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Re: [Xen-devel] Undergraduate Thesis Work

Hi there,

It'd be really nice if we could find something mutually beneficial for you to 
work on.

How much experience in OS programming do you have currently?  Any experience 
hacking on the Linux / BSD kernels?  What sort of level should the project 
work be at - can you give any examples of other projects people have done?

Have you looked at the roadmap: 
http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/Research/SRG/netos/xen/roadmap.html for examples of 
things we're looking at?


On Wednesday 11 May 2005 00:47, Travis Vachon wrote:
> To whom it may concern
> I am a third year Computer Science major at Williams College in
> Williamstown, Massachusetts looking into thesis work to complete the
> honors program for my degree.
> To fulfill the requirements for this program, I am required to perform
> independent research during the fall semester of next year leading into a
> Senior Thesis during our January term and the spring semester of 2006.
> I'm currently hoping to do research into virtual machines, first by
> acquainting myself with virtualization techniques in general, and then by
> trying to focus in on modern projects, of which Xen seems to be ideal,
> given its open source nature and the recent attention it has gotten from a
> number of sources.
> Once this is done, for my thesis I would like to attempt to either extend
> the functionality of Xen, or use Xen in a way that is of interest to the
> virtualization community.
> I am e-mailing this list because I am hoping to get the input of the Xen
> developers on current long term projects within Xen or using Xen that
> would be appropriate for this kind of project (approximately 4 1/2 months
> of work, after research is complete, carrying an otherwise full
> course load).
> Essentially, I am hoping for answers to the following questions:
> 1) What additional functionality is being considered on the time scale I'm
> looking at? Of course, I assume that most of the projects on the Xen 3.0
> roadmap are being incorporated into the next release of Xen this summer,
> so work on most of these projects would be repetitive. What kinds of
> additional projects are being looked into within the next year?
> 2) What kinds of projects utilizing Xen are being looked at? What kind of
> research would be useful?
> 3) How viable is this idea? I will need to have an idea for a thesis
> pretty much pinned down at the beginning of the fall semester next year
> (around September). Should I continue to pursue Xen as a topic for
> research and thesis work?
> 4) What is the best way to continue to stay in touch with the community?
> Is this the best list? If this e-mail would be better served, or would be
> more appropriate on another list, where should I send it?
> Thank you very much for reading this e-mail, and please excuse me if I
> have posted this in the wrong place. I appreciate any responses (even
> "This is the worst idea I've ever heard" or "What are you thinking?"), and
> I look forward to further communication with any interested parties.
> Thank you again!
> Travis Vachon, Williams College class of 2006
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