BKK19-503 - VMs in a container-centric world

Session Abstract

While Virtual Machines have been around for many decades containers are a relatively new development. Their usage has grown rapidly as users have started designing solutions using swarms of micro services in on-demand clouds managed by orchestration systems. At the same time containers are really just a group of processes sharing a host kernel which has led to concerns about security and isolation if things go wrong. Efforts are now underway to bring the strong isolation of virtual machines into the free-wheeling world of rapidly updated
containerised applications.

This talk will give an overview of the two technologies and how they are being brought together to provide the best of both worlds. This includes topics such as making orchestration systems VM aware as well as projects to move container run times into specialised virtual machines. We will also discuss what else needs to be done to enable the ARM eco-system to take advantage of these two complimentary technologies.

Session Speakers

Alex Bennée

Senior Software Engineer (Linaro)

Alex started learning to program in the 80s in an era of classic home computers that allowed you to get down and dirty at the system level. After graduating with a degree in Chemistry hes worked on a variety of projects including Fruit Machines, Line Cards, CCTV recorders and point-to-multipoint wireless microwave systems. Since the turn of the century his primary focus has been working with FLOSS platforms, especially Linux. An alumni of Transitive he has a broad experience of cross-platform virtualization as well as a strong background in telecommunications and networking. A keen Emacs user he will happily answer questions and proselytise for the One True Editor (tm).

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