Dear community members,
I’m pleased to announce that Julien Grall <firstname.lastname@example.org> will be the Release Manager for the next Xen release.
The appointment was voted by the Committers and the vote passed.
Julien has done excellent jobs in many aspects. He has been an active developer for the past few years and contributed a lot of code for Xen on ARM. He has been doing a good job in co-maintaining Xen on ARM with Stefano Stabellini. Particularly in 4.8 release, he showed his ability to make balanced decisions and influence other contributors to move various projects forward. He also expressed desire to work with greater Xen community and make bigger impact.
All in all, we believe Julien will do a good job in managing the next release. Thanks Julien for stepping up.
Wei Liu (on behalf of the Xen Project Hypervisor team)
Andres Lagar-Cavilla from the University of Toronto presented a unique methodology to create “instant” DomUs within a cloud on demand. His project, Snowflock, is detailed below:
Snowflock is our prototype implementation of the Impromptu Cluster (IC) abstraction. In an IC, an application encapsulated inside a virtual machine (VM) is swiftly forked into multiple copies that execute on different physical hosts, and then disappear when the computation ends. ICs simplify the development of parallel applications and reduces management burden by enabling the instantiation of new stateful computing elements: workers that need no setup time because they have a memory of the application state achieved up to the point of forking. This approach combines the benefits of cluster-based parallelism with those of running inside a VM.
Snowflock provides swift parallel VM cloning that makes it possible for Internet applications to deliver near-interactive performance for resource-intensive highly-parallelizable tasks. Snowflock makes use of four key techniques: VM descriptors (condensed VM images that allow for sub-second suspension of a running VM and resumption of a of replicas); a memory-on-demand subsystem that lazily populates the VM’s memory image during runtime; a set of avoidance heuristics that minimize the amount of VM memory state to be fetched on demand; and a multicast distribution system for commodity Ethernet networking hardware that makes the overhead of instantiating multiple VMs similar to that of instantiating a single one.
He has created a site that anyone interested in learning more can register at: http://compbio.cs.toronto.edu/snowflock/. His presentation at Xen Summit is here.