KVM 2011 Forum Presentations Now Online
Written by Michael Larabel in Virtualization on 18 October 2011 at 09:36 AM EDT. 2 Comments
For those interested in Linux KVM virtualization, Red Hat has published the videos from this year's KVM Forum conference.

KVM Forum 2011 took place in Vancouver from the 15th to 16th of August, but the videos are finally up. KVM Forum was co-located with LinuxCon North America 2011. Videos are now uploaded to YouTube (all the videos are at that link). Other details on this virtualization conference and the presentation slides are available from Linux-KVM.org.

Avi Kivity of Red Hat did the keynote for the KVM conference where he talked about the progress of the Kernel-based Virtual Machine. Recent kernel work included support for nested NPT, nested VMX, a-synchronous page faults, shadow MMU performance improvements, hypervisor-mode PowerPC hosts, transparent huge-pages, and vhost-net zero-copy. What's being worked on right now for KVM is VFIO and dynamic NUMA support. The newest KVM ports are for the A15 ARM and the hypervisor-mode for POWER7 hardware. The keynote slides are available here (PDF).

Another worthwhile presentation is on the porting of KVM to Joyent's SmartOS, which is the Illumos-derived Solaris operating system. This was talked about on Phoronix back in August of KVM going to Solaris. The slides for the KVM SmartOS talk can be found here (also PDF).

IBM talked about porting KVM to the POWER7 processor. Here's the POWER7slides.

There doesn't appear to be a video of this talk, but of interest to many Phoronix readers is likely the Intel OSTC presentation on direct graphics assignment in KVM. Those slides at least are here. Of interest to performance enthusiasts would also be improving the out-of-the-box KVM performance (PDF slides).

In related news, in the next few days I will be publishing performance benchmark results comparing Xen, KVM, and VirtualBox on Ubuntu 11.10.

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