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Re: [Xen-devel] Taking on a Xen development project

On 04/12/15 20:26, jtotto@xxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> Hi,
> We're a team of three fourth-year undergraduate software engineering
> students at the University of Waterloo in Canada.  We're in the process
> of planning for our capstone design project, and are interested in
> contributing to Xen.  Ideally, we'd like to take on a hypervisor/kernel
> hacking project with roughly the same scope as a Google Summer of Code
> project (like the hypervisor or domain support projects described at
> [0]), following a similar timeline (roughly May to August 2016).  We're
> all broadly interested in systems programming in C, and have each had
> relevant academic and internship experiences.
> Each of projects [1-3] currently on the Wiki look interesting, though
> we'd be completely open to others as well.  In particular, we'd be open
> to picking up Ben Catterall's work on HVM x86 deprivileged mode [4].  Do
> any of these projects seem like a good fit in terms of usefulness to the
> community and our timeline?  If so, we'd love to communicate more with
> any maintainers with projects in mind!  We were also hoping to
> familiarize ourselves with the project by addressing some Coverity
> issues, if any are open at the moment.
> Thanks!
> Harley Armstrong, Chester Lin, Joshua Otto

Hello - thankyou for your interest.

One area to look at might be the parameters to the live migration
looping.  As part of the migration v2 rework I did in the 4.6 dev
period, I left all of that alone, and it is in a working but poor state.

In the past, there have been several research investigations into
improving the live migration algorithm, such as tracking the rate of
dirtying of memory, or attempting to resume the domain on the far side
and fault the final memory across.

If you are interested in perusing this, start with reading
docs/features/migration.pandoc in the Xen tree.


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