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Kernel Virtual Machine

KVM (for Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a full virtualization solution for Linux on x86 hardware containing virtualization extensions (Intel VT or AMD-V). It consists of a loadable kernel module, kvm.ko, that provides the core virtualization infrastructure and a processor specific module, kvm-intel.ko or kvm-amd.ko.

Using KVM, one can run multiple virtual machines running unmodified Linux or Windows images. Each virtual machine has private virtualized hardware: a network card, disk, graphics adapter, etc.

KVM is open source software. The kernel component of KVM is included in mainline Linux, as of 2.6.20. The userspace component of KVM is included in mainline QEMU, as of 1.3.

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Featured Article

KVM Forum 2015

The KVM Forum 2015 was held from August 19-21 at the Sheraton Seattle in Seattle, USA. It was co-located with LinuxCon NA 2015.


Live Updates

Watch the Google+ Group for live updates from the event.

Videos and Slides

Wednesday morning - August 19, 2015

  • KVM Forum 2015 - KVM Keynote by Paolo Bonzini (video, slides)
  • Real-Time KVM by Rik van Riel (video, slides)
  • Real-Time KVM for the Masses by Jan Kiszka (video, slides)
  • Virtualizing the Locomotive: Ready, Set, Go! by Mark Kraeling (video, slides)
  • Pushing the limits: 1000 guests per host and beyond by Jens Freimann (video, slides)

Wednesday afternoon - August 19, 2015


Thursday morning - August 20, 2015

  • KVM Forum 2015 - QEMU Keynote by Alexander Graf (video, slides)
  • Towards multi-threaded TCG by Alex Bennée and Frederic Konrad (video, slides)
  • KVM Message Passing Performance by David Matlack (video, slides)
  • ARM: Caches that give you enough rope to shoot yourself in the foot by Marc Zyngier (video, slides)
  • QEMU and OpenGL by Gerd Hoffmann (video, slides)
  • QEMU for Xilinx ZynqMP by Edgar E. Iglesias (video, slides)
  • QEMU interface introspection: from hacks to solutions by Markus Armbruster (video, slides)

Thursday afternoon - August 20, 2015


Friday morning - August 21, 2015

  • KVM Forum 2015 - Libvirt Keynote by Jiří Denemark (video, slides)
  • Backing Chain management in QEMU and libvirt by Eric Blake (video, slides)
  • Libvirt: What did we do wrong? by Michal Privoznik (video, slides)
  • oVirt and Gluster, hyper-converged! by Martin Sivak (video, slides)
  • High performance VMs in OpenStack by Nikola Dipanov (video, slides)
  • kvm-unit-tests: past, present, and future by Andrew Jones (video, slides)
  • The new oVirt Extension API - The 1st step for fully modular oVirt by Martin Perina (video, slides)

Friday afternoon - August 21, 2015