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06-12-2008

Clarkson University Team Writes Guidebook to Xen Software

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Clarkson University Associate Professor of Computer Science Jeanna Matthews, along with a team of current and past Clarkson students, has written the book Running Xen: A Hands-on Guide to the Art of Virtualization.Xen

Xen is a virtual machine monitor that allows multiple operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows and Linux, to run simultaneously on the same computer. It is useful for consolidating multiple computers onto a single physical computer to reduce energy and cooling costs. Xen is also used for security, testing, and software development across multiple platforms.

Running Xen is the first comprehensive user's guide to the open source Xen hypervisor. "Our goal for this book was to write exactly the material we wished was available when we first started using Xen in 2003," said Matthews.

The authors say that anyone interested in learning how to make better use of computers should consider reading the book. "While Running Xen is most suitable for the IT professional looking for comprehensive, in-depth knowledge of Xen hypervisor operation, the beginning of the book is equally well-suited as a brief and practical introduction to the many varieties of virtualization in the marketplace today," said Dow. "It would make an excellent supplementary text for an undergraduate operating systems course. I recommend this book to professionals, enthusiasts, and students alike."

The book, released in April, has already had several great reviews. "The book is of tremendous value to many people as evident by the personal testimonials I have received," says Dow. "I am extremely pleased with the book as a whole, the on-line feedback, and the comments/suggestions we have received."

Deshane and Wilbur will give a Xen training session related to the material in the book, "Introduction to the Open Source Xen Hypervisor," in Boston at the USENIX Annual Technical Conference in late June.

Find out more about the book at http://runningxen.com.

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Photo caption: Clarkson University Associate Professor of Computer Science Jeanna Matthews, along with a team of current and past Clarkson students, has written the book Running Xen: A Hands-on Guide to the Art of Virtualization. Front row, left to right: Jeremy P. Bongio, Todd M. Deshane and Patrick F. Wilbur; back row: Eli M. Dow, Matthews and Wenjin Hu. Not present for the photo is Brendan M. Johnson.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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