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During the last few months of 2011 the Xen Community started an effort to port Xen to ARMv7 with virtualization extensions, using the Cortex A15 processor as reference platform.The new Xen port is ...
During the last few months of 2011 the Xen Community started an effort to port Xen to ARMv7 with virtualization extensions, using the Cortex A15 processor as reference platform.The new Xen port is exploiting this set of hardware capabilities to run guest VMs in the most efficient way possible while keeping the ARM specific changes to the hypervisor and the Linux kernel to a minimum.
Developing the new port we took the chance to remove legacy concepts like PV or HVM guests and only support a single kind of guests that is comparable to "PV on HVM" in the Xen X86 world.
This talk will explain the reason behind this and other design choices that we made during the early development process and it will go through the main technical challenges that we had to solve in order to accomplish our goal.
Notable examples are the way Linux guests issue hypercalls and receive event channels notifications from Xen.