IBMers Kalman Meth and Mike Rapoport have brought Mikelangelo technology to the attention of Linux Plumbers conference audience in September 2017 in Los Angeles.
The Linux Plumbers Conference (LPC) is a developer conference for the open source community. The LPC brings together the top developers working on the “plumbing” of Linux — kernel subsystems, core libraries, windowing systems, etc. — and gives them three days to work together on core design problems. Kalman and Mike have used this opportunity to attract community attention to a feature being developed as part of Mikelangelo to optimize IO performance of the vHost attached Virtual Machines, namely Zero-copy Receive for virtio-net/vhost devices.
Kalman and Mike have solicited developers interest through background discussions and followed up by holding a specialized BoF session on the topic. The session was well attended and has generated interesting discussion and follow ups. Presentation slides can be downloaded from the BoF link.
Since September, the Zero-copy Receive feature development has been taken forward to start initial experimentation. Discussions at Linux Plumbers BoF helped us understanding and overcoming quite a few technical obstacles and advancing the implementation status.
Linux Plumbers has provided a great stage to Mikelangelo project, in particular to presenting project’s contributions in the area of IO optimization for virtualized environments. As a result, the community awareness of the project has been sufficiently increased as well as the chances for the project results to be accepted into the community code as soon as ready and proven efficient.