DevConf.US 2019 has ended
DevConf.us 2019 is the 2nd annual, free, Red Hat sponsored technology conference for community project and professional contributors to Free and Open Source technologies held at the Boston University in the historic city of Boston, USA.

When: Thursday, August 15 to Saturday, August 17, 2018

Venue: Boston University, George Sherman Union Building
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Saturday, August 17 • 14:40 - 15:25
UniKernel Linux (UKL)

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Unikernels are small, lightweight, single address space operating systems, with the kernel included as a library with the application. Because unikernels run a single application, there is no sharing or competition for resources among different applications, improving performance and security. Unikernels have thus far seen limited production deployment. This project aims to turn the Linux kernel into a unikernel with these characteristics: 1) easily compiled for any application, 2) uses battle-tested, production Linux and glibc code, 3) allows the entire upstream Linux developer community to maintain and develop the code, and 4) provides applications normallying running vanilla Linux to benefit from unikernal performance and security advantages. UniKernel Linux (UKL) provides the opportunity to pursue many interesting research ideas, e.g. studying advantages of bypassing syscalls and directly invoking internal kernel functionality, studying impacts of link time optimizations across application/kernel boundaries, studying performance benefits from profile driven optimizations, and observing performance gains from simplified user level synchronization mechanisms.


Saturday August 17, 2019 14:40 - 15:25 EDT
East Balcony GS Union, BU