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Xen Project Community Hosts Annual Developers Summit in August

By June 8, 2016March 6th, 2019Press Releases

Open Source Hypervisor Community Descends on Toronto to Discuss, Educate and Collaborate on the future of the Xen Project Virtualization

SAN FRANCISCO, June 8, 2016 – The Xen Project, a project hosted at The Linux Foundation, today announced the program and speakers for theXen Project Developer Summit that brings together developers, integrators and power users for in-person collaboration and educational presentations. The event will take place in Toronto, Canada from August 25-26, 2016 co-located with LinuxCon North America.

The Xen Project hypervisor was built to be forward-looking and nimble like the cloud itself. It powers the new needs of computing and virtualization through a rich ecosystem of community members that focus on everything from security, embedded, and web-scale environments. The Summit is an opportunity for developers and software engineers to collaborate and discuss the latest advancements of Xen Project software. It is a neutral event focused on education and collaboration amongst those interested in Xen Project technology, virtualization and cloud computing.

“The Xen Project community is made up of an incredibly talented group of developers,” said Lars Kurth, chairperson of the Xen Project advisory board. “The Xen Project Developer Summit, is a great opportunity to learn more about how the Xen Project is growing with new computing infrastructures and how it is used in new market segments, such as the automotive industry, mobile as well as IoT.”

In addition to presentations, the Xen Project will be running a half-day hackathon alongside the Summit on the last day. Xen Project hackathons have evolved in format into a series of structured problem solving sessions that scale up to 50 people.

This flagship event features presentations on the latest developments, best practices, collaboration, product roadmap updates and future planning from developers and users who are leading the way in server density, hardware, automotive, cloud and enterprise security. The following are several confirmed speakers and presentations:

  • Christopher Clark, consultant at BAE Systems, will present on the OpenXT Project and how developers can assist in contributing to the project. OpenXT Project is a development toolkit for hardware-assisted security research and appliance integration; it stands on the shoulders of the Xen Project, OpenEmbedded Linux and XenClient XT.
  • Mihai Dontu, technical project manager at Bitdefender, will present on the technical hurdles he and his team had to overcome when building a commercial product on the introspection capabilities of the Xen Project hypervisor. This presentation is meant to provide guidelines to anyone interested in building a professional security product utilizing the latest Xen Project features.
  • George Dunlap, senior engineer at Citrix, will provide an overview on how developers can improve the code review process for maintainers before they review a patch.
  • Julien Grall, software virtualization engineer at ARM, will cover how to understand how page table should be compliant with the ARM specifications; he will also give an overview of how Xen ARM is handling page table.
  • Weidong Han, architect of virtualization at Huawei, will discuss his team’s analysis on Xen Project core scalability features and functions.
  • Jun Nakajima, senior principal engineer at Intel, will highlight what it takes to build HPC Cloud based on Xen Project software.
  • Konrad Wilk, software development manager at Oracle, will provide an overview about bringing hot-patching to the Xen Project hypervisor. This new feature will allow system administrators to update the hypervisor without the need to reboot.

To view the full schedule, please head here:

Citrix is a Diamond sponsor for the event, and Huawei and Intel are both Platinum sponsor. If you are interested in sponsoring, please contact Kara Foley, In addition, follow updates on the event via Xen Project’s Twitter, Google+ or Facebook page. Hashtag for the event is #xendevsummit.

About Xen Project

Xen Project software is an open source virtualization platform licensed under the GPLv2 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 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: Alibaba, Amazon Web Services, AMD, ARM, Bromium, Cavium, Citrix, Huawei, Intel, NetApp, Oracle, Rackspace, and Verizon Terremark. For more information about the Xen Project software and to participate, please visit


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