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Wednesday, September 13 • 4:00pm - 4:40pm
Unikernels: Where Are They Now? - Amir Chaudhry, Docker

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Unikernels represent an extreme approach to application specialisation, and have typically been associated with virtual machines running on hypervisors. However, the technology is much more widely useful, can run on different targets, and has steadily made its way into other projects and products.

In this talk we'll review the progress in the unikernel ecosystem and highlight the advances of the most active open-source projects:
- MirageOS, which has improved the dev experience and supports new cloud targets.
- HaLVM, which created a product to help detect network intrusions.
- IncludeOS, which has made rapid progress and introduced POSIX compatibility.

We'll also discuss how the underlying ideas behind unikernels, of minimalism, composability, and security, have found their way into other projects and products, and the questions this poses for building maintainable systems.

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Amir Chaudhry

Member of Technical Staff, Docker
Amir Chaudhry is the Community Manager for MirageOS and works at Docker to make unikernels accessible to developers everywhere. Most of his time is spent on open source efforts and he's a big fan of automation to maximise developer impact. In previous lives he led operations at a... Read More →

Wednesday September 13, 2017 4:00pm - 4:40pm PDT
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