Skip to main content

Xen Project Community Announces Program For Developer Summit In August

By June 15, 2015March 6th, 2019Press Releases

Open Source Hypervisor Community to Collaborate on New Innovations and Future of Xen Project at Annual Event

SAN FRANCISCO, June 15, 2014 – The Xen Project Collaborative Project hosted at The Linux Foundation today announced the program and speakers for the Xen Project Developers Summit that unites developers, integrators and power users for in-person collaboration and educational instruction. The event will take place in Seattle on August 17-18, 2015.

Virtualization is one of the most important technologies in IT today as major trends like cloud computing, the Internet of Things, big data analytics and large web-scale environments accelerate. The Xen Project hypervisor is an industry-leading open source hypervisor that powers many of the world’s largest cloud service providers and enterprises.

The Xen Project Developer Summit brings together its community of developers and power users. Each year the event features the latest developments, best practices, collaboration, product roadmap updates and future planning from developers who are leading the way in server density, million-node data centers, automotive, mobile, graphic-intensive workloads, cloud and enterprise security.

This year’s summit will present the most relevant topics to Xen Project users and integrators, from scaling and optimizations, performance enhancements, and security hardening to high availability and continuous backup desktop virtualization, new devices, boards and architectures.

For the first time, Xen Project Developer Summit and KVM Forum will co-host a Hackathon on Aug. 18 aimed at fostering technical collaboration between the two leading open source hypervisors in IT today. KVM and Xen users and developers will have the opportunity to collaborate and delve into work on libvirt code. A co-hosted evening event will be held that night. 

“Our community members are some of the industry’s most savvy, security-minded virtualization experts in the world,” said Lars Kurth, Xen Project Advisory Board Chairman. “As compute infrastructure changes, Xen Project community is one step ahead driving technical innovations for device-driven computing and hybrid clouds, for example. The Summit is an excellent opportunity to learn how Xen is advancing in new markets like embedded and automotive virtualization, while collaborating to shape the future of Xen Project.”

Following are confirmed speakers and presentations:

●     Dario Faggioli, senior software engineer, Citrix, and Meng Xu, PhD Student, University of Pennsylvania, will co-present the state of scheduling in Xen and the hypervisor provides a set of schedulers, each one suited for specific use cases.

●     Julien Grall, software engineer, Citrix, will target developers making a product based on Xen ARM requiring device assignment.

●     Juergen Gross, Linux kernel developer, SUSE, will outline suggestions for a systems architecture that is much more fault tolerant against hardware and software failures.

●     Manish Jaggi, Xen/KVM hypervisor technical lead, Cavium, will talk about Xen support for ThunderX, a family of highly integrated, multi-core SoC processors based on 64-bit ARMv8 architecture, for data center and cloud applications.

●     Liu Jinsong, PM and RAS maintainer, Alibaba, will introduce live migration at AliCloud, summarizing the technical virtualization, network, and storage problems that need to be solved to make live migration work at AliCloud.

●     Mark Kraeling, product manager, GE Transportation, will talk about virtualizing the locomotive and how GE uses about how GE uses Xen for x86-based processors, and KVM for ARM-based processors.

●     Tamas Lengyel, security researcher at Technische Universitat Muenchen, University of Connecticut PhD student, will shed more light on current trends in virtualization security, pitfalls and new features coming in 4.6.

●     Wei Liu, Xen 4.6 release manager, Citrix, will give a status report on the upcoming Xen Project 4.6 release. 

●     Stefano Stabellini, senior principle software engineer, Citrix, will explain how to deploy OpenStack using the Xen Project hypervisor to run your VMs.

●     Zhi Wang, engineer, Intel, will provide a detailed update on the evolution of Intel Graphics Virtualization Technology for full GPU virtualization.

●     Konrad Wilk, software director, Oracle, will discuss the design and functionality of xSplice, which offers a method for live patching without requiring a system to reboot.

●     Marc Zyngier, kernel hacker, ARM, will share a hypervisor agnostic view of virtualization extensions added to the latest ARM architecture.

Besides presentations, the Summit also provides an opportunity for in-depth interactive discussions (Birds of a Feather sessions), which allow deep interaction and collaboration between Xen Project developers and community members.

Early registration closes July 5, 2015, after which the conference price will increase from $200 to $250. Discounted hotel rates are also available until July 24, 2015. Xen Project Developer Summit Registration includes:

• Attendance to all sessions for the event on Monday, August 17 and Tuesday, August 18

• Xen/KVM Joint Hackathon on Tuesday, August 18

• Xen/KVM Joint Evening Event on Tuesday, August 18

To see the full program and register for Xen Project Developer Summit, please visit:

About Xen Project

Xen Project software is an open source virtualization platform with a similar governance structure to the Linux kernel. Designed from the start for cloud computing, the Project has more than a decade of development and is being used by more than 10 million users. A Collaborative Project at The Linux Foundation, the Xen Project community is focused on advancing virtualization in a number of different commercial and open source applications including server virtualization, Infrastructure as a Services (IaaS), desktop virtualization, security applications, embedded and hardware appliances. It counts many industry and open source community leaders among its members including: Amazon Web Services, AMD, ARM, Cavium, Citrix, Google, Intel, NetApp, Oracle, Rackspace, and Verizon Terremark. For more information about the Xen Project software and to participate, please visit


Sarah Conway
Xen Project
Media Contact