The Hypervisor is developed by a world-wide community of individuals, researchers and employees of companies and that follow the Xen Project Governance process based on openness, transparency and meritocracy. The project is supported by the Xen Project Advisory Board made up of project member companies that fund the Xen Project. You can find a recent contribution breakdown in the Xen Project 4.6 and Xen Project 4.5 Contribution Acknowledgments.
Introduction to the Hypervisor
What's in Xen Project 4.6
In 2015, we released Xen Project 4.6.0. You can find more information on Xen Project 4.6 in the Feature List, Release Notes and Man Pages. Xen Project 4.4 software can be downloaded from the Xen Project 4.6 download pages.
Xen Project 4.6 Features and Futures
Xen Project Releases are developed on a 9 months release cadence and follows the process outlined here.
Support for ARM CPUs
With the introduction of virtualization extensions on ARM processors, the Xen Project has added support for newer ARM CPUs to the Xen Project Hypervisor (the first release with ARM support was Xen 4.3). This port is developed and maintained by the Hypervisor team, and developed in the Xen mainline and the upstream Linux kernel. You can find information related to this work on the wiki.
Originally ARM support for newer CPUs was designed for Servers. However, recently we have seen interest for Xen Project on ARM used on Mobiles, Tablets, for Automotive applications, Middlebox Processing (Firewalls, NATs) and other Embedded applications.
Selected Presentations, Demos and Press Coverage
- Ubuntu 15.10: KVM vs. Xen vs. VirtualBox Virtualization Performance (Phoronix, 2015)
- xSplice - Patching Hypervisor (Oracle, 2015)
- VM Introspection: Practical Applications (Zentific, 2015)
- Xen Project Hypervisor 4.6 on CentOS 7 (ARM 64 bits) (The CentOS Project, 2015)
- Xen Project 4.4 Installed In OpenStack DevStack in Under 15 Minutes (Xen Project, 2015)
- XenGT (iGVT-g) Demo (Intel, 2014)
- Xen Project on ARM Project Update (Citrix, 2013)
- Performance Evaluation of Live Migration based on Xen Project on ARM PVH (Samsung, 2013)
- Xen Project Automotive Hypervisor (GlobalLogic, Automotive Linux Summit 2014)
- Xen Project in Open Source Based In-Vehicle Infotainment Systems (GlobalLogic, 2013)
- Xen Project on ARM - Virtualization for the Automotive Industry (Citrix, 2013)
- Embedded, NFV, and others
- Zynq MPSoC Gets Xen Hypervisor Support (Dornerworks, 2015)
- RT-Xen: Real-Time Virtualization in Xen (Washington University, 2014)
- Porting FreeRTOS to Xen on the ARM Cortex A15 (Galois, 2014)
- Xen and the Art of Certification (DornerWorks, 2014)
- Enabling Fast, Dynamic Network Processing with ClickOS (NEC, 2013)
- Dual Android on Nexus 10 (Samsung, 2013)
Getting the Hypervisor
Sources for Xen Project Binaries
You can get recent binaries as packages from most Linux and Unix distributions, both open source and commercial. Some Linux distributions deliver Xen Project software as a LiveCD, that you can use to easily test the hypervisor.
The Xen Hypervisor is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL2).