Amir Chaudhry

Unikernels at Docker at Docker


Unikernels: How we got here and where we're going
Thursday 16:10 - 16:55
Operating systems

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Word of Unikernels is beginning to spread, especially the benefits around their lean size and portability. Attributes like these allow developers to make the most use of hardware resources while still providing a seamless experiences for end-users.

This talk will present a brief overview of how cloud computing looks today and how we got here. Then we'll cover the basics of unikernels and some of the implementations that are available to use today before looking at some specific demos. There will be plenty of time for questions!

Talk objectives:

  • Provide background and overview of unikernels
  • Demonstrate the many ways to get started with this approach to programmable infrastructure
  • Allow enough time for audience participation/questions!

Target audience:
  • Anyone interested in where cloud computing is going. This includes people thinking of containers, orchestration, security.
  • Anyone interested in approaches that span both the cloud and embedded systems (e.g. IoT).


Amir works at Docker and was previously Programme Manager in the OCaml Labs group at the Cambridge Computer Laboratory. Most of his time is spent on open source efforts and he's a big fan of automation (testing, deployment, etc). He's previously been involved in a number of startups and has a diverse academic background with an MSci in Physics and a PhD in Neuroscience.

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