BeagleBoard/GSoC/2019Proposal/Xen on BeagleBoard-x15
The project idea is to make Xen hypervisor available and easy to use on beagleboard-x15. To achieve this, it is planned to write Xen-supporting code and tutorials for Xen setup on the board. Another project goal is to improve user experience by working on optimizations for Beagleboard's kernel virtualization support code and/or on user-space tools.
Previously, the problem was discussed in xen mailing list and in beagleboard mailing list. The general solution wasn't provided and it seems that the problem still does exist.
The virtualization will make prototyping of virtualization-based security solutions easier in such areas like automotive computing and mobile privacy (BYOD problems).
Student: Denis Obrezkov
Mentors: Jason Kridner, Stefano Stabellini, Julien Grall, Iain Hunter
This project is currently just a proposal.
Please complete the requirements listed on the ideas page and fill out this template.
IRC: Freenode IRC nickname
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Previous GSoC participation: Tell us why you want to participate in GSoC here. Also, provide list of URLs for any previous GSoC participation with any organizations.
About your project
Project name: Super Awesome Project
In 10-20 sentences, what are you making, for whom, why and with what technologies (programming languages, etc.)? (We are looking for open source SOFTWARE submissions.)
In my project I want to provide a working implementation of Xen hypervisor on BeagleBoard-x15. This implementation will allow users to experiment on embedded virtualization and in related fields like automotive, critical systems prototyping and processor's resources sharing. It might also provide very interesting possibilities for heterogeneous resources' utilization. Another important outcome for both Xen and Beagleboard communities is a set of documentation on installation and usage processes. I hope that the project will also allow to make both this projects (beagleboard and xen) more popular among developers.
My own motivation for this project is to improve open-source embedded virtualization. The knowledge obtained during the project will simplify my work in the field of embedded and mobile security.
The technology stack in this project involves arm architecture, Linux kernel, Xen virtualization and bootloading. The main programming language is C and assembler will likely be used. Also, some C++ might be used for writing utilities. The hardware needed for this project is Beagleboard-X15 and xds-200 debugger. The gdb debugger will probably be used in this project.
Provide a development timeline with a milestone each of the 11 weeks and any pre-work. (A realistic timeline is critical to our selection process.)
2019-06-03: Milestone #1
- Introductory Youtube video
2019-06-10: Milestone #2
2019-06-17: Milestone #3
2019-06-24: First evaluation milestone
2019-07-01: Milestone #5
2019-07-08: Milestone #6
2019-07-15: Milestone #7
2019-07-22: Second evaluation milestone
2019-08-05: Milestone #9
2019-08-12: Milestone #10
2019-08-19: Coding completion milestone
- Completion Youtube video
Experience and approach
In 5-15 sentences, convince us you will be able to successfully complete your project in the timeline you have described.
What will you do if you get stuck on your project and your mentor isn’t around?
If successfully completed, what will its impact be on the BeagleBoard.org community? Include quotes from BeagleBoard.org community members who can be found on http://beagleboard.org/discuss and http://bbb.io/gsocchat.
Is there anything else we should have asked you?