March has been an exciting month for Kata Containers, leading us into an even more exciting summer. In addition to many events coming up where Kata will have a presence, our favorite container with a kernel has been making big news — literally.
Good news, everyone! Kata Containers 3.1.0 was officially released on March 23, 2023, with several improvements including (but not limited to):
- Support for AMD SEV-SNP VMs
- Upgrade to QEMU v7.2.0
- Cloud Hypervisor upgrade to v29.0
- Several improvements to
runtime-rsincluding the addition of support for hugepages
Plus plenty more! Check out the release notes for more details on changes made and to download the package for yourself.
Spring 2023 Elections
It’s that time again, everyone — elections for open chairs on the Kata Containers Architecture Committee are due to begin on April 5, 2023. This year’s elections will be a bit different than those before, as the amount of seats open has been expanded from two to four as a response to the monumental growth of the Kata community over the past five years. Any member of the community who has contributed to Kata Containers is eligible to run for a seat, which can be done by submitting a text file to the corresponding election folder in the kata-containers/community repo on GitHub. Further details on the candidacy process can be found on the Spring 2023 Etherpad, but if you have any other questions or need help getting started, feel free to reach out on Kata Containers Slack for further guidance.
Kata Containers in the News
Since officially announcing support for Kata Containers for isolation & pod sandboxing on Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) at KubeCon US back in the fall of 2022, the team over at Microsoft has been busy further innovating & integrating Kata to such an impressive degree that it resulted in an article in Forbes magazine. Those attending KubeCon EU will want to keep an eye out for further announcements on how Microsoft is using Kata Containers. We’ve heard that something amazing is coming.
Project Teams Gathering
In case you missed it, Kata Containers recently participated in the OpenInfra Project Teams Gathering (PTG) where both the current status and future plans for Kata Containers were discussed by Kata Herders from around the world. If you weren’t able to make it to the live session or if you were there and need a refresher, check out the recorded session available here on the official March 2023 team Etherpad.
KubeCon EU 2023
Save the date! We’re a little more than three weeks away from KubeCon EU, happening April 18–21 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and there are several sessions, activities and announcements about Kata Containers on the schedule. Our friends at Microsoft will be kicking off KubeCon with a special pre-event, Azure Day with Kubernetes happening April 18 from 9–5 pm CEST. Those who will be attending in person can register for the event here. If you are unable to attend in person, you can register to receive a post-event recording.
If you’re still planning your KubeCon schedule, save room for sessions on Kata Containers and Confidential Computing happening on April 19. A list of Kata/CoCo sessions has been gathered below for easy addition to your KubeCon schedule:
- The Next Episode in Workload Isolation: Confidential Containers | Wednesday, April 19 | 14:30–15:05 CEST
- Experience with “Hard Multi-Tenancy” in Kubernetes using Kata Containers | Wednesday, April 19 | 17:25–18:00 CEST
As a note, in-person tickets for KubeCon have already sold out, but virtual passes are still available for purchase on the official KubeCon website. Whether in person or virtual, we hope to see you there!
Don’t forget — get your tickets to the OpenInfra Summit before they sell out! This year, the Summit is returning to beautiful Vancouver, B.C. Canada from June 13–15, at the Vancouver Convention Centre, along with the return of the in-person Project Teams Gathering. There will be several sessions on Kata Containers during OpenInfra Summit that you won’t want to miss along with opportunities to connect with fellow Kata Herders to discuss the future of Kata Containers live during PTG. Register for your ticket before time runs out!
The buzz around Kata Containers is growing and we need your help to get the word out even more! Below is a list of a few upcoming events where a presentation on Kata Containers would fit that currently have Call for Proposals open. If you have an abstract on hand, send em’ in! You never know what (good) opportunities could be waiting for you.
- Confidential Computing Summit | June 29, 2023 — San Francisco, CA | CFP open until April 15, 2023
- StrangeLoop 2023 | September 21–23, 2023 — St. Louis, MO | CFP Open from April 3 — April 30, 2023