The Ongoing Evolution of Xen

Xen 3 was released in December 2005, bringing new features such as support for SMP guest operating systems, PAE and x86_64, initial support for IA64, and support for CPU hardware virtualization extensions (VT/SVM). In this paper we provide a status update on Xen, reflecting on the evolution of Xen so far, and look towards the future. We will show how Xen's VT/SVM support has been unified and describe plans to optimize our support for unmodified operating systems. We discuss how a single 'xenified' kernel can run on bare metal as well as over Xen. We report on improvements made to the Itanium support and on the status of the ongoing PowerPC port. Finally we conclude with a discussion of the Xen roadmap.


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