[svlug] [svlug-announce] SVLUG Aug. 2nd meeting: Xen Support in the Linux Kernel: Upstreaming Efforts and New Developments

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Mon Aug 1 16:19:54 PDT 2011


WHEN:

   Wednesday, Aug. 2nd, 2011 
   7pm-9pm


MAIN PRESENTATION

  TOPIC:
    Xen Support in the Linux Kernel: Upstreaming Efforts and New
    Developments

  PRESENTED BY:
    Stefano Stabellini,
    Senior Software Engineer, Citrix R&D 

  TOPIC SUMMARY:
    Xen (http://www.xen.org/) reuses many externals of open source
    projects, Qemu (http://qemu.org/) and Linux in particular.  During
    the first years of existence, Xen accumulated a large number of changes
    to these external projects, but then struggled to upstream them.

    In the last couple of years, the Xen community has been trying to
    remove the dependencies on downstream modifications, and establish
    better relationships with other open source communities.  What is the
    current status of Xen in relation with other free software projects?

    At the same time, Xen development proceeded at a fast pace, and several
    new features were introduced; this talk will go through one in
    particular: PV on HVM support in the Linux kernel.  Traditionally,
    Linux has always run on Xen either as a pure PV guest or as a
    virtualization-unaware guest in an HVM domain.  Under the name "PV on
    HVM", work has been done to make Linux aware that is running on Xen,
    and enable as many PV interfaces as possible, even when running in an
    HVM container. 

  ABOUT THE PRESENTER:
    Stefano Stabellini (http://www.stabellini.net/) is a Senior
    Software Engineer at Citrix R&D (formerly XenSource, Ltd.), working
    on the open source Xen Platform
    (http://www.citrix.com/English/ps2/products/feature.asp?contentID=1681747)
    team.  He has been working on Xen since 2007, focusing on several
    different projects, spanning from Qemu to the Linux kernel.  He
    currently maintains libxenlight
    (http://blog.xen.org/index.php/2009/11/09/libxenlight-released/),
    Xen support in Qemu, and PV on HVM
    (http://wiki.xensource.com/xenwiki/XenLinuxPVonHVMdrivers) in the
    Linux kernel.  Before joining Citrix, he was a researcher at the
    Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (http://www.ihmc.us/),
    working on mobile ad hoc networks. 

LOCATION:

    Symantec
    VCAFE Facility
    350 Ellis Street (near E. Middlefield Road)
    Mountain View, CA 94043

    Directions on how to get there are listed at:

    http://www.svlug.org/directions/veritas.php

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POST-MEETING GATHERING:

  If you just can't get enough, a smaller group usually goes to a local
  restaurant/diner after the meeting:  Frankie, Johnnie & Luigi, Too,
  939 West El Camino Real between Shoreline and Castro, Mountain View.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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