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Thursday, October 25 • 11:00 - 11:30
Secure Virtual Machines on Power - Ram Pai & Guerney Hunt, IBM

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Virtual-machines (VMs) on cloud platform are vulnerable to attacks from sources ranging from other virtual machines, compromised hypervisor to malicious cloud administrator. Securing these VMs requires specialized hardware and software features. Multiple vendors have proposed innovative features to support this need.

Ram and Guerney present the Power9 architectural features that enable a new opensource firmware entity called the Ultravisor. Togather these two components enable the KVM Hypervisor to support a new class of VMs called Secure Virtual Machines (SVMs). This presentation describes the Ultravisor interfaces, the enhancements to KVM and other opensource software entities in the ecosystem.

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Guerney Hunt

Research Staff Member, IBM
Dr. Guerney D. H. Hunt has been a Research Staff Member at IBM’s T. J. Watson Research Center since 1995. He is currently working on transferring security technology into IBM products, and developing additional security technology. He participated in a team funded by the Department... Read More →

Ram Pai

Software Development Lead, IBM
Ram Pai is a Linux kernel developer since 2001. He works for IBM's Linux Technology Center in Hillboro Oregon. He has enabled the VFS Shared-Subtree and POWER memory-key feature to the Linux Kernel. He has also contributed to enable SRIOV, the page cache readahead algorithm, tools... Read More →

Thursday October 25, 2018 11:00 - 11:30 BST
Fintry Auditorium