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Please Welcome new Members of the Xen Project Hypervisor Leadership Team

Evolution of Hypervisor Git Commits within the project. Note that in in the same time period, the number of individuals and organisations contributing to the project has nearly doubled.

Evolution of Hypervisor Git Commits within the project. Note that in parallel the number of individuals and organisations contributing to the project has nearly doubled.

The Xen Project has experienced incredible growth in our community (see diagram on the right) and simultaneously the Xen Project advisory board has funded a lot of great projects that help support the larger Xen Project ecosystem, for example MirageOS, a library operating system that constructs unikernels for secure, high-performance network applications across a variety of cloud computing and mobile platforms. These projects are extremely important to the expansion and betterment of virtualization and cloud computing infrastructure, but also demand more work to be done by committers and maintainers.

We understood that there was plenty of leadership among the community, but didn’t know the best way to promote contributors to maintainers and committer roles for leadership to the Hypervisor and its interface with Linux.

We decided to introduced a new convention, by which we actively reminded community members to nominate or self-nominate themselves for leadership roles. Often times, active developers simply worked on the project, but did not consider to nominate newcomers (or themselves) for these leadership roles within the project.

We also felt that running the entire nomination process in public, which may include public feedback on a nominee, could discourage people from recommending themselves or recommending others. So we decided to follow the approach that Debian uses for Technical Committee seats, where candidates are nominated in private. A group of the senior leadership for the Xen Project would then review the submissions and provide feedback and acceptance, making the overall process less intimidating.

As for committers and maintainers, we promoted several key Xen Project contributors to these distinguished roles based on previous experience and similar work they had already been performing, but didn’t have the authorship to own. This very important as it will ensure the group of maintainers that we currently have will have the support they need to accommodate for the Xen Project hypervisor.

Through taking the approach of consistent promotion and private forums, we have found some incredible new members to the Xen Project Hypervisor Leadership team that we want to introduce to you.

Committers
The following people have been elected to be new Committers to the project, they will be joining long-time committers Ian Campbell, Ian Jackson, Jan Beulich and Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk:

Andrew Cooper has been working on the Hypervisor since 2011 and has added a number of major new features such as Migration v2, significant change to trap handling, improvements to cpuid handling for guests and many more.

George Dunlap has been working on the Hypervisor since 2005 and was heavily involved in making the tracing system useable for performance analysis, optimising the shadow code, wrote the credit2 scheduler and developed many other significant features and improvements in the hypervisor. In addition, he was our first Release Manager and is leading the CentOS Virtualisation SIG within CentOS.

Stefano Stabellini has been working on the Hypervisor and the Linux Kernel since 2007 and was instrumental in bringing ARM support to the Xen Hypervisor. He has also been leading many other activities within the project, such as the creation of libxenlight, adding support upstream QEMU to Xen, Xen OpenStack integration and Raisin.

Wei Liu started to work on the Xen Project as a GSoC student in 2011 (working in virtio support). He has been working on libxl support, event channel scalability, MiniOS and many other major Xen features. In addition, he has been the Xen Project Release Manager since Xen Project 4.6 release.

Andrew and Wei celebrated their appointment at the Xen Project hackathon last month by submitting and ACKing a piece of code while on a punt on the river Cam in Cambridge, UK.

Security Team
In addition, Andrew Cooper and George Dunlap are now also members of the Xen Project Security Team, alongside Ian Jackson, Jan Beulich, Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk and Tim Deegan.

Maintainers
The following people were also recently added as MAINTAINERS of the project: Doug Goldstein (KConfig, Travis CI), Julien Grall (ARM support, device tree, …), Meng Xu (RTDS Scheduler) and Paul Durrant (x86 I/O emulation, x86 viridian enlightenments, …). In addition, we clarified some ambiguities around the maintainer role.

Linux Kernel Maintainers
Jürgen Gross who has been a Linux kernel and Xen developer since 2004, but has significantly increased his engagement within the community in the last two years, is now Linux Kernel maintainer for the Xen Hypervisor Interface alongside Boris Ostrovsky and David Vrabel. Other maintainers of Xen specific components in the Linux Kernel are Stefano Stabellini, Wei Lui, and Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk.

A couple of months ago two of our committers, Keir Fraser and Tim Deegan, formally stepped down in their roles as committers from the Hypervisor team. We want to thank Keir and Tim for the vast contributions to the project. We look forward to seeing what they work on next and, again, thank them for the success that they brought to the open source Xen hypervisor.

Latex Help on User.tex

Xen Community:

I have updated the Xen User.tex file to reflect the current release; Xen 3.3 but cannot get the Table of Contents to load properly in the final pdf verison of the file. If you pull down the latest build you will see most recent document which I changed in October and a new pdf file that I just made. The user.toc file looks fine but it fails to load on the make command. Anyone with Latex experience who can help me would be justly rewarded!!!

Xen-API Community Project Update

The kickoff meeting for the Xen-API community project is scheduled for May 15, 2008 at 4pm EST. I am still looking for people interested in working on this project and the meeting is open to all Xen.org community members. I will be posting all meeting minutes and activities on the Xen Wiki once the project is underway so attendance at the meetings is not mandatory; however, the first few meetings will be important as we discuss what work items need to be complete and people get a chance to volunteer.

The dial-in information for the meeting is:

US: 1.888.371.8921
Int’l: http://www.btconferencing.com/citrix/globalaccess/
Code: 275279

Xen-API Community Project

Several community members have contacted me recently about the Xen-API utilities. I looked into this and discovered a great opportunity for community members looking for a project to contribute to. So, I am announcing a new community effort to complete the development of the Xen-API utilities. If you are interested in working on the Xen-API project please email me at stephen.spector@xen.org and I will call a meeting in mid-May with all people interested to get the project underway.

NOTE – This interface is not to be seen as a replacement for the existing XML-RPC interface and people should not infer anything by this project.

Here are some thoughts on the importance of the Xen-API if you are considering joining this community effort:

  • Xen-API cleans up a lot of the cruft of the older APIs
  • Authentication aspect to the Xen-API allows the API to be used off-box securely
  • Xen-API’s event registration / dispatch piece is much better than the old API, making it much easier to build web GUIs or health monitors
  • The Xen-API has two mechanisms, one for synchronous task invocation, and a congruent one for asynchronous tasks. This means, for example, that you can reboot a VM, and either block waiting for it to complete, or get a task handle and poll back later. This gives application developers the freedom to choose how they interact with Xend
  • Xend will get a code update from this project and will give developers a chance to learn more about xm as well as Xend (Xend is written in Python)
  • Xen-API already has C and Python bindings in the Xen tree; Ruby bindings are also rumored to exist

Available information on Xen-API: