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Looking Back at LinuxCon + ContainerCon + CloudOpen in China

LinuxCon + ContainerCon + CloudOpen (LC3) came to China for the first time last week at the China National Convention Center in Beijing.

LC3 enables attendees to collaborate, share information and learn about the newest and most interesting open source technologies, including Linux, containers, cloud technologies, networking, microservices and more. The events also provide insight into how to navigate and lead in the open source community.

Expert speakers from VMware shared their open source insights and technical knowledge at the event.

Dirk Hohndel, VMware Chief Open Source Officer, had an interview with Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux and Git. According to Linus, the advantage of participating in open source is more opportunities to interact and share with people in this field and try something that you had always been interested in. Read this great recap of their interview via Linus Torvalds Explains How Linux Still Surprises and Motivates Him.

Ben Pfaff, Principal Engineer, and Justin Pettit, Senior Staff Engineer, delivered a speech on the Open vSwitch and OVN projects. In this presentation, they provide an overview of the current state of the projects and their future plans.

Ben and Justin also had another speech in this conference, entitled “The Business Reality of Building Open Source: What We Learned from OVS and OVN.” In this presentation, they discussed quite a few questions that commonly arise in supporting open source projects within companies that primarily develop closed-source software.

Henry Zhang, Chief Architect of R&D China, gave a speech on Efficient and Secure Container Image Management in Enterprise. In this presentation, he focused on the management of container images and reviewed the challenges to enterprises and discussed how to manage container images efficiently and securely to meet the need of enterprises.

Challenges addressed included RBAC (Role Based Access Control), image consistency, large scale image distribution, image replication and promotion and high availability of registry. The open source registry Project Harbor was introduced as part of the solution to these challenges.

Tiejun Chen, Staff Engineer, delivered a speech of Unikernalized Linux. In his speech, Unikernels are facing three major challenges:

  1. Compatibility with existing applications.
  2. Lack of production support (e.g. monitoring, debugging, logging).
  3. Lack of compelling use case.

Tiejun reviewed their investigations and exploration of if and/or how they can convert Linux as Unikernel to eliminate these significant shortcomings, plus some explorations of coordinating and cooperating with hypervisor.

VMware’s Booth at LC3

VMware also had a booth to promote open source projects, including Harbor, Clarity and Admiral. The booth attracted 200-plus visitors, who came over to have a deep interaction with our onsite engineers. They discussed the VMware technology in the open source area.

The conference gave us an opportunity to promote open source products to the China developer community, and we are looking forward to the opportunity to engage with many more open source developers at events throughout the rest of 2017.



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