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Xen Virtualization Has Many New Features Coming

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Published on 28 March 2014 01:05 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Virtualization
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Xen 4.4 was released earlier this month and this big virtualization update shipped many new features, but there's even more exciting features currently under development.

Russell Pavlicek spoke about the Xen 4.4 release this week at the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit in Napa Valley. Besides extensively going over the many Xen 4.4 features, he also talked about the future.

Some of the improvements to look forward to in Xen virtualization going forward include:

- Xen Automotive for virtualization in your car.

- XenGT for real graphics processor access from virtual machines and just not a means of device pass-through.

- Continued ARM support for Xen in servers, phones, and other areas.

- PVH stability and performance improvements, including AMD CPU support and Domain 0 handling.

- Native support for VMware's VMDK disk format.

- Better distribution integration.

- Improvements in NUMA performance.

- Additional libvirt functionality.

- General performance enhancements.

More details on Xen 4.4 and the improvements going forward, there are PDF slides available for those that aren't out here in the beautiful Napa Valley.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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