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Re: [Xen-devel] Enhancing Xen's Kconfig infrastructure to support tailored solutions

On Tue, Feb 12, 2019 at 09:34:25PM -0500, Daniel P. Smith wrote:
> Greetings,
> On the 11/14/18 Xen x86 community call a discussion was initiated about
> using Kconfig to build minimized versions of Xen for security, safety
> and other certification requirements. After some offline discussions
> with Xen contributors I realized that a variety of efforts each with
> their own respective goals are underway,
>  - nested virtualization
>  - mixed criticality architectures
>  - reducing trusted componentary
>  - combining hardware protection of virtualization with performance and
> ease-of-use of containers
> These efforts use hypervisors in different roles, all which Xen is
> capable of meeting. Today Xen's utility comes at the expense of carrying
> features necessary for one role to be present in another role where it
> is not required, e.g. PV interfaces that may not be essential in an ARM
> mixed criticality deployment.
> The initial focus will be to explore and document the range of possible
> use cases that are of interest to the Xen community. This will be the
> input to a design document that is crafted in conjunction with the Xen
> maintainers, to identify possible approaches to extend the existing
> Kconfig infrastructure to produce tailored instances of Xen.
> If you are interested in participating in this effort, please reply to
> this thread to outline possible use cases, design constraints and other
> considerations for improving Xen's Kconfig infrastructure to support
> tailoring for specific use cases.

My impression from the community call is that you want to provide
smallish configurations for different use cases.

The Kconfig infrastructure is already able to do what you want as far as
I can tell.  You can easily feed it a base config file -- see files
under automation/configs/x86/.  What sort of extension is needed in your

As use case goes, it would be a good start if you just submit something
you care about.


> V/r,
> Daniel P. Smith
> Apertus Solutions, LLC

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