects and or companies that use Xen for their solutions and products, to submit a request for an exclusive slot at the booth. They would then show what they do to FOSDEM attendees. I’m calling it a success because we were fully booked and able to show demos of the following projects: Xen on an Android tablet (a SAMSUNG NEXUS 10), Xen Orchestra, Mirage OS, OSv, Qubes OS and ClickOS. I think we really should do this again next year. I ran the QubesOS demo myself, and it was very pleasant to notice people appreciating what high level of isolation and security this very special Linux distribution provides. It leverages some of the most advanced Xen features, such as stub and driver domains (a couple of people were amazed when I showed them how untrusted PDF conversion works in Qubes! :-D). The presence of two Cloud Operating Systems, MirageOS and OSv (both running on top of Xen, of course) also raised quite some interest. Many attendees were impressed about the responsiveness of SAMSUNG’s solution for virtualizing the GPU in their dual Android tablet demo and the performances and the super quick boot time of ClickOS. Others liked the clean and effective interface of Xen Orchestra. One person even commented that Xen Orchestra looks more impressive than what VMWare provides.

It was great to have the chance to talk with many people that know and use Xen happily and fruitfully, and that were willing to acknowledge all our efforts: technical and not. And of course, to grab a free T-Shirt! Having done pretty much the same last year allows me to run a comparison. There is little doubt that there were more people interested in Xen, and much more awareness about the project doing well and actually expanding (e.g. into embedded and automotive). It was also good, as a developer, to get the chance to talk to users (of any kind) and other members of the Xen community. Like the volunteers showing the demos. For example. I had a great discussion with developers from Samsung about helping them upstream some (at least the kernel and Xen parts) of the incredible work they have done with GPU virtualization on the NEXUS 10.

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Even when I wasn’t at the booth, there have been  many chances to hear about Xen, in the various talks given in the Virtualization, BSD and Automotive devrooms, as was announced in this post from some weeks ago. Oh, speaking of the talks, another pretty awesome fact: this year, everything –I mean, every single talk– has been recorded, and videos will be available online soon.

Most of the action, as far as the Xen Project was concerned, happened in the Virtualization & IaaS devroom. Let’s not forget that members of the Xen Project helped record these. A big thank you to them and also a big thank you to the whole FOSDEM video team. Check out out the streams on the FOSDEM website (some are available already). Of course, videos and slides for the Xen talks will be available on the usual aggregators (vimeo and slideshare).

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All in all, I personally very much enjoyed having been at FOSDEM. For The Xen  Project, I think we really did good in teaming together with all the members of the community and presenting ourselves to current and prospective users in very good shape. Can’t wait for next year!

Community Assistance with Presentation

Next week I will be part of a panel on virtualization at an HP event in NY for financial CIOs.  The panel is focused on these topics about open source software and virtualization, listed below. If you have any thoughts that you would like expressed by me at this event let me know. This is a great chance for our community to express our thoughts on virtualization and open source in the enterprise.

  • Open Source vs Proprietary Virtualization
  • Challenges / issues customers face with virtualization in the enterprise
  • Open source applications vs proprietary applications for virtualization
  • What – Where – How to Virtualize
  • Cloud Computing – What are Risks?
  • Virtual Appliances

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

Xen Books: Running Xen

Prentice Hall has released a sample chapter from the book Running Xen: A Hands-On Guide to the Art of Virtualization at http://www.informit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=1187966. Some of the book’s authors will be leading the Xen workshop at USENIX Technical Conference in Boston and possibly presenting at Xen Summit. If you are looking for a good book on the Xen hypervisor, I suggest taking a look at Running Xen.