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[Xen-devel] Xen 4.3 development update, 15 Oct

This information will be mirrored on the Xen 4.3 Roadmap wiki page:

= Timeline =

We are planning on a 9-month release cycle.  Based on that, below are
our estimated dates:
* Feature Freeze: 25 March 2013
* First RC: 6 May 2013
* Release: 17 June 2013

The RCs and release will of course depend on stability and bugs, and
will therefore be fairly unpredictable.  The feature freeze may be
slipped for especially important features which are near completion.

= Feature tracking =

Below is a list of features we're tracking for this release. Please
respond to this mail with any updates to the status.

There are a number of items whose owners are marked as "?".  If you
are working on this, or know who is working on it, please respond and
let me know.  Alternately, if you would *like* to work on it, please
let me know as well.

And if there is something you're working on you'd like tracked, please
respond, and I will add it to the list.

NB: Several of the items on this list are from external projects:
linux, qemu, and libvirt.  These are not part of the Xen tree, but are
directly related to our users' experience (e.g., work in Linux or
qemu) or to integration with other important projects (e.g., libvirt
bindings).  Since all of these are part of the Xen community work, and
comes from the same pool of labor, it makes sense to track the
progress here, even though they won't explicitly be released as part
of 4.3.

== Completed ==

* Linux console improvements
  -EHCI debug port

* Default to QEMU upstream (partial)
 - pci pass-thru (external)
 - enable dirtybit tracking during migration (external)

* CPUID-based idle (don't rely on ACPI info f/ dom0)

== Bugs ==

* xl, compat mode, and older kernels
  owner: ?
  Many older 32-bit PV kernels that can run on a 64-bit hypervisor with
  xend do not work when started with xl.  The following work-around seems to
    xl create -p lightning.cfg
    xenstore-write /local/domain/$(xl domid
lightning)/device/vbd/51713/protocol x86_32-abi
    xl unpause lightning
  This node is normally written by the guest kernel, but for older kernels
  seems not to be.  xend must have a work-around; port this work-around to xl.

== Not yet complete ==

* PVH mode (w/ Linux)
  owner: mukesh@oracle
  Linux: 3rd draft patches posted.
  Xen: Patches being cleaned up for submission

* Event channel scalability
  owner: attilio@citrix
  status: initial design proposed
  Increase limit on event channels (currently 1024 for 32-bit guests,
  4096 for 64-bit guests)

* ARM server port
  owner: ijc@citrix
  status: Core hypervisor patches accepted; Linux paches pending

* NUMA scheduler affinity
  owner: dario@citrix
  status: Patches posted

* NUMA Memory migration
  owner: dario@citrix
  status: ?

* blktap3
  owner: thanos@citrix
  status: in progress

* Default to QEMU upstream
 - qemu-based stubdom (Linux or BSD libc)
   owner: anthony@citrix
   status: in progress
   qemu-upstream needs a more fully-featured libc than exists in
   mini-os.  Either work on a minimalist linux-based stubdom with
   glibc, or port one of the BSD libcs to minios.

 - xl cd-{insert,eject} (external)
   status: intilal implementation submitted

* Persistent grants (external)
  owner: roger.pau@citrix
  status: Initial implementation posted

* Multi-page blk rings (external)
 - blkback in kernel (konrad@oracle, ?@intel)
 - qemu blkback
  status: ?

* Multi-page net protocol (external)
  owner: ijc@citrix or annie.li@oracle
  status: Initial patches posted (by Wei Liu)
  expand the network ring protocol to allow multiple pages for
  increased throughput

* Scalability: 16TiB of RAM
  owner: jan@suse
  status: Not started

* vTPM updates
  owner: Matthew Fioravante @ Johns Hopkins
  status: v2 patches submitted
  - Allow all vTPM components to run in stub domains for increased security
  - Update vtpm to 0.7.1 from 0.5.x

* libvirt/libxl integration (external)
 - Migration
   owner: cyliu@suse (?)
   status: first draft implemented, not yet submitted
 - Itemize other things that need work
   To begin with, we need someone to go and make some lists:
   - Features available in libvirt/KVM not available in libvirt/libxl
     See http://libvirt.org/hvsupport.html
   - Features available in xl/Xen but not available in libvirt/Xen

* V4V: Inter-domain communication
  owner (Xen): jean.guyader@xxxxxxxxxx
  status (Xen): patches submitted
  owner (Linux driver):  stefano.panella@citrix
  status (Linux driver): in progress

* Wait queues for mm (NEW)
  owner: ?
  status: Draft posted Feb 2012; more work to do.

* xl vm-{export,import}
  owner: ?
  status: ?
  Allow xl to import and export VMs to other formats; particularly
  ovf, perhaps the XenServer format, or more.

* xl PVUSB pass-through for both PV and HVM guests
  owner: ?
  status: ?
  xm/xend supports PVUSB pass-through to guests with PVUSB drivers
(both PV and HVM guests).
  - port the xm/xend functionality to xl.
  - this PVUSB feature does not require support or emulation from Qemu.
  - upstream the Linux frontend/backend drivers. Current
work-in-progress versions are in Konrad's git tree.
  - James Harper's GPLPV drivers for Windows include PVUSB frontend drivers.

* xl USB pass-through for HVM guests using Qemu USB emulation
  owner: ?
  status: ?
  xm/xend with qemu-traditional supports USB passthrough to HVM guests
using the Qemu emulated USB controller.
  The HVM guest does not need any special drivers for this feature.
  So basicly the qemu cmdline needs to have:
     -usb -usbdevice host:xxxx:yyyy
  - port the xm/xend functionality to xl.
  - make sure USB passthrough with xl works with both qemu-traditional
and qemu-upstream.

* xl QXL Spice support (NEW)
  owner: Zhou Peng
  status: Patches against 4.2-unstable posted, need refresh & resubmit

* openvswitch toostack integration
  owner: roger@citrix
  status: Sample script posted by Bastian ("[RFC] openvswitch support script")

* Rationalized backend scripts (incl. driver domains)
  owner: roger@citrix
  status: ?

* Linux console improvements
  owner: ?
  status: Stalled (see below)
  -xHCI debug port (Needs hardware)
  -Firewire (needs hardware)

* Remove hardcoded mobprobe's in xencommons
  owner: ?
  status: ?

* Make storage migration possible
  owner: ?
  status: ?
  There needs to be a way, either via command-line or via some hooks,
  that someone can build a "storage migration" feature on top of libxl
  or xl.

* Full-VM snapshotting
  owner: ?
  status: ?
  Have a way of coordinating the taking and restoring of VM memory and
  disk snapshots.  This would involve some investigation into the best
  way to accomplish this.

* VM Cloning
  owner: ?
  status: May need review
  Again, a way of coordinating the memory and disk aspects.  Research
  into the best way to do this would probably go along with the
  snapshotting feature.

* Memory: Replace PoD with paging mechanism
  owner: george@citrix
  status: May need review

* PV audio (audio for stubdom qemu)
  owner: stefano.panella@citrix
  status: ?

* Managed domains?

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