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    Samsung will present the challenges of creating a dual-Android platform on the Nexus 10 using Xen on ARM. Running two copies of Android is a strong use-case to satisfy the security needs for BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), where one Android can be designated as “work” and is secure and isolated from the users “home” Android. Achieving a good user-experience in both Android is essential for this technology to succeed commercially. The Nexus 10 has ARM Cortex A15 processors. For a good user-experience, both Android need high-performance GPU-accelerated graphics which demand high throughput and low latency. Samsung will discuss the issues encountered using Xen on a mobile device in this demanding use-case, and how the changes for Xen for mobile can be contributed into the community.

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  2. Infrastructure-as-a-Service compute clouds provide a flexible hardware platform on which customers host applications as a set of appliances, e.g., web servers or databases. Each appliance is a VM image containing an OS kernel and userspace processes, within which applications access resources via traditional APIs such as POSIX. However, the flexibility provided by the hypervisor comes at a cost: the addition of another layer in the already complex software stack which impacts runtime performance, and increases the size of the trusted computing base.

    Given that modern software is generally written in high-level languages that abstract the underlying OS, we revisit how these appliances are constructed with our Mirage operating system. Mirage supports the progressive specialisation of source code, and gradually replaces traditional OS components with customisable libraries, ultimately resulting in "unikernel" VMs: sealed, fixed-purpose VMs that run directly on the hypervisor.

    Developers no longer need to become sysadmins, expert in the configuration of all manner of system components, to use cloud resources. At the same time, they can develop their code using their usual tools, only making the final push to the cloud once they are satisfied their code works. As they explicitly link in components that would normally be provided by the host OS, the resulting unikernels are also highly compact: facilities that are not used are simply not included in the resulting microkernel binary.

    This talk will describe the architecture of Mirage, and show a quick demonstration of how to build a web-server that runs as a unikernel on a standard Xen installation.

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  3. Rackspace has years of experience with running Xen at scale, starting with Xen and migrating to XenServer. We will share why we use Xen/XenServer along with some of the issues that we've experienced. We will touch on our experience with migrating from Xen to XenServer and the challenges there. We will share information about Rackspace Cloud Servers architecture, and touch briefly on OpenStack when doing so. We will explain how we use Xen to quickly deploy new Openstack services with what we call Nova on Nova. And finally, we will discuss what additional features and improvements are needed and why.

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  4. In a traditional Xen configuration domain 0 is used for a large number of different functions including running the toolstack(s), backends for network and disk I/O, running the QEMU device model instances, driving the physical devices in the system, handling guest console/framebuffer I/O and miscellaneous monitoring and management functions. Having all these functions in one domain produces a complex environment which is susceptible to shared fate on the failure of any one function, has complex interactions between functions (including resource contention) which makes it difficult to predict performance, and has limited flexibility (such as requiring the same kernel for all device drivers).

    ""Domain 0 disaggregation"" has been discussed for some time as a way to break out domain 0's functions into separate domains. Doing this enables each domain to be tailored to its function such as using a different kernel or operating system to drive different physical devices. Splitting functions into separate domains removes some of the unintentional interactions such as in-domain resource contention and reduces the system impact of the failure of a single function such as a device driver crash.

    Although domain 0 disaggregation is not new it is seldom used in practise and much of its use is focussed on providing enhanced security. Citrix XenServer will be moving towards a disaggregated domain 0 in order to provide better security, scalability, performance, reliability, supportability and flexibility. This talk will describe XenServer's “Windsor” architecture and explain how it will provide the above benefits to customers and users. We will present an overview of the architecture and some early experimental measurements showing the benefits.

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  5. CloudStack, the world's leading open-source cloud infrastructure platform, was recently donated to the Apache Foundation, and is now an incubated Apache project. Ewan Mellor, Director of Engineering in the Citrix Cloud Platforms Group will describe the CloudStack project and explain why Xen is the pre-eminent hypervisor in public clouds today. He will describe the changes coming in CloudStack in the next 12 months, and how they are going to change the way that Xen is consumed in public and private clouds next year.

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Xen is an open-source type-1 or baremetal hypervisor, which makes it possible to run many instances of an operating system or indeed different operating systems in parallel on a single machine (or host). Xen is the only type-1 hypervisor that is available…

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Xen is an open-source type-1 or baremetal hypervisor, which makes it possible to run many instances of an operating system or indeed different operating systems in parallel on a single machine (or host). Xen is the only type-1 hypervisor that is available as open source. Xen is used as the basis for a number of different commercial and open source applications, such as: server virtualization, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), desktop virtualization, security applications, embedded and hardware appliances. Xen is powering the largest clouds in production today.

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